New York Giants History
Frank Gifford was a great Giant and loved by just about everyone who followed sports and lifestyle. When you think about which athletes had the most prosperous careers after retirement, Gifford might be the first person that comes to mind (sorry, Arnold Palmer).
Former Giants head coach Bill Arnsparger has passed away at the age of 88 (Giants.com). He coached Big Blue during their "nomad" period (1974-76), a painful era that saw the Giants lose 75% of their games and play in three different stadiums over three seasons.
Since 1986, the Giants have qualified for five Super Bowls, winning four, and have provided their fan base with countless memories and a sense of fulfillment.
The past week, we've been recollecting some of those moments and, of course, we've been forlorn over the team's latest postseason dry spell. Below are some Giant-related Super Bowl facts as this year's game approaches...
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1. Which Giant QB rushed for the most yards in a single SB game?
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We all know that QB Phil Simms had a day to remember in Super Bowl XXI:
- Highest passer rating, game, 150.92 - Phil Simms - New York Giants vs. Denver, XXI
- Highest completion percentage, game, (20 attempts), 88% - Phil Simms - N.Y. Giants vs. Denver, XXI (25-22)
Two weeks later, the Giants rocked the Denver Broncos, 39-20, in Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena to win the team's first of four Super Bowl championships.
I was in attendance for both of those games. Grown men, who had not seen the Giants win anything for 30 years, broke down and cried. Others drank and cheered. Me, personally? ?I was stunned. Both settings were surreal. It's as if it wasn't happening. But it did. And how.
Longest playoff droughts in New York Giants history:
- 1964-1980 - 17 seasons
- 1951-1955 - 5 seasons
- 1928-1932 - 5 seasons
- 1947-1949 - 3 seasons
- 1994-1996 - 3 seasons
- 2012-2014 - 3 seasons
The pregame celebration will include Giants players and coaches taking the field prior to the game by running through a fan gauntlet formed by 90 season ticketholders.
The National Anthem will be performed by the West Point Band. The Giants and the NFL?s 31 other teams will recognize the 200th anniversary of Francis Scott Key?s writing of the ?Star-Spangled Banner.? The Presentation of Colors will be by the Joint Honor Guard. A full-field American flag will be unfurled by season ticketholders and members of the FDNY, NYPD, and Port Authority Police departments. There will be a moment of silence in a tribute to 9/11 victims.
We learned Monday that the Giants' top pick in this year's NFL Draft, WR Odell Beckham Jr., will not be ready to play for several more weeks. He keeps aggravating his ailing hamstring, delaying his NFL debut.
Waiting for first-round picks to make an impact on the field is nothing new to the Giants. Since Jerry Reese became the GM in 2007, he's drafted a slew of talented players in Round One of the NFL Draft, but few have been able to get on, and stay on, the field.
Let's have some fun. Here's five questions for you to tackle today...
1. LB Lawrence?Taylor was named All-Pro a franchise-high eight times. Since the AFL-NFL merger of 1970, only one Giant player has gotten as many four All-Pro nods. Who is he?
Some quick hits from the first 89 years...
The team was founded in 1925 by Tim Mara and run by him until his death in 1959.?His sons, Wellington and Jack co-ran the club until Jack's death in 1965. Jack's son, Tim, took over his father's share and held it until 1991, when, after his death, his descendants sold their half to Robert Tisch. Wellington Mara passed away in 2005. His son, John, is now the team's CEO. Tisch also died in 2005. His son, Steve, is the Giants' Chairman.
Winning the Super Bowl is greatest accomplishment an NFL player can experience, and it can never be taken away. That being said, it is very difficult to repeat, or even get back to the game the following year (the last team to do it was the Patriots in 2004). To illustrate how difficult it is, just look at the Giants, who have experienced disappointment in each season following a trip to the Super Bowl.
Here's how the Giants fared the seasons after their four championships:
Two years go today, the Giants defeated the San Francisco 49ers, 20-17, at Candlestick Park to advance to Super Bowl XLVI.
