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The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in East Rutherfordmarker, New Jerseymarker. The team plays its home games at Giants Stadiummarker, which also serves as its headquarters, and trains at an adjacent practice facility within the Meadowlands Sports Complexmarker. In a unique arrangement, the team shares the stadium with the New York Jets and also the New York Red Bulls, who also play their home games there but maintain their training complex and headquarters at an off-site location.

The Giants are currently members of the Eastern Division of the National Football Conference (NFC) in the National Football League (NFL). They were one of five teams that joined the NFL in 1925, but the only one admitted that year which still exists.

The Giants rank third among all NFL franchises with seven NFL titles: four in the pre–Super Bowl era (1927, 1934, 1938, 1956) and three since the advent of the Super Bowl (Super Bowls XXI (1986), XXV (1990), and XLII (2007). Their championship tally is surpassed only by the Green Bay Packers (12) and Chicago Bears (9). During their history, the Giants have featured 15 Hall of Famemarker players, including NFL Most Valuable Player (MVP) award winners Mel Hein, Frank Gifford, Charlie Conerly, Y. A. Tittle, and Lawrence Taylor.

To distinguish it from the professional baseball team of the same name, the football team was incorporated as the New York Football Giants. Although the baseball team moved to San Franciscomarker after the 1957 season, the football team continues to use "New York Football Giants, Inc." as its legal corporate name, and is often referred to by fans and sportscasters as the "New York Football Giants". The team has also gained several nicknames, including "Big Blue," the "G-Men," the "Big Blue Wrecking Crew," "The Road Warriors," and the "Jints," a name seen frequently in the New York Post, originating from the baseball team when they were based in New York.

Team history

1925–32

The Giants played their first game against All New Britain in New Britain, Connecticutmarker, on October 4, 1925. They defeated New Britain 26–0 in front of a crowd of 10,000. The Giants were successful in their first season, finishing with an 8–4 record in 1925.

In just its third season, the team finished with the best record in the league at 11–1–1 and was awarded the NFL title. After a disappointing fourth season (1928) owner Mara bought the entire squad of the Detroit Wolverines, principally to acquire star quarterback Benny Friedman, and merged the two teams under the Giants name.

In 1930, there were still many who questioned the quality of the professional game, claiming the college "amateurs" played with more intensity. In December 1930, the Giants played a team of Notre Dame All Stars at the Polo Groundsmarker to raise money for the unemployed of New York City. It was also an opportunity to establish the superiority of the pro game. Knute Rockne reassembled his Four Horsemen along with the stars of his 1924 Championship squad and told them to score early, then defend. Rockne, like much of the public, thought little of pro football and expected an easy win. But from the beginning it was a one-way contest, with Friedman running for two Giant touchdowns and Hap Moran passing for another. Notre Dame failed to score. When it was all over, Coach Rockne told his team, "That was the greatest football machine I ever saw. I am glad none of you got hurt." The game raised $100,000 for the homeless, and is often credited with establishing the legitimacy of the professional game.

1933–46

In a fourteen-year span from 1933 to 1946, the Giants qualified to play in the NFL championship game 8 times, winning twice. During the period the Giants were led by Hall of Famemarker coach Steve Owen, and Hall of Fame players Mel Hein, Red Badgro, and Tuffy Leemans. This period also included the famous "Sneakers Game", where they defeated the Chicago Bears on an icy field in the 1934 NFL Championship game, while wearing sneakers for better traction. The Giants were particularly successful from the latter half of the 1930s until the United States entry into World War II. They added their third NFL championship in 1938 with a 23–17 win over the Green Bay Packers.

