The Giants are 14-19-1 all time on Sunday nights.
At halftime the Giants will unveil their Ring of Honor, an element the team had not embraced at the old stadium.
“The Ring of Honor and a Hall of Fame are elements that have been discussed for quite some time,” said John Mara, the Giants President and Chief Executive Officer. “For many years fans have asked us why we had neither, and our response always was that we would when either Giants Stadium undergoes a refurbishing or we have a new stadium. So it was important that we have one or the other in our new building, and it has worked out that we now have both a Ring of Honor and a Legacy Club to recognize the great players and coaches and others who have made our organization what it is.”
Of the 30 inductees, Phil Simms, Tiki Barber, Michael Strahan, Frank Gifford, Bill Parcells, Lawrence Taylor and Pete Gogolak are the only names that have been released.
Parcells and Taylor will not be in attendance for the ceremony and Simms is questionable since he will be doing a game in Pittsburgh for CBS at 1pm. Strahan was trying to work something out with his current employer - FOX - to also see if he could attend in person.
Barber will certainly get booed heartily for his recent criticism of the club. Nevertheless, he was still pleased to be included among the inductees.
"It's an honor," said Barber. "I have a lot of pride for what I accomplished when I was with the New York Giants and I was happy to be able to play my entire career with such a storied franchise but I'm also humbled because of all the other great names that are going up there and all of those people who have done so much not only for this team, but the league – in particular Mr. Mara and Mr. Tisch, who you all know that I was close with both of them. That I had a chance to get to know them and play under them is something that I'll never forget. This weekend I'll be coming to the stadium for the first time and taking part in the Giants legacy that I helped build and I'm excited for it."
Simms, Strahan, Gogolak and Gifford are also grateful to be receiving the honor.
Gifford: "I've been so close to the Giants all of my life really, and I still go to all the home games. I sit with Mrs. Mara. As you're all aware, when I went into the Hall of Fame, Wellington Mara was my presenter and I was honored when he went in that he asked me to present him. I have a close relationship with the Maras and the Giants. I went to see a preview of a Broadway show, Lombardi, and it brought back so many memories, one of them being that when I met Vince Lombardi that he and Wellington were good friends when they went to Fordham. I guess that's when Wellington decided to take him out of high school football and put him into professional football. It's been a memorable week for me and I'm looking forward to Sunday."
Strahan: "It's good, it means I retired right before they built this new stadium, which I'm not happy about because it'd be great to play in it. I'm excited about it. I started out in 1993, and I was hoping to make the team. Now to always have something up there that I can always look at or fans or family can always look at and say, ‘Boy, I was one of the storied players in this franchise,' that means the world. It means all the work I put in really paid off and was appreciated. I'm extremely excited about it..."
Gogolak: "It's a terrific honor. I was very flattered and I never expected something like this. The group of other players involved in this group, including me, is very exceptional and I'm very, very honored. I'm especially honored being a kicker with all of the other ball players. That's very exceptional."
Simms: "It never crossed my mind to have a Ring of Honor there. Of course, I see it at other stadiums and it's a tradition that other stadiums started, it never bothered me. It honestly never crossed my mind and when I was told about this a few days ago, of course, I was very excited and honored is not even the word to think that my name is going to be inside that stadium – it's incredible. I tell people all the time when they ask me about my playing days, I talk about them, it was truly like another life and sometimes I think back and I go, wow, I did enough to get my name inside of a stadium, it's really great."
Parcells told reporters the other day he has a previous engagement that he cannot break, otherwise he'd be there...
"I’m certainly very, very honored and very appreciative, and I’m thankful to the Giant organization for considering me for this. It’s certainly something that I will cherish, I know that. And I would say that I was very fortunate to come along and just be in the right place at the right time with strong ownership with the Mara family for the most part and then right at the end there with the Tisches, and then of course a good GM in George Young. And then I was very fortunate to have hired some great assistant coaches. Four or five of them have gone on to be NFL head coaches and a couple other college coaches. And that was certainly a great help to me. And then the players that I had there were – I had some of the very, very best players that a coach could want, and we were able to collect enough of them and keep them together for awhile in those days. So I think it’s just a tribute to all of those people, and I’m just happy to receive this. I really am genuinely happy...."
The Giants' coordinators made media appearances yesterday. All three have been receiving harsh criticism from the fans and media. The defense under first-year coordinator Perry Fewell has had it's moments but the fans are still concerned with overall plan....listen below
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There is also much concern about the offense: the running game has not been up to snuff and there have been far too many turnovers. OC Kevin Gilbride talked about those issues yesterday...
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Not much seems to be going right on special teams. ST coach Tom Quinn spoke about the challengs presented by the Bears and Devin Hester.....
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audio, quotes courtesy Giants Communications Dept...