In a brutal, physical battle, the Giants held their own, took advantage of some turnovers and won in overtime on a 31-yard FG from Lawrence Tynes. (See recap)
From Tod Leonard of the San Diego Union-Tribune:
As they have done since Coughlin became the head coach in 2004, the Giants will arrive on Saturday, the day before their 1:25 p.m. meeting against the Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium. They?ll get off the plane, get to the hotel, have some meetings and be in bed early. It's their first West Coast trip this season and only the third in four years.
?We have always done it that way, and we believe in it,? Coughlin said Wednesday on a conference call with San Diego reporters. ?We all have a way in which we go about our business when we come on the road. It?s worked in the past, and we?ll continue to follow that.?Big Blue has been traveling out to the west coast since 1947, but going westward hasn't been very fruitful during the regular season for the Giants:
Against teams in the Pacific time zone during the regular season, the Giants are 17- 27.
The Giants (7-8) travelled down to the DC to face the Redskins (5-10) with their playoff hopes barely alive and calls for Tom Coughlin's head reverberating through Giants Stadium and in media. New York had lost six of their last seven after starting the season at 6-2. The Giants won, 34-28 and advanced to the NFC WildCard Playoffs.
From the AP: "We won a game, and we got into the playoffs," said Coughlin, who grew a little testy when reporters asked whether he was coaching for his job. "Is that good enough?"
?If you pin me down, I would probably say the ?90 Championship Game in San Francisco. We were heavy underdogs there that day, and San Francisco was going for their three-peat, We had lost our quarterback, Phil Simms, and we had Jeff Hostetler playing, who did a great job for us....I think probably that if you pin me down, that was ? there were so many great players playing in that game, really, that that?s what makes it memorable to me."Today, we salute of those plays as our Great Moment in Giants History series continues:
Down 13-9 in the 4th quarter of the 1990 NFC Championship Game, the Giants were faced with 4th and 2 on their own 46 yard line. Rather than punt, Parcells called for a direct snap to up man Gary Reasons. Here's how it went down....
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It happened on January 7, 2001 late in the second quarter of the 20-10 NFC Divisional Playoff victory over the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium.
From Ashley McGeachy of the Philadelphia Inquirer, January 08, 2001:
The New York Football Giants played their final game at Yankee Stadium on Sunday, September 23, 1973 vs the Philadelphia Eagles.?It was a sunny afternoon with a temperature of 72 degrees at kickoff. It would be their final day in the sun, so to speak, in the storied building they had called home since 1956.
The contest ended in a 23-23 tie, fitting for a Giants-Eagles game and even more fitting for a Giant team that was about to embark on three-year, three-state odyssey in which they would win only nine games.
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Answer: Oct. 8, 1989...Jeff Hostetler rolled out and threw a 22-yard TD pass to Carl Banks at Philadelphia. The play gave the Giants a 10-0 lead in the second quarter. The Eagles rallied in the 4th quarter to beat the Giants that day, 21-19.
Today's question: The last time the Giants allowed an opposing player to rack up 200 yards receiving against them was....
Answer: 237 in 1979. It was the first season George Young took over at GM. Young hired Ray Perkins to be his head coach and the team's first round selection in the draft that year was QB Phil Simms. The team would qualify for the playoffs two seasons later under Perkins, who left in 1983 to coach at his alma mater, Alabama. The Giants would go on to become one of the league's best over the next decade under Bill Parcells, making the playoffs five times and capturing two Super Bowls.
Today's question: When was the last time the Giants scored a TD on a fake FG in a regular-season game?
1. The team the Giants have beaten the most times is...the Redskins. The Giants are 92-64-4 against the Redskins, who were originally the Boston Braves in 1932 before becoming the Redskins in 1933. They moved to Washington in 1937.
2. HOFer Emlen Tunnell holds the Giants' all-time mark for punt returns with 257. Who is second?? Phil McConkey with 213. Tunnell (8.6 yds per attempt) had five returns for TDs. McConkey (8.0 YPA) had none. David Meggett was the team's most prolific returner: He averaged 11 YPA on 202 returns and scored six TDs.
Below are some reactions to the passing of Jennings, who punted for the Giants and Jets during his 14-year playing career. After retiring in 1987, Jennings worked as a radio analyst on both Jets and Giants broadcasts for the next 20 seasons.