1947–63

They did not win another league title until 1956, aided by a number of future Pro Football Hall of Famemarker players such as running back Frank Gifford, linebacker Sam Huff, and offensive tackle Roosevelt Brown, as well as all-pro running back Alex Webster. The Giants' 1956 championship team not only included players who would eventually find their way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but it also had a Hall of Fame coaching staff. Head coach Jim Lee Howell's staff had Vince Lombardi coaching the offense and Tom Landry coaching the defense. From 1958 to 1963, the Giants played in the NFL Championship Game five times, but failed to win. Most significantly, the Giants played the Colts in the 1958 NFL Championship Game that is considered a watershed event in the history of the NFL. The game, which the Giants lost in overtime 23–17, is often considered one of the most important events in furthering the NFL's popularity in America. The following year, they gave up a 16–9 4th quarter lead to again lose to the Colts in the championship game, 31–16. In 1963 led by league MVP quarterback Y.A. Tittle, who threw an NFL record 36 touchdown passes, the Giants advanced to the NFL Championship Game, where they lost to the Bears 14–10.

1964–78

From 1964 to 1978, the Giants registered only two winning seasons and were unable to advance to the playoffs. With players such as Tittle and Gifford approaching their mid 30s, the team declined rapidly, finishing 2–10–2 in 1964. They rebounded with a 7–7 record in 1965, before compiling a league-worst 1–12–1 record, and allowing more than 500 points on defense in 1966. During the 1969 preseason, the Giants lost their first meeting with the Jets, 37–14, in front of 70,874 fans at the Yale Bowlmarker in New Haven, Connecticutmarker. Following the game, Wellington Mara fired coach Allie Sherman, and replaced him with former Giants fullback Alex Webster.

In 1967, the team acquired quarterback Fran Tarkenton from the Minnesota Vikings. Despite having several respectable seasons with Tarkenton at quarterback, including a 7–7 finish in 1967 and 9–5 in 1970, the Giants traded him back to the Vikings after the 1971 season when the Giants went 4–10. Tarkenton would go on to lead his team to three Super Bowls and create a Hall of Fame resume, while the Giants suffered through one of the worst stretches in their history. Starting in 1973 the Giants compiled only 23 wins in 6 seasons. Before the 1976 season, the Giants tried to replace retired RB Ron Johnson with future HOF fullback Larry Csonka to revive a weak offense. Csonka was unfortunately often injured and ineffective during his 3 years in New York. The 1977 season also featured the unusual choice of having three rookie quarterbacks on their roster.

During this period, due to the renovation of Yankee Stadiummarker, which the team shared with baseball's New York Yankees, the Giants were forced to play their home games at the Yale Bowl from 1973 through 1974, and Shea Stadium in Queens, NY in 1975. They finally received their own dedicated state-of-the-art stadium in 1976, when they moved into Giants Stadiummarker at the Meadowlandsmarker in East Rutherford, New Jerseymarker. One of the low points during this period was the so-called "Miracle at the Meadowlands," which occurred in 1978. With the Giants needing only to kneel the ball to secure a certain victory against the Philadelphia Eagles, they chose to call a running play—which resulted in a fumble that was returned for a game-winning touchdown by the Eagles' Herman Edwards.

1979–93

In 1979, the Giants began the steps that would, in time, return them to the pinnacle of the NFL. These included the drafting of quarterback Phil Simms in 1979, and linebacker Lawrence Taylor in 1981. In 1981, Taylor won the NFL's Defensive Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year awards and the Giants made the playoffs for the first time since 1963. One of the few bright spots during this time was the team's excellent linebackers, who were known as the Crunch Bunch. After the strike-shortened the 1982 season, in which they finished 4–5, head coach Ray Perkins resigned to take over the same position at the University of Alabama. In a change that would prove crucial in the coming years, he was replaced by the team's defensive coordinator, Bill Parcells.

