In some ways, 2010 was a remarkable season for Phillips, one of the biggest question marks heading into the year. Coming off major knee surgery that many figured would be career-altering, if not career-threatening, Phillips made it all the way through, playing 16 games at safety for the Giants.
"It's a blessing to get through the season healthy, especially when there were people saying I wasn't going to play football again," Phillips said. "I thought it was a big achievement."
Phillips' return to the football field earned the respect of his teammates.
"I know what it took for him and I'm extremely impressed," fellow safety Antrel Rolle said of Phillips' comeback. "It was a lot of hard work, more than any one of us can really put our hands on. That's a very serious surgery to overcome and to play the amount of plays he played and be in the game as much as he was in, it took a lot of effort. It took a lot of heart."
Phillips plans to give his knee some time off before focusing on 2011. Conventional wisdom is that it's the second season after knee surgery when a player regains his form, and Phillips wants that to be the case.
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