Report: Larry Izzo to join Giants as special teams assistant

Larry Izzo, one of the NFL’s top special teams players over the last decade-plus, is going to try the coaching side of things.

Izzo will be hired by the New York Giants as an assistant special teams coach after the lockout ends, according to Mike Garafolo of the Newark Star-Ledger.

Izzo played in the league for 14 seasons with the Miami Dolphins, New England Patriots and New York Jets. He will replace Thomas McGaughey, who departed for the college ranks at LSU. Nothing has been announced officially.

His career ended during the 2009 season when he suffered a neck injury as a member of the Jets. He was a three-time Pro Bowl performer.

The Giants ranked 30th last season in composite special teams rankings done by Dallas Morning News football writer Rick Gosselin. So whatever help Izzo can bring is needed.

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