Parcells era

The Giants struggled in Parcells's initial year and finished with 3–12–1 record. After 9–7 and 10–6 finishes in 1984 and 1985 respectively, the Giants compiled a 14–2 record in 1986 led by league MVP and Defensive Player of the Year Lawrence Taylor. After defeating the 49ers and Redskins by a combined score of 66–3 in the playoffs, the Giants advanced for the first time to play the Denver Broncos at the Rose Bowlmarker in Pasadena in Super Bowl XXI. Led by Super Bowl MVP Simms who completed 22 of 25 passes for a Super Bowl record 88% completion percentage, they defeated the Broncos 39–20, to win their first championship since 1956. In addition to Simms and Taylor, the team was led during this period by head coach Bill Parcells, tight end Mark Bavaro, running back Joe Morris, and Hall of Famemarker linebacker Harry Carson.

The Giants struggled to a 6–9 record in the strike-marred 1987 season, with the running game in particular struggling. After rushing for 1,526 and 1,336 yards in 1985 and 1986 Morris struggled to 658 yards behind an injury-riddled offensive line in 1987. The early portion of the 1988 season was marred by a scandal involving Lawrence Taylor. Taylor had abused cocaine and was suspended for the first four games of the season for his second violation of the league's substance abuse policy. Despite the controversy, the Giants finished 10–6, and Taylor recorded 15.5 sacks after his return from the suspension. They surged to a 12–4 record in 1989, but lost to the Los Angeles Rams in their opening playoff game when Flipper Anderson caught a 47-yard touchdown pass to give the Rams a 19–13 overtime win. In 1990, the Giants went 13–3, and set an NFL record for fewest turnovers in a season (14), and defeated the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV.

1991–93

Following the 1990 season, Parcells resigned as head coach and was replaced by the team's offensive coordinator Ray Handley. Handley served as coach for two disappointing seasons (1991–92), which saw the Giants fall from Super Bowl champions to a 6–10 record. He was fired following the 1992 season, and replaced by former Denver Broncos' coach Dan Reeves. In the early 1990s, Simms and Taylor, two of the teams' largest figures in the 1980s, played out the last seasons of their career with steadily declining production. The Giants experienced a resurgent season with Reeves at the helm in 1993 however, and Simms and Taylor ended their careers as members of a playoff team.

1994–98

The Giants initially struggled in the post Simms-Taylor era. After starting 3–7 in 1994, the Giants won their final six games to finish 9–7 but missed the playoffs. Quarterback Dave Brown received heavy criticism throughout the season. Brown performed poorly the following two seasons, and the Giants struggled to 5–11 and 6–10 records. Reeves was fired following the 1996 season, and replaced by Jim Fassel, former offensive coordinator of the Arizona Cardinals. Fassel named Danny Kanell the team's starting quarterback, and the team finished 10–5–1 and made the playoffs in 1997. After losing in the first round to the Vikings in 1997, the Giants needed four wins to close out the season to finish 8–8 in 1998.

1999

Before the 1999 season Kerry Collins was brought in to help the team. Collins was the first–ever draft choice of the expansion Carolina Panthers in 1995, and led the Panthers to the NFC Championship game in his second season. However, problems with alcohol, conflicts with his teammates and questions about his character led to his release from the Panthers. The Giants finished 7–9 in 1999.

2000

The 2000 season was considered a make-or-break year for Fassel. The conventional wisdom was that Fassel needed to have a strong year and a playoff appearance to save his job. After two back-to-back losses at home against St. Louis and Detroit, the Giants fell to 7–4 and their playoff prospects were in question. At a press conference following the Giants' loss to Detroit, Fassel guaranteed that "[t]his team is going to the playoffs." The Giants responded, winning the rest of their regular season games to finish the season 12–4 and earn a bye as the NFC's top seed.

The Giants won their first playoff game against the Philadelphia Eagles, 20–10, and defeated the Minnesota Vikings 41–0 in the NFC Championship game. They advanced to play the Baltimore Ravens in Super Bowl XXXV. Though the Giants went into halftime down only 10–0, the Ravens dominated the second half. Their defense harassed Kerry Collins all game long, resulting in Collins completing only 15 of 39 passes for 112 yards and 4 interceptions. The Ravens won the game 34–7.

