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NFL Rumors: How Joe Judge landed Giants coaching job despite travel mishap

NFL Rumors: How Joe Judge landed Giants coaching job despite travel mishap

Joe Judge got quite the job promotion last week -- despite nearly missing the interview.

That's according to NBC Sports' Peter King, who shared some noteworthy details Monday morning about the New York Giants' decision to hire the New England Patriots' special teams coordinator/wide receivers coach.

Per King, the Giants were set to pick up Judge at Penn Station in Newark, N.J., for his interview last Monday. But Judge mistakenly got off the train at Penn Station in New York, about 15 miles from the Giants staffer waiting to pick him up.

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“I didn’t know there were two Penn Stations," Judge told King, via King's "Football Morning in America" column.

Fortunately, Judge hailed an Uber and made it to the Giants' headquarters just in time for his interview -- which apparently went very, very well.

According to King, Judge "never looked at a note" during his three-hour interview with Giants president/CEO John Mara, GM Dave Gettleman and assistant GM Kevin Abrams.

"I went into the interview with the approach that everything I was going to say was coming from the heart," Judge told King. "I wasn’t trying to sell them anything."

That approach worked: When Judge left for a lunch break, Mara apparently told the room, "Wow. This has to be our guy."

Here's more from King on Mara's end-of-interview exchange with Judge:

“I told Joe how personal this was for me,” Mara told me. “I told him, ‘This has been our family business since 1925. We HAVE to get this turned around. We CAN’T be wrong on this hire.”

Mara said Judge stridently assured him that, if chosen, he could do the job. As Mara said, “Joe’s very sure of himself, but not in an arrogant way. So we liked him a lot."

Two days later, the Giants offered Judge the head coach job, assuring he wouldn't take the head coach role at his alma mater, Mississippi State.

Judge already had the benefit of working on the staffs of Nick Saban at Alabama and Bill Belichick in New England. But the 38-year-old seemingly made a strong impression on his own last week, earning an NFL head coach job after seven years as a Patriots assistant.

Twitter had jokes after Tom Brady ripped his pants during 'The Match'

Twitter had jokes after Tom Brady ripped his pants during 'The Match'

Tom Brady's Sunday afternoon of golfing with Peyton Manning, Tiger Woods, and Phil Mickelson was eventful, to say the least.

The ex-New England Patriots quarterback began "The Match" by struggling through the first six holes. Then, he finally got back on track with an amazing shot that briefly quieted the naysayers.

Unfortunately for Brady, the shot may have been overshadowed by him simultaneously splitting his pants. Just look at the photo below:


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Whoops!

As you can imagine, Twitter had some fun with Brady's mishap:

It's OK, Tom. It happens to the best of us.

Watch Tom Brady hit incredible shot, chirp Charles Barkley during 'The Match'

Watch Tom Brady hit incredible shot, chirp Charles Barkley during 'The Match'

Tom Brady has a thing for comebacks.

The former New England Patriots quarterback was struggling mightily through the first few holes of "The Match" on Sunday. Then, he totally redeemed himself.

Just watch this shot below and enjoy:

"Shut your mouth, Chuck," Brady said to Charles Barkley, who had been chirping him throughout the match.

We should have known a comeback was around the corner. Didn't 28-3 teach us anything?

Just as Twitter had a field day with Brady's early struggles, it enjoyed watching Brady sink that improbable shot:

Bravo, Tom. Bravo.