• Photo Showcase: Ex-Huskers visit Boys Town
Notes: More from Helu, Amukamara
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Roy Helu just got started recently on Twitter, and the first profile picture used by the Washington Redskins back is complete with a nasty bruise above his right eye.
When New York Giants cornerback Prince Amukamara asked how he got it, Helu told his old Nebraska teammate and friend that it was from a Redskins-Giants game.
“I told him, ‘We got after you,'” Amukamara said. “And he said, ‘Scoreboard.'”
Helu could play that card because Washington beat New York 28-14 and 23-10 last season, with the latter mid-December triumph temporarily putting the Giants' playoff hopes in jeopardy before their eventual Super Bowl run.
Ah, the ultimate last word for Amukamara, who wasn't shy about using it.
“I said, ‘Check my ring finger,'” Amukamara said.
“We just had a little fun, but they did beat us twice and they're going to have a great team with Robert Griffin III. So that's definitely a game that's on our schedule that we're looking it.”
The former Husker stars began their NFL careers last season as NFC East rivals. Helu also was joined in Washington by rookie receiver Niles Paul and safety DeJon Gomes from NU, as well as veteran defensive lineman Adam Carriker.
On Tuesday, Helu and Amukamara were together at Boys Town to visit with students, then they spoke at the annual Boys Town booster banquet at the La Vista Conference Center.
“I think it's just a great opportunity to just hang out with kids,” Amukamara said. “Especially with me and Roy because we enjoy giving back to a community in a state that has done so much for us.”
Helu and Amukamara both described their first NFL seasons as roller-coaster rides. Helu did some of his best work late and led Washington backs in rushing yards (640) and receptions (49).
The fourth-round draft pick said the success doesn't change his personal expectations heading into his second season.
“I think that was a bar that was already set higher than what I achieved this past year,” he said.
Amukamara was the Giants' first-round pick, held out until Aug. 5 and then suffered a broken left foot right after reporting to preseason camp. He struggled to catch up after returning in November.
Amukamara said he recently had another procedure done on the foot to assist with the healing.
“It wasn't where they wanted it to be,” he said. “So I just been dealing with that right now.”
In New York, his teammates are talking about next season rather than still savoring the taste of winning Super Bowl XLVI. Amukamara said it starts with quarterback and Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning.
“Everyone's excited,” Amukamara said. “Eli's already set the tone. Just telling everybody that, ‘Last year is last year. This year it's a new year. Everyone's going to be gunning for us, and just be prepared.'”
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