2001–06

The Giants struggled after their Super Bowl loss and Fassel was replaced by current coach Tom Coughlin in 2004. Although Collins had several solid seasons as the Giants quarterback, he experienced his share of struggles. In 2004, the Giants completed a draft day trade acquiring quarterback Eli Manning out of the University of Mississippi. Manning has been the team's starting quarterback since the middle of the 2004 season, taking over for Kurt Warner. The early part of Coughlin's tenure also produced inconsistent results (a 25–23 record and two playoff appearances—both losses, before the 2007 season) and spawned intense media scrutiny concerning the direction of the team. During this period in their history, standout players include defensive end Michael Strahan, who set the NFL single season record in sacks in 2001, and running back Tiki Barber, who set a team record for rushing yards in a season in 2005.

2007

Going into 2007, the Giants had made the playoffs in three consecutive seasons. In 2007, the Giants became the third NFL franchise to win at least 600 games when they defeated the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night Football 31–10. For the 2007 season, the NFL scheduled the Giants' road game against the Miami Dolphins on October 28 to be played in Londonmarker's Wembley Stadiummarker; this was the NFL's first regular-season game to be played outside of North America. The Giants defeated the Dolphins, 13–10. The Giants finished 10–6, and became NFC Champions after defeating the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and Green Bay Packers in the NFC Playoffs. They set the record for most consecutive road wins (which ended at 12 after losing to the Cleveland Browns during week 6 of the 2008 season).

Super Bowl XLII

The Patriots (18–0) had entered the game 12.5-point favorites and went to Glendale, Arizonamarker, undefeated. With a final score of 17–14, the Giants defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, in the third biggest upset by betting line in Super Bowl history. (Baltimore was favored by 17 over New York in Super Bowl III, and St. Louis was favored by 14 over New England in Super Bowl XXXVI.) Co-owner John Mara described it as "the greatest victory in the history of this franchise, without question."

The victory was mainly in part to New York's final drive, in which on a 3rd-and-5 with the Giants trailing 14 to 10 with 1:15 left, Eli Manning escaped the grasps of several of the Patriot's linemen. He stood up and threw it downfield to little-known wide receiver David Tyree, who leaped up, pinned the ball against his helmet and was able to hold it while being dragged down by defender Rodney Harrison. Finally, Manning threw a touchdown pass to Plaxico Burress. New England had the ball on their own 26 yard line with 29 seconds left. Tom Brady threw an incompletion, got sacked, then threw two more incompletions. Eli Manning kneeled down to kill the final seconds of the game, making the victory official.

2008

In 2008, the Giants won the NFC East with a record of 12–4 (and also were the number one seed in the NFC), losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs.

2009

After starting a perfect 5-0, New York lost to the likewise undefeated New Orleans Saints by a score of 48-27 sending them into a losing streak of 4 matches, which was broken after an overtime victory 34-31 against Atlanta.

The greatest offensive surprise thus far has been third year wideout Steve Smith. Out of USC, Smith has led the team with 61 receptions, 719 receiving yards, and 5 touchdowns.

Logos and uniforms

With over 80 years of team history, the Giants have used numerous uniforms and logos. Giants' logos include several incarnations of a giant quarterback preparing to throw a football, a lowercase "ny", and stylized versions of the team nickname.
Giants' jerseys are traditionally blue or red (or white with blue or red accents), and their pants alternate between white and gray. Currently, the Giants wear home jerseys that are solid blue with white block numbering, gray pants with red and blue stripes on the pant legs, and solid blue socks. For this they gained their most reknown nickname, "Big Blue". For road uniforms, they wear a white jersey with red block numbering and Northwest stripes on the sleeves, gray pants with blue and red stripes, and solid red socks. The Giants' current helmet is metallic blue with white block numbers, frontally mounted on either side of a red stripe running down the center. The helmet is adorned on both sides with the lower case "ny" logo and features a gray facemask. Additionally, the Giants had until the '09-'10 season a third jersey which recalled the Giants' solid red home jerseys from the early 50's: a solid red alternate with white block numbers. These jerseys have been used a total of four times, but have been retired. Once in 2004 against the Philadelphia Eagles and three consecutive years; 2005, 2006, and 2007 against the Dallas Cowboys.

