Although Pittsburgh star Henry Hynoski was ranked by many as the top college prospect at the fullback position during the 2011 NFL Draft, a pulled hamstring during his 40 yard dash at the Combine in Indianapolis saw him go undrafted that year. However, Hynoski quickly overcame the disappointment of not being selected and signed with the New York Giants that offseason. Almost immediately he began to prove he more than rightfully belonged in the NFL.
By Week 3 of the NFL pre-season, Hynoski moved ahead of Bear Pascoe on the depth chart at fullback, becoming the first of his rookie teammates to emerge as a starter. Come opening day, Hynoski was one of 10 rookies to make the Giants’ 53-man roster, and the only rookie to get on the field for the offense in a starting role.
He would go on that season to pave the way for eight 100-yard rushing performances by the Giants’ running game, including key late-season games against the New York Jets and Dallas Cowboys that helped the Giants secure the NFC East Division title; the Giants’ Wild Card dominance over the Atlanta Falcons; and their impressive showing in Super Bowl XLVI against the New England Patriots.
He followed up his strong performance that helped spark the Giants’ Super Bowl with a another stellar showing in 2012. Hynoski cleared the way for teammate Ahmad Bradshaw to become the Giants’ first 1,000 yard rusher with 1,015 yards on the ground. He was also a major factor in the passing game, catching 11 passes for 50 yards. Two of those receptions went for first downs, and one other, which came in the Giants’ 2012 regular-season finale against the Eagles on December 30, Hynoski’s 24th birthday, resulted in his first NFL career touchdown.
Following his milestone score, the final points in an emotionally charged 42-7 Giants victory, the man bearing the moniker “Hynocerous” went on to further endear himself to thousands of Giants fans with his now wildly popular “Hynocerous” touchdown celebration. His play during the 2012 season earned him a spot on the 2012 USA Football All-Fundamentals Team. The team, chosen by a prestigious panel of five longtime football industry experts, recognizes NFL players for their textbook-style technique in setting an example for youth football players to emulate.
Prior to the 2013 season, Hynoski was named the Giants’ “Secret Superstar” by Pro Football Focus. Unfortunately, injuries forced him to miss a great part of the season, leading the Giants to sign replacement fullback John Connor in his absence.
Connor performed well, but not well enough to keep the job away from a determined Hynoski. He proved the Giants made the right call by keeping him, garnering a Pro Football Focus grade of +6.4 run blocking, which was the second highest of all fullbacks in the league. He finished the 2014 season with an All Pro Honorable Mention by Pro Football Focus and All-East Team Honors.
When looking ahead to his partnership with New York Sports Hub, Hynoski had this to say:
Look forward to working with New York Sports Hub, no better place to get the latest news and stories in the world of New York sports.
Co-Founder Ankit Mehra stated a similar intention to the partnership:
With the New York Giants getting back to a competitive level in the NFC East, the fullback position will be steered ahead by Henry Hynoski, and now, as he prepares to join New York Sports Hub, we can proudly say we have joined forces with Mr. Hynoski and are ready to further his brand alongside ours. In the almost two years we have been providing content to readers, this is one of the biggest moves I can recall and I can only see it as beneficial for both parties. We can’t wait for the partnership to get started, and see the fruits of labor from both parities shine across the NFL and journalistic world.