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Giants return to town

Fans travel from near and far to see Super Bowl champs practice

Wide receiver Victor Cruz makes a one-handed grab during the first day of New York Giants training camp July 27 at the University at Albany.

Wide receiver Victor Cruz makes a one-handed grab during the first day of New York Giants training camp July 27 at the University at Albany. Robert Goo

— "Every training camp, you treat the same way," added quarterback Eli Manning. "It's about getting better from the previous season. You want to get everybody up to speed as quickly as possible so that everyone is on the same page."

For the fans, though, training camp is about seeing their favorite players from a closer vantage point than if they traveled to MetLife Stadium to see them play in a game.

"We missed them (last year)," said Jim Garretson, who traveled from Cherry Valley in Otsego County. "We usually come up here at least once a year."

"To be able to see them up close is phenomenal," added Maxiam.

The last time the Mogaveros saw the Giants, it was when they defeated the New England Patriots 21-17 in Indianapolis to win Super Bowl XLII. They brought a picture of them in the Lucas Oil Stadium stands as the confetti flew behind them following the game, along with a laminated ticket.

"We drove out to Indianapolis without any tickets," said Tony Mogavero. "We went to the ticket exchange and got tickets a few hours before the game."

Manning -- the Super Bowl's most valuable player -- autographed the picture. Mogavero said he hoped Manning would also sign the ticket.

Cousins Sam and AJ Rovner from Long Island stood along a fence waiting for the players to pass by, so they could also get autographs. Sam -- who will be 11 later this year -- was looking for defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul and rookie running back David Wilson, while his slightly older cousin AJ had his sights set on rookie wide receiver Rueben Randle.

"We want to get the autographs, so we want to get the perfect spot," said Sam.

Krista Mein of Schenectady picked a different spot along the fence near the players' exit. She couldn't see the action going on, but she didn't mind.

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