Financial history and fan base

The Giants have had a long, and at times turbulent financial history. The Giants were founded by Tim Mara with an investment of US$500 in 1925 and became one of the first teams in the then five-year-old NFL. To differentiate themselves from the baseball team of the same name, they took the name "New York Football Giants", which they still use as their legal corporate name.

Although the Giants were successful on the field in their initial seasons, their financial status was a different story. Overshadowed by baseball, boxing, and college football, professional football was not a popular sport in 1925. The Giants were in dire financial straits until the 11th game of the season when Red Grange and the Chicago Bears came to town, attracting over 73,000 fans. This gave the Giants a much needed influx of revenue, and perhaps altered the history of the franchise. The following year, Grange and his agent formed a rival league and stationed a competing team, led by Grange, in New York. Though the Giants lost $50,000 that season, the rival league folded and was subsumed into the NFL. Following the 1930 season, Mara transferred ownership of the team over to his two sons to insulate the team from creditors, and by 1946, he had given over complete control of the team to them. Jack, the older son, controlled the business aspects, while Wellington controlled the on-field operations. After their initial struggles the Giants financial status stabilized, and they led the league in attendance several times in the 1930s and 1940s. Attendance Rises in Pro Football; Grand Total for League Games and Extra Contests in 1939 Placed at 1,575,289 INCREASE 12.3 PER CENT Giants First For Home Crowds With 233,440 During Season --Detroit Places Next, The New York Times, December 17, 1939, accessed June 4, 2007.
* Pro Football set Attendance Mark; National League Teams Played to More Than 1,600,000 Fans During 1940 DODGERS DREW 146,229 Washington, Pittsburgh Also Attracted Larger Crowds to Home Games, The New York Times, December 24, 1940, accessed June 4, 2007.
* Attendance Gain for Pro Football; Game Average 36.7% Higher -- 1,072,469 at 40 Contests -- 55 Last Year Drew More, The New York Times, December 7, 1943, accessed June 4, 2007.
Giants estimated value from 1998 to 2006 according to Forbes magazine.
By the early 1960s, the Giants had firmly established themselves as one of the league's biggest attractions. However, rather than continuing to receive their higher share of the league television revenue, the Mara sons pushed for equal sharing of revenue for the benefit of the entire league. Revenue sharing is still practiced in the NFL today, and is credited with strengthening the league. After their struggles in the latter half of the 1960s and the entire 1970s, the Giants hired an outsider, George Young, to run the football operations for the first time in franchise history. The Giants' on-field product and business aspects improved rapidly following the move.

In 1991, Tim Mara, struggling with cancer at the time, sold his half of the team to Bob Tisch for a reported $80 million. This marked the first time in franchise history the team had not been solely owned by the Mara family. In 2005, Wellington Mara, who had been with the team since its inception in 1925 when he worked as a ball boy, died at the age of 89. His death was followed two weeks later by the death of Tisch.

During the 2005 season, it was announced that the New York Giants, New York Jets and the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority had reached an agreement where both teams will work together to build a new stadiummarker adjacent to the current Giants Stadium. The Giants had previously planned a $300 million dollar renovation to the Meadowlands, before deciding in favor of the new stadium which was originally estimated to cost approximately $600 million, before rising to an estimated cost of one billion dollars. One advantage gained by owning the stadium is that the teams will save considerable money in tax payments. The teams plan to lease the land from the state at a cost of $6.3 million per year. The state will pay for all utilities, including the $30 million needed to install them.

