Snee hosts Meteors football team
BY JOBY FAWCETT
Chris Snee got his wish: a chance to test his surgically repaired hip against game action.
And he had plenty of support at his return.
The All-Pro guard who is recovering from offseason hip surgery saw action- if only for a few plays – when the New York Giants hosted the Indianapolis Colts at MetLife Stadium Sunday. The 7 p.m. game was broadcast on Fox.
“It’s what I was hoping,” said Snee, the 10-year veteran who did not play in the Giants’ first preseason game last week, a win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
In addition to getting back on the field in game action, Snee was excited to be in uniform while many of his most loyal fans were in attendance.
Members of the Montrose Meteors and their coaching staff made the trip to see the game. Snee is a 2000 graduate of Montrose and was the school’s first football player to earn a Division I scholarship when he went to Boston College. He was also the first to play in the NFL after being drafted in 2004.
“The kids were really unbelievably excited,” said Montrose head coach Russell Canevari, whose team is coming off its first scrimmage against Wyalusing. “They got to see their role model on his stage. A lot of our guys have never been to an NFL game and probably will never again. We told them Thursday and there was much more energy in the practices.”
“It’s a nice reward for them to get to watch their idol.”
Montrose players had their first opportunity to visit the Giants interrupted by weather.
When they arrived at a Giants practice earlier in camp, rain forced it indoors and the Meteors didn’t see any of the players.
So, Snee met with the Giants public relations staff and set up this trip.
“Working with the Giants we came up with this idea, because I felt bad about what happened,” Snee said. “I love any time I can see people from Montrose in the stands. Having the kids here, who I try to serve as someone to look up to, and someone who tries to play the game the right way, is important to me. I always try to think how much it would mean to me if I were their age and had a chance to see an NFL game.”
“I was hoping for a good night and I’m excited, too.”
He’s excited because he was back in the lineup.
After having hip surgery in February to repair a torn labrum and clean some bone chips, the 6-foot-3, 305-pound 31-year-old stayed true to the recovery protocol and started training camp on the physically unable to perform list.
In the days leading up to the first preseason game, Snee was activated and returned to light workouts, but knew that he would not play against the Steelers.
His goal, however, remained to see live game action at game speed as he works toward getting back to 100 percent for the season opener in Dallas Sept. 8.
His practice participation has intensified, and aside from expected soreness, he is eager to participate against the Colts – who were an AFC playoff team last season and are coming off a loss to the Buffalo Bills – as limited as his time may be.
“It’s been good so far,” Snee said. “It had been since last December when I really practiced. Usually I have April, May and June to work out and knock off the rust. I didn’t have that. I am moving around real well and the soreness hasn’t been too bad.
“I’ve had some hitting and had some pulls to get out and have that contact in the open field, so I am getting more comfortable.”
Because of traffic, the Meteors arrived later than they would have liked and missed the Giants warming up.
Though the team was unable to meet Snee in person, they did get to see him play for two series in the preseason game that the Giants lost, 20-12.