Back in the dark days of the 1970s, Giant fans had little to cheer for. When your punter is arguably your best player, that's a telling sign you're a team in trouble.
But that was the truth. Dave Jennings, who passed away today after a long illness, was the Giants' savior and safety blanket during a period where hope was absent and wins were hard to find. He was one of the game's greatest punters (his stats don't tell the tale, so stop right there), providing relief to a team that needed all the help it could get.
For the Giants, the four faces chosen were Bill Parcells, Eli Manning, Sam Huff and Lawrence Taylor.
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My four for the Giants: Frank Gifford, Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms, Michael Strahan.
Just like the real Mt. Rushmore, there's obviously more than four faces that deserve to be up there. The Giants have 89 years of history to mull through, so there's hundreds of names to peruse.
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The news comes just days after Dayne was voted the worst draft pick in franchise history by an NFL com poll.
Dayne is certainly deserving of the college honor, so we need not dwell on how disappointing his pro career - especially in New York - was.
The story of John Tuggle is a story many of you may already know. Whether you do or you don't, it's one worth revisiting.
RB John Tuggle of Cal was the Giants' 12th round pick in the 1983 NFL Draft. Being the last player taken in the draft, he was given the moniker, "Mr. Irrelevant". He was anything but.
Even though Pat Summerall played only four of ten NFL seasons here in New York (1958-61), he will always be remembered as a Giant. He passed away yesterday at age 82 of cardiac arrest in his home town of Dallas.
Summerall will always be remembered for his key contributions to the great Giants teams of the late 50,s and early 60's.
GM Pulled Floundering Franchise Out of NFL PurgatoryThe New York Giants are one of the NFL's flagship franchises.? They have a rich and colorful history stacked with legendary moments created by legendary players. In the 1950's they helped put the fledgling NFL on a par with baseball, producing some of the game's most celebrated personalities.
Then, in 1964, things changed.? Age and poor planning sank the Giants to the bottom of the standings.? Between 1964-1978 the once-proud franchise won only 74 games. To top things off, the co-owners - Wellington Mara and his nephew Tim - were engrossed in a bitter feud that furthered the team's demise.
In stepped in NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle.? His suggestion to hire Baltimore Colts executive George Young was agreed upon by both parties. It was the best decision, perhaps, in New York sports history.
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The Giants hold the 19th selection in the NFL Draft this year. It will be the fifth time since 1979 (the official start?of the post-fumble era) that Big Blue has picked in this slot.
The last time the Giants picked 19th was just two years ago. They were wedged in a position where someone could fall, but who that player would be was a mystery.
Welcome back for our second chapter in Giants Draft History. We pick up in 1976, the inaugural year of Giants Stadium. The team finally had a home after three seasons of bouncing around. The new surroundings were strange ones. A 'state-of-the-art' concrete, utilitarian facility in the middle of the weeds off Route 3 in East Rutherford, NJ.
Initially, Giant fans didn't know what to make of it. Only 10.4 miles from Manhattan, it seemed like North Dakota for many of the faithful used to attending games within the confines of NYC. There was no other way to get to the new stadium except to drive or take a bus from Port Authority. When you got to the stadium, there was nothing to be found in terms of bars or restaurants and very little variety once you got inside. You were there to see the game. period.
The Giants' media guys describe the 1970's as such: The Giants in the 1970s could best be described as a team in transition. The team called four different stadiums home, played in three different states, and did not play in one postseason game. Teams like the Green Bay Packers, Chicago Bears, and Giants, so strong in the NFL?s forma- tive years, gave way to new powers like Dallas, Pittsburgh and Minnesota.
Perfect. Not too specific, kindly saving us the pain of having to re-live that period. The beginning of the decade was spotted with a few winning seasons, but as the decade went on, the Giants became a hopeless mess that prompted NFL Commissioner Pete Rozelle to intervene in 1979.
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Some notables the Giants have picked up as FAs: LB Antonio Pierce, QB Kerry Collins, C Shaun O'Hara, G Ron Stone, S Antrel Rolle, OT Kareem McKenzie, WR Plaxico Burress and punters Jeff Feagles and Steve Weatherford. All helped the Blue get to, or win, a Super Bowl.