The Giants are currently owned and operated by John Mara and Steve Tisch. Forbes magazine estimates the current value of the team at $974 million. This ranks them eighth among the 32 teams in the league in terms of estimated value. The value has steadily increased from $288 million in 1998, to their current value. The magazine estimated their revenue in 2006 at $182 million, of which $46 million came from gate receipts. Operating income was $26.9 million, and player salary was $102 million. Current major sponsors include Gatorade, Anheuser Buschmarker, Toyota, and Verizon Wireless. Recent former sponsors include Miller Brewing and North Fork Bank. Game day concessions are provided by Aramark, and the Giants average ticket price is $72.

The Giants draw their fans from the New York metropolitan areamarker. Since their move to New Jersey in 1976, fans from each state have claimed the team as their own. In January 1987, shortly before the team won Super Bowl XXI, then New York City mayor Ed Koch labeled the team "foreigners" and said they were not entitled to a ticker-tape parade in New York City. On February 5, 2008, the city, under mayor Michael Bloomberg, threw a ticker tape parade in honor of the Giants' Super Bowl XLII victory at the Canyon of Heroes in lower Manhattan. According to a team spokesman, in 2001, 49 percent of the Giants' season ticket-holders lived in New Jersey. Most of the remaining ticket holders lived in New York State with some coming from other states.

Players of note

Current roster

Pro Football Hall of Famers

In the Pro Football Hall of Famemarker, the Giants boast the second-most enshrined members with twenty-seven. Tim Mara and Mel Hein were a part of the original class of inductees in 1963, while linebacker Harry Carson, the most recent Giant inducted, was a part of the Class of 2006. Numerous members, including Larry Csonka, Ray Flaherty, Joe Guyon, Pete Henry, Arnie Herber, Cal Hubbard, Don Maynard, Hugh McElhenny, and Jim Thorpe were at one time associated with the New York Giants, however they have been inducted under other teams.

New York Giants Hall of Famers
No. Player Position No. Player Position
17 Red Badgro TE -- Tim Mara Owner and founder
79 Rosey Brown T -- Wellington Mara Co-owner
53 Harry Carson LB 13 Don Maynard WR
39 Larry Csonka FB/RB 13 Hugh McElhenny RB
1 Ray Flaherty Coach 55 Steve Owen T, Coach
6 Benny Friedman QB 81 Andy Robustelli DE
16 Frank Gifford HB 50 Ken Strong HB
-- Joe Guyon RB 10 Fran Tarkenton QB
7 Mel Hein C 56 Lawrence Taylor LB
-- Pete Henry OT 31 Jim Thorpe RB, DB
38 Arnie Herber QB 14 Y.A. Tittle QB
-- Cal Hubbard T 45 Emlen Tunnell DB
70 Sam Huff LB 73 Arnie Weinmeister DE
4 Tuffy Leemans FB


Retired numbers

New York Giants retired numbers
No. Player No. Player
1 Ray Flaherty*||32||[[Al Blozis]] |- |4||[[Tuffy Leemans]]||40||[[Joe Morrison]] |- |7||[[Mel Hein]]||42||[[Charlie Conerly]] |- |11||[[Phil Simms]]||50||[[Ken Strong]] |- |14||[[Y.A. Tittle]]||56||[[Lawrence Taylor]] |- |16||[[Frank Gifford]]|| |- |} *Retired in 1935, this was the first number to be retired by any team in major league sports.

