Sep 7

The New York Football Giants

The New York Football Giants

For more than 88 years the New York Football Giants have been playing American football and thrilling the public around the New York tri-state area. Founded in 1925, the Giants entered the fledgling National Football League (NFL) when it was only five years old. Original owner Tim Mara passed away in 1959 and the team was taken over by his sons Jack and Wellington. The Mara family owns the team to this day.

Like any team in the NFL the New York Football Giants (they were legally named this right from the start and still go by the name today) have had their ups and downs but, starting from their third season, they have been perennial winners and one of the NFL’s powerhouse teams. Over their nearly 90 years of existence they have been winners of eight championships including four Super Bowls.

Not only have the Giants been a darling of New York for many years but football aficionados will tell you that, even though they lost the 1958 championship game in overtime to the Baltimore Colts (23 – 17) that game, more than any other, takes the credit for increasing the popularity of not only the NFL but American football itself around the country and around the world.

The Giants went through quite a drought of championship teams during the 1960s and 1970s but, starting in 1981, they qualified to enter the postseason 7 times. They also went to the Super Bowl 2 times and won both Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV. It was during these years that the team was led by Hall of Fame coach Bill Parcells as well as Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor and the great Phil Simms at quarterback.

Today’s team has, for the most part, kept up those winning ways and coach Bill Coughlan and future Hall of Fame quarterback Eli Manning have led the team to two incredible (and most would say improbable) wins against the New England Patriots and superstar Tom Brady. Indeed, in both Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI they came from behind to beat a heavily favored Patriots team. Quarterback Eli Manning, brother of superstar Peyton Manning, was named the MVP of both games.

Many Giants fans will tell you that, as far as Super Bowl seasons are concerned, 1986 is one of the best that the Giants have had over their history. They started their season that year with a loss to the hated Cowboys of Dallas but went on to have an incredible season and, after defeating Hall of Fame quarterback Joe Montana and his San Francisco 49ers 49-3 in the NFC divisional playoff, they went on to defeat the Washington Redskins by blanking them 17-0 in the NFC championship game, earning the right to face the formidable Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.

Although they were behind at the half 10-9, the New York Football Giants came storming back in that second half of the game and beat the hapless Broncos 39 – 20. By completing a Super Bowl record 88% of his passes (22 out of 25) the Giants Phil Simms was named Super Bowl XXI’s MVP.

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