Originally created 01/26/01

Jason Sehorn: more than an arm piece for Angie



TAMPA, Fla. -- As soon as Angie Harmon's name was mentioned, a smile spread across Jason Sehorn's face.

"I'm just an arm piece," the New York Giants cornerback quipped Thursday, answering a question about his TV actress fiancee. "You think you'll marry an arm piece and I thought I would have one day, and I turned into being that arm piece."

Sehorn laughed after finishing his answer. The next question brought him back to the Super Bowl and Sunday's title game with the Baltimore Ravens.

As comfortable as the 29-year-old is appearing in public with the "Law and Order" co-star or doing commercials with Ravens tight end Shannon Sharpe, Sehorn is even more comfortable on the field.

The injuries that put his career in jeopardy during the last two seasons have healed. He has stayed healthy and once again he is emerging as one of the NFL's top cover cornerbacks.

"I'm not an actor," Sehorn said. "I'm an athlete. I have a lot of free time. My place is not in television. My place is not in movies. My place is on a 100-yard football field in front of 78,000 people. That's what I do for a living."

Sehorn is doing that as well as anyone now.

Not only is he breaking up passes, he's also making big play after big play.

In the Giants' season-ending win over Jacksonville, he sealed the win with a spectacular return of an onside kick for a touchdown. Two weeks later came "The Interception" return for a touchdown against Philadelphia in the opening round of the playoffs.

That led to an appearance on "The Late Show" with David Letterman.

Against Minnesota, all Sehorn did was limit Randy Moss to two catches for 18 yards while making an interception.

"He is just getting better every game," Giants defensive coordinator John Fox said. "He is playing as good as anybody in the league at his position."

Sehorn's assignment on Sunday will be nothing like the NFC title game; The Ravens aren't loaded at wideout and they like to run the ball.

Sehorn's buddy, Sharpe, has been the Ravens' big threat, averaging 45 yards and scoring two touchdowns on five catches. The assignment of guarding him will probably fall to safeties Shaun Williams and Sam Garnes.

More than likely, Sehorn will draw the fleet Qadry Ismail, who has had eight catches for 106 yards in three playoff games.

"Just because their numbers aren't as big other players, people tend not to give them as much respect," Sehorn said. "You watch the film when they are thrown the ball, they get it. It's not like they put some slugs out there who can't catch."

With the Super Bowl less than three days away, Sehorn was pleased the interviews were ending.

He's got a streak of Felix Unger in him and now he wants to start putting everything in its place.

He was annoyed that the Giants' interviews were scheduled in the morning, forcing the team to practice in the afternoon for the first time this season.

"After lunch I like to take my nap," Sehorn complained jokingly.

He says the whole idea of playing "doesn't kick in until Saturday."

"Right now you are practicing. I can't be worrying about playing games today, I'm worrying about what I have to do to prepare."

He's thinking about chances to make big plays - intercepting a Trent Dilfer pass or stripping the ball from halfback Jamal Lewis.

"It's a chance to do some of those special things and see those replays over and over again in football lore," Sehorn said.

Sehorn likes the Giants' chances, even though the Ravens haven't been shy about promoting their defense.

"They're a confident bunch of guys," Sehorn said. "They've played well the last couple of weeks, but I wonder who they think they are playing on the other side.

On the other hand, he said: "It definitely takes the pressure off of us because they are supposed to pitch a shutout.

"All we have to do is win."