NFL MVP award winners

Giants MVP winners
Year Player
1938 Mel Hein
1956 Frank Gifford
1959 Charlie Conerly
1963 Y.A. Tittle
1986 Lawrence Taylor


Super Bowl MVP award winners

Giants Super Bowl MVP winners
SB Player Position
XXI Phil Simms #11 Quarterback
XXV Ottis Anderson #24 Running Back
XLII Eli Manning #10 Quarterback


All-time first-round draft picks

Year Player College Position
1936 Art Lewis Ohio Tackle
1937 Ed Widseth Minnesota Tackle
1938 George Karamatic Gonzaga Back
1939 Walt Neilson Arizona Tackle
1940 Grenny Lansdell USC Back
1941 George Franck Minnesota Back
1942 Merle Hapes Mississippi Back
1943 Steve Filipowicz Fordham Back
1944 Billy Hillenbrand Indiana Back
1945 Elmer Barbour Wake Forest Quarterback
1946 George Connor Notre Dame Tackle
1947 Vic Schwall Northwestern Back
1948 Tony "Skip" Minisi Pennsylvaniamarker Back
1949 Paul Page SMU Back
1950 Travis Tidwell Auburn Back
1951 Kyle Rote SMU Back
1951 Jim Spavital Oklahoma A&M Back
1952 Frank Gifford USC Back
1953 Bobby Marlow Alabama Back
1954 Mark Hazlett Penn State Back
1955 Joe Heap Notre Dame Back
1956 No Selection
1957 No Selection
1958 Phil King Vanderbilt Back
1959 Lee Grosscup Utah Quarterback
1960 Lou Cordileone Clemson Tackle
1961 No Selection
1962 Jerry Hillebrand Colorado End
1963 No Selection
1964 Joe Don Looney Nebraska Back
1965 Tucker Frederickson Auburn Back
1966 Francis Peay Missouri Tackle
1967 No Selection
1968 No Selection
1969 Fred Dryer San Diego State Defensive end
1970 Jim Files Oklahoma Linebacker
1971 Rocky Thompson West Texas Statemarker Wide receiver
1972 Eldridge Small Texas A&Imarker Defensive back
1972 Larry Jacobson Nebraska Defensive end
1973 John Hicks Ohio State Offensive guard
1974 No Selection
1975 No Selection
1976 Troy Archer Colorado Defensive end
1977 Gary Jeter USC Defensive tackle
1978 Gordon King Stanford Offensive tackle
1979 Phil Simms Morehead Statemarker Quarterback
1980 Mark Haynes Colorado Defensive back
1981 Lawrence Taylor North Carolina Linebacker
1982 Butch Woolfolk Michigan Running back
1983 Terry Kinard Clemson Defensive back
1984 Carl Banks Michigan State Linebacker
1984 William Roberts Ohio State Offensive tackle
1985 George Adams Kentucky Running back
1986 Eric Dorsey Notre Dame Defensive end
1987 Mark Ingram Michigan State Wide receiver
1988 Eric Moore Indiana Offensive tackle
1989 Brian Williams Minnesota Center
1990 Rodney Hampton Georgia Running back
1991 Jarrod Bunch Michigan Running back
1992 Derek Brown Notre Dame Tight end
1993 No Selection
1994 Thomas Lewis Indiana Wide receiver
1995 Tyrone Wheatley Michigan Running back
1996 Cedric Jones Oklahoma Defensive end
1997 Ike Hilliard Florida Wide receiver
1998 Shaun Williams UCLA Defensive back
1999 Luke Petitgout Notre Dame Offensive tackle
2000 Ron Dayne Wisconsin Running back
2001 Will Allen Syracuse Defensive back
2002 Jeremy Shockey Miami Tight end
2003 William Joseph Miami Defensive tackle
2004 Philip Rivers North Carolina State Quarterback
2005 No Selection
2006 Mathias Kiwanuka Boston College Defensive end
2007 Aaron Ross Texas Defensive back
2008 Kenny Phillips Miami Defensive back
2009 Hakeem Nicks North Carolina Wide receiver


Coaches of note

Current staff

Radio and television

As of 2009, the Giants' flagship radio station is WFANmarker 660 AM, the oldest all-sports radio station in the United States. Some games in August and September are moved to WCBS-FM 101.1 FM due to conflicts with the New York Mets baseball team. Since 2008 the broadcast features play-by-play man Bob Papa and color commentator Carl Banks, with Howard Cross reporting from the sidelines. WWOR and WNYW sports reporter Russ Salzberg, who also served as midday host on WFAN with Steve Somers in the mid-1990s, hosts the pregame and postgame shows with former Giants offensive lineman Roman Oben.

