All three seemed to be having fun playing the game and interacting with the media and fans.
O'Hara has always been a favorite of mine, and now that I met him and talked with him at length, he will always remain so. We chatted about topical Giants issues such as the draft and what its like to play eleven seasons in the NFL, but that is not what impressed me most about Shaun.
He generally wanted to be there yesterday. He told me its part of the NFL's initiative to promote exercise and physical activity for young people (i.e. Play 360). Just Dance for Wii combines dancing, fun and lots of physical activity without having to leave your home.
O'Hara does quite a bit of charity work. In 2009, Shaun and his wife founded H.I.K.E (Helping Increase Knowledge and Education in life-threatening diseases) which focuses raising awareness and funding for diseases such as cystic fibrosis.
Most recently, Shaun established a scholarship fund at his alma mater, Rutgers University. The fund endows a scholarship at the $100,000 level to be granted to a walk-on football player that "has earned a scholarship during his playing career at Rutgers.
O'Hara is not forgetting his roots. He himself was a walk-on at Rutgers who eventually earned a scholarship. Shaun also went undrafted in 2000 and takes pride in the fact.
He is a self-made guy, a conscientious guy, which makes me want to root for him even more.
Thanks to Anthony Quintano of QuintanoMedia for the photo.