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    Posted on Wed, Jan. 30, 2008 10:15 PM

    Trade to Giants has worked out well for former Chief Tynes

    
Lawrence Tynes has kicked four field goals in these playoffs, including the game-winning field goal in OT in the NFC championship game.
    Lawrence Tynes has kicked four field goals in these playoffs, including the game-winning field goal in OT in the NFC championship game.

    GLENDALE, Ariz. | New York Giants kicker Lawrence Tynes has gone big time.

    Tynes, the former Chiefs kicker, yukked it up with David Letterman last week after converting the game-winning field goal (after two misses) that beat Green Bay in the NFC championship game.

    He accepted an award from “Entertainment Tonight” at Tuesday’s Super Bowl media day from one of the “Deal or No Deal” models.

    He’s scheduled to walk the runway at a New York City fashion show called Dressed to Kill, where Tynes will wear a kilt.

    His inspiring story about emigrating from Scotland, playing in NFL Europe and the Canadian Football League and trying to support his brother, Mark, who is serving 27 years in an Arkansas prison for marijuana trafficking, has been chronicled in the New York press.

    Just imagine how Tynes would be the Big Apple’s center of attention if he were to kick the game-winning field goal against New England this Sunday.

    “That’s something we all dream about,” Tynes said. “Everyone wants that Adam Vinatieri highlight. And all the confetti falling on top of you … ”

    It wasn’t too long ago when the world seemed to be falling on top of Tynes. After his 23-yard field-goal attempt in the Chiefs’ first-round playoff game at Indianapolis last year struck an upright, Tynes’ fate in Kansas City was sealed, and the team decided to go in another direction.

    “That did seal it, but if that’s the reason we lost the game, then that’s fine with me,” Tynes said of the 23-8 defeat. “I can live with that. People struggle, people miss kicks. I’m not going to make all of them.”

    Shortly after the Chiefs took Justin Medlock of UCLA in the fifth round of the draft, they promptly dealt Tynes to the Giants for a seventh-round pick in the 2008 draft.

    Medlock was a colossal bust, and Tynes, after a slow start with the Giants, finished the season having made 23 of 27 field-goal attempts, including four of six in the playoffs.

    “When he got drafted, I just chuckled about it,” Tynes recalled.

    “When I went into the organization two days after the draft, nobody knew the kid. One guy knew him, and without saying names, we all knew who drafted him,” Tynes said, referring to Chiefs president/general manager Carl Peterson, a UCLA alum.

    “For your own special teams coach (Mike Priefer) to say he’s never seen this kid kick in person, is pretty insulting. But, of course, he had nothing to do with it. That was fine, that was a decision made by the general manager, and things work out for a reason.”

    If it sounds as if Tynes is bitter, he is not.

    “They gave me a great opportunity,” Tynes said. “They cut a Hall of Famer (Morten Andersen) to give me a chance to play in this league, and I’ll never ever forget that.”

    In fact, Tynes and his wife, Amanda, continue to make their offseason home in the Kansas City area in Overland Park, where their twin boys were born last summer.

    “I’ll be there a week after the Super Bowl,” Tynes said. “I’ll live there the rest of my life. I just like the area. It’s nice. It’s cheap.”