|New York Giants|
Play in Meadowlands Stadium
East Rutherford, New Jersey
|Team colors||Dark blue, Red, Gray, White
|Owner(s)||John Mara (50%) and Steve Tisch (50%)|
|General manager||Jerry Reese|
|Head coach||Tom Coughlin|
|Big Blue, G-Men, the Jints|
|League championships (7)|
|Conference championships (10)
|Division championships (15)
|Playoff appearances (30)|
The New York Giants are a professional American football team based in East Rutherford, New Jersey, representing the New York metropolitan area. The team is scheduled to play at Meadowlands Stadium beginning in the 2010 NFL season. In a unique arrangement, the team will share the stadium with the New York Jets.
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 Fame 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 Francisco 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," and the "Jints," a name seen frequently in the New York Post, originating from the baseball team when they were based in New York.
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|History of the New York Giants|
|History of the New York Giants (1925–1978)|
|History of the New York Giants (1979–1993)|
|History of the New York Giants (1994–present)|
|Financial history of the New York Giants|
The Giants played their first game against All New Britain in New Britain, Connecticut, 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 Grounds 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.
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 Fame 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.
They did not win another league title until 1956, aided by a number of future Pro Football Hall of Fame 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.
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 New York Jets, 37–14, in front of 70,874 fans at the Yale Bowl in New Haven, Connecticut. 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 Stadium, which the team shared with baseball's New York Yankees, the Giants were forced to play their home games at the Yale Bowl in New Haven 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 Stadium at the Meadowlands in East Rutherford, New Jersey. 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.
The Giants' front office operations were complicated by a long-standing feud between Wellington Mara and his nephew, Tim Mara. Jack Mara had died in 1965, leaving his share of the club to his son Tim. Wellington and Tim's personal styles and their visions for the club clashed, and eventually they stopped talking to each other. Commissioner Rozelle intervened and appointed a neutral general manager, George Young, allowing the club to operate more smoothly. The feud became moot on February 20, 1991, when Tim Mara sold his shares in the club to Preston Robert Tisch.
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 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.
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 to their first Super Bowl and played the Denver Broncos at the Rose Bowl 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 Fame 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.
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.
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. One of the bright spots of the Giants season in 1998 was defeating the Denver Broncos in week 15, giving the Broncos their first loss of the season after starting 13-0.
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.
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.
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.
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 London's Wembley Stadium; 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).
The Patriots (18–0) had entered the game 12.5-point favorites and went to Glendale, Arizona, 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. (The Baltimore Colts were favored by 17 over the New York Jets in Super Bowl III, and the St. Louis Rams were favored by 14 over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XXXVI.)  Co-owner John Mara described it as "the greatest victory in the history of this franchise, without question."
In 2008, the Giants won the NFC East with a record of 12–4 (and also were the number one seed in the NFC after beating the Carolina Panthers for home field advantage), losing to the Philadelphia Eagles in the divisional round of the playoffs.
After starting a perfect 5-0, New York lost to the likewise undefeated New Orleans Saints at their stadium by a score of 48-27, beginning a 4 game losing streak, which was broken with a 34-31 overtime victory against the Atlanta Falcons. On Thanksgiving night, they lost to the Denver Broncos 26-6. The Giants next beat the then Division leading Dallas Cowboys. A week later, with a record of 7-5, they lost to the Philadelphia Eagles, 45-38. On December 27, the Giants lost to the Carolina Panthers 41-9 in their final game at Giants Stadium, and were eliminated from playoff eligibility. The Giants finished the season 8-8.
Third year wideout Steve Smith led the team with 107 receptions (a team record), 1,220 receiving yards (second most in a season for the Giants) and 7 touchdowns.
Following the end of the season, the Giants fired first-year defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan, and replaced him with the former Buffalo Bills interim head coach, Perry Fewell. The Giants defense finished 13th overall under Sheridan, giving up 324.9 yards per game. The final two losses of the season against Carolina and Minnesota, in which the Giants gave up 85 points is what ultimately led to the firing of Sheridan, and the hiring of Fewell.
