Giants offensive lineman talks to Tribune about penalties, being on the O-line and being married to coach Tom Coughlin’s daughter, Katie.
Tribune: What’s it like being married to the boss’ daughter?
Chris Snee: We’ve been working together for four years now. It’s been a good relationship (with coach Coughlin) since Day 1. Football is football, and then off the field is off the field. We leave it at that.
Q: How did you meet your wife, Katie?
A: We went to Boston College together.
Q: Do you get kidded at all by the guys?
A: No. No more questions about that. I don’t want to talk about it. I’m four years into it.
Q: Is that a touchy subject?
A: I’ve been talking about it now for four years, so it’s old news.
Q: You were penalized for holding on an apparent 48-yard touchdown run by Ahmad Bradshaw with 2:05 remaining in the Green Bay game …
A: I thought about that. It would have been a long, long offseason for me if we did not win that game. I’m just thankful Lawrence (Tynes) came up and made that big kick in overtime. That would have been a lot to deal with.
Q: Would it have been a tough Christmas dinner?
A: Yeah. Tough.
Q: But you are able to keep football and family separate?
A: Yes we have.
Q: When you got drafted, it was, from all the teams it could have been, the one your father-in-law coaches. What was that like?
A: At the time, I was excited that I was drafted into the NFL. To be honest, it didn’t even cross my mind until the next morning. The first night, you are just shocked that your dream came true.
Q: You are from a small town in Pennsylvania, Montrose. How was it like growing up in that environment?
A: We had about 1,500 people. One stop light. Lots of dirt roads. I’ll tell you what, the whole town will be watching. There is not much going on. It is a farm community. They take a lot of pride. My house is surrounded by farms.
Q: What’s your take on Media Day?
A: There’s a lot going on. A lot of people. Certainly more than we are used to. I was just told to take it all in and go with it and enjoy it.
Q: Do you feel like you’re getting lost in the shuffle?
A: Offensive linemen, that’s the way we like it. I’ll probably get spoken to today more than I will the rest of my career. I’m in New York, so I’m used to the media. But not this much.
Q: Coach Coughlin referred to you (offensive linemen) as a sewing circle. Do you see that?
A: We enjoy each other’s company. We have a lot of fun. When it comes time to work, though, we go out and work.
Q: You have started all 59 games with the Giants in which you have been healthy the last four seasons, but you have had to work for it.
A: I was not the starter going into this training camp, but I was the starter coming out of it. You always have to worry about someone else coming in and taking your job. It keeps your competitive fire burning, though. For the two weeks I wasn’t the starter, it was different. I didn’t really care for it.
Q: Did you get a chance to get into the casino at all? (The Giants are staying at Wild Horse Pass Resort and Casino).
A: No, I did not. I wouldn’t go there anyway.
Q: Have you had your 'Welcome to the Super Bowl’ moment yet?
A: I think walking into this place (University of Phoenix Stadium) is it.