Who are/were your favorites? We'd like to know.....
One decade after being a rookie a kicker right in the middle of perhaps the most excruciating defeat in New York Giants history, kicker Matt Bryant was handed a fortunate reprieve on Sunday afternoon and became an instant hero.
Bryant responded by saving the Atlanta Falcons from being ridiculed as the worst chokers in recent NFL playoff history.?
The Tom Coughlin era began in 2004 with a 6-10 finish. They were 5-4 with Kurt Warner at QB when Coughlin decided to make a switch to the rookie, Eli Manning. The Giants lost six in row before winning the finale against the Cowboys. It is the last sub .500 season the Giants have put their fans through.
The next season, the Giants were 10-4 after fourteen games and went on to win the NFC East with an 11-5 record. They lost 23-0 to the Panthers in the divisional round, the only time the team had been shut out under Coughlin until last week.
Every major sports network is chock full of ex-sports figures posing as experts on their studio shows. Strahan's is a success story. Tiki Barber's is not. The road has been spotty, but it's much smoother than it was years ago in the infancy of sports broadcasting.
The NFL even prepares players for careers in the media by providing a program called NFL Broadcast Bootcamp.?The program includes: "sessions on tape study, editing, show preparation, radio production, control room operation, studio preparation, production meetings, field reporting and game preparation."
Last year, the Giants traveled to San Francisco in November. This year, they are going out there in October, which is Eli's best month. For his career,?Manning is 24-5 (.828) as a starter in October, the best mark among quarterbacks who began their career in the Super Bowl era.
Eli is currently second in the NFL with 1,579 yards. The Saints' Drew Brees lead the league with 1,720. Eli will be starting his 136th consecutive game (including playoffs) at QB, the longest current streak in the league and third-longest by a QB in NFL history. San Diego's Philip Rivers is next with 107.
After losing the opener to the Cowboys, the Giants have reeled off two straight wins over the Bucs and Panthers. The Eagles, on the other hand, skid by the Browns Week 1, beat the Ravens and fell to the undefeated Cardinals last week.
Records aside, the panic level in Philly is warranted.
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From Eli Saslow's article in ESPN The Magazine:?
Their United Airlines charter flight to New Jersey lasted a little more than three hours. Midway through it, Fassel told his coaching staff to plan on going straight to work at Giants Stadium after the plane landed. He wanted to break down film and talk about what had gone wrong.
Although he has not played since 2010, O'Hara had never formally handed in his papers. He decided to put them in today.
From Ralph Vacchiano of the Daily News:
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The Giants come into camp high on confidence and low on respect. They feel they have what it takes to repeat as Super Bowl champions, but the odds are stacked against them. No team has repeated since the 2003 New England Patriots. In fact, no champion has even returned to the Super Bowl the next season.
Since '07, The Giants have won twice, but their victories were four years apart. The Steelers, Colts and Patriots have all made multiple trips in the big game since '05 but none of them in consecutive seasons.
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Only six days until training camp and then we'll have some real news to report for you. Until then, we'll keep plugging with what we have....yesterday's trivia question:
Which assistant has coached the most seasons for the Giants?
Yesterday's question?.the Conerly Trophy (named for Giants? legendary QB Charlie Conerly) was established in 1996 and is awarded annually to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi. Ole Miss QB Eli Manning won it twice (in 2001 and 2003)?..what other current Giant player has won the award?
The answer: Southern Miss LB Michael Boley, who took home the award in 2004. From our friends at Wikipedia:
The answer: Domenik Hixon, who was born in Neunkirchen am Potzberg on October 8, 1984. He grew up near Columbus, Ohio and attended the University of Akron. Hixon was drafted by the Denver Broncos in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft but did not play in an NFL game until the 2007. He was released by the Broncos midway through the season and picked up by the Giants. The rest you know...
Today's question....the Conerly Trophy (named for Giants' legendary QB Charlie Conerly) was established in 1996 and is awarded annually to the best college football player in the state of Mississippi. Ole Miss QB Eli Manning won it twice (in 2001 and 2004).....what other current Giant player has won the award?