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February 3, 2012

Former St. John's Prep star Lucier rooting for his ex-Giants teammates

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Despite the oddsmakers, who have the Pats listed as a slight favorite, Lucier believes it is an even game.

"I see it as a pick'em — with neither team favored," he said. "Tom's record in domes is unbelievable, but I think if you're a Patriots fan you want them to torch the Giants early and not leave it up to Manning at the end, because that could turn into another one like the last (Super Bowl)."

Lucier says his whole family has switched their football allegiances back to the Patriots now that he's out of the NFL.

"I have to hear it from them all the time," he laughed. " I used to be friends with a couple of Colorado guys on the Patriots, but the only one I really know now is (offensive lineman) Dan Koppen because he was Brian (St. Pierre's) roommate at BC, and he won't be playing because of that (ankle) injury.

"Still, I can't root against the Patriots because they were always my team — but I have to lean toward my old teammates."

He retired in 2007 after being injured and cut by Green Bay. Although a few teams expressed interested on '07, Lucier did not want to move to another part of the country and start over.

"It's real world time now," he said. "I have no regrets; playing in the NFL was a great experience, but I like what I'm doing now. My Dunkin' Donuts business keep me very busy."

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