Preseason telecasts not seen nationally air in the area on WNBCmarker, "4 New York."

Past

WFAN has produced the Giants' radio broadcasts since the mid '90s, but has not always aired them on the station. The first year of production saw the games airing on the team's flagship station at the time, WORmarker. For the following season the radiocasts aired simultaneously on both WOR and WFAN, with the games moving solely to the latter the next year. In 1997 WFAN decided to begin airing the Giants broadcast on sister station WNEW-FM, a practice it ended after three seasons. The Giants' radiocasts moved back to WFAN in 2000 and have been there ever since.

The Giants' longtime radio home was WNEW-AMmarker, where games aired from the mid-1950s until 1993 when the station was bought by Bloomberg L.P. and changed its format. Marty Glickman teamed with Al DeRogatis for a long stretch beginning in the early 1960s on WNEW-AM. Dick Lynch joined Glickman after DeRogatis left to join Curt Gowdy on NBC. After the WNEW split, games began airing on WOR. Jim Gordon replaced Glickman as Giants voice in 1977 with Lynch as his analyst. Lynch was an analyst for the Giants from 1967 to 2007, with his last game being Super Bowl XLII, and retired following the season due to his advancing leukemia, which took his life in September 2008.

Eventually Gordon and Lynch were joined by Karl Nelson, a former lineman for the Giants. Gordon and Nelson were fired after the 1994 season, after which Papa took over the play-by-play (after being studio host) and led a two-man booth with Lynch. Dave Jennings joined the broadcast team in 2002 following his firing by the Jets, with whom he had worked since his 1987 retirement from the NFL. Jennings was moved to the pregame show after the 2006 season and was replaced by Carl Banks.

After WFAN began airing games Richard Neer served as pregame and postgame host. Eventually, Sid Rosenberg served as pregame and postgame host for home games. They were replaced by Chris Carlin, who in turn was replaced by Salzberg for 2008.

The Giants were carried on the DuMont Network, then CBS (New York's Channel 2) in the early TV days of the NFL, when home games were blacked out within a 75-mile radius of New York City. Chris Schenkel was their play-by-play announcer in that early era when each team was assigned its own network voice on its regional telecasts. At the time, there were few if any true national telecasts until the NFL championship game, which was carried by NBC. Schenkel was joined by Jim McKay, later Johnny Lujack through the 1950s and the early 1960s. As Giants players retired to the broadcast booth in the early and 1960s, first Pat Summerall, then Frank Gifford took the color analyst slot next to Schenkel. As the 1970 merger of the NFL and AFL approached, CBS moved to a more generic announcer approach and Schenkel was off the broadcasts.

Giants regular-season Sunday telecasts moved to Fox when that network took over NFC telecasts in 1994.

See also

  • Sports Hall of Fame of New Jersey. Inductees are honored in a public ceremony that takes place during New York Giants games. The hall of fame was established in 1988 to honor athletes, teams, events and contributors associated with the state of New Jerseymarker. There is currently no physical site or structure for the hall, but its members are honored with plaques that are displayed at Izod Centermarker (known as the Continental Airlines Arena until October 2007) in the Meadowlands Sports Complexmarker. The first group of members was inducted in May 1993.


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External links



Bibliography

  • Carroll, John Martin. Grange and the Rise of Modern Football, Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1999 ISBN 0252071662
  • Neft, David S., Cohen, Richard M., and Korch, Rick. The Complete History of Professional Football from 1892 to the Present, New York: St. Martin's Press, 1994 pg. 113 ISBN 0312114354



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