In 2009, the Giants moved their offices from Giants Stadium into the Timex Performance Center, also located in the Meadowlands.
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 renown 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.
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.
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 stadium 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 Busch, 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 area. 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.
New York Giants roster
In the Pro Football Hall of Fame, 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|
|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|
|New York Giants retired numbers|
|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|
*Retired in 1935, this was the first number to be retired by any team in major league sports.
|Giants MVP winners|
|Giants Super Bowl MVP winners|
|XXI||Phil Simms #11||Quarterback|
|XXV||Ottis Anderson #24||Running Back|
|XLII||Eli Manning #10||Quarterback|
|1945||Elmer Barbour||Wake Forest||Quarterback|
|1946||George Connor||Notre Dame||Tackle|
|1948||Tony "Skip" Minisi||Pennsylvania||Back|
|1951||Jim Spavital||Oklahoma A&M||Back|
|1954||Mark Hazlett||Penn State||Back|
|1955||Joe Heap||Notre Dame||Back|
|1964||Joe Don Looney||Nebraska||Back|
|1969||Fred Dryer||San Diego State||Defensive end|
|1971||Rocky Thompson||West Texas State||Wide receiver|
|1972||Eldridge Small||Texas A&I||Defensive back|
|1972||Larry Jacobson||Nebraska||Defensive end|
|1973||John Hicks||Ohio State||Offensive guard|
|1976||Troy Archer||Colorado||Defensive end|
|1977||Gary Jeter||USC||Defensive tackle|
|1978||Gordon King||Stanford||Offensive tackle|
|1979||Phil Simms||Morehead State||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|
|1990||Rodney Hampton||Georgia||Running back|
|1991||Jarrod Bunch||Michigan||Running back|
|1992||Derek Brown||Notre Dame||Tight end|
|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 (FL)||Tight end|
|2003||William Joseph||Miami (FL)||Defensive tackle|
|2004||Philip Rivers||North Carolina State||Quarterback|
|2006||Mathias Kiwanuka||Boston College||Defensive end|
|2007||Aaron Ross||Texas||Defensive back|
|2008||Kenny Phillips||Miami (FL)||Defensive back|
|2009||Hakeem Nicks||North Carolina||Wide receiver|
New York Giants staff
Special Team Coaches
Strength and Conditioning
As of 2009, the Giants' flagship radio station is WFAN 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. Former Bergen Record reporter Paul Dottino, who was previously with WEPN, hosts pregame, halftime, and postgame shows. The games are also carried by several AM and FM stations in New York and Pennsylvania over the New York Giants Radio Network.
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, WOR, as WFAN was already the radio flagship for the New York Jets and continued to be so for several years after the station acquired the radio rights to the Giants. 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-AM, 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 WWOR and WNYW sports reporter Russ 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 and are carried locally by WNYW.
WCBS and WPIX were previously home to Giants preseason telecasts in the 1990s. After the NFC rights were lost by CBS, the Giants followed the conference's broadcast rights to WNYW. WWOR became the Giants' flagship TV station in the late '90s, and stayed so up until WNBC took over rights in 2005.
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The New York Giants are an American football team. They are a part of the National Football League (NFL). Even though they are called the New York Giants they do not play in New York. They play in East Rutherford, New Jeresy. New York is right across the Hudson river from East Rutherford ,so they consider New York as home. The Giants play in Giants Stadium in which they share with the New york Jets. However in 2009 a new stadium will be opened right next to the sight of the old stadium. The New York Giants started playing in 1925. They have won six championships. On February 3, 2008, the Giants beat the New England Patriots (17-14) to win their third Super Bowl championship.The previous two Super Bowl victories came against the Denver Broncos and the Buffalo Bills (when they won the game on a missed last second field goal that went "wide right".) Moreover, the famous face behind NYG football is the Quarter Back Ely Manning, who many regard as the nucleus of the NYG attacking plays.