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Lead by quarterback Eli Manning, defensive end Osi Umenyiora, linebacker Antonio Pierce and recently retired Michael Strahan, the New York Giants are defending Super Bowl champions.

History

In 1925, Tim Mara purchased the team for $500.

The Giants played their first game against All New Britain in New Britain, Connecticut, on October 9, 1925. They defeated New Britain 26–0 in front of a crowd of 10,000.[1] 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 Hunter Conforti, 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 1930 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. 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 5 out of those 6 years, 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

Current roster

Retired Numbers

1 Ray Flaherty
4 Alphonse Leemans
7 Mel Hein
11 Phil Simms
14 Y.A. Tittle
16 Frank Gifford
32 Al Blozis
40 Joe Morrison
42 Charlie Conerly
50 Ken Strong
56 Lawrence Taylor

General Managers

1979-1998 George Young
1999-2006 Ernie Accorsi
2007-Present Jerry Reese

Head Coaches

1925 Bob Folwell
1926 Joe Alexander
1927-28 Earl Potteiger
1929-30 LeRoy Andrews
1930 Benny Friedman
1931-53 Steve Owen
1954-60 Jim Lee Howell
1961-68 Allie Sherman
1969-73 Alex Webster
1974-76 Bill Arnsparger
1976-78 John McVay
1979-82 Ray Perkins
1983-90 Bill Parcells
1991-92 Ray Handley
1993-96 Dan Reeves
1997-03 Jim Fassel
2004-Present Tom Coughlin

Awards

Defensive Player of the Year
1981 Lawrence Taylor
1982 Lawrence Taylor
1986 Lawrence Taylor
2001 Michael Strahan

Offensive Player of the Year
None

Regular Season MVP
1938 Mel Hein
1956 Frank Gifford
1959 Charlie Conerly
1963 Y.A. Tittle
1986 Lawrence Taylor

Super Bowl MVP
XXI Phil Simms
XXV Otis Anderson
XLII Eli Manning

Rookie Of the Year
1981 Lawrence Taylor
2002 Jeremy Shockey

Coach of the Year
1961 Allie Sherman
1962 Allie Sherman
1986 Bill Parcells
1993 Dan Reeves
1997 Jim Fassel

Comeback Player of the Year
1989 Otis Anderson

Record Per Season

Regular Season Record (All-Time): 606-506-33
Playoff Record (All-Time): 20-23
Super Bowl Record: 3-1

Year Record
2007 10-6-0
2006 8-8-0
2005 11-5-0
2004 6-10-0
2003 4-12-0
2002 10-6-0
2001 9-7-0
2000 12-4-0
1999 7-9-0
1998 8-8-0
1997 10-5-1
1996 6-10-0
1995 5-11-0
1994 9-7-0
1993 11-5-0
1992 6-10-0
1991 8-8-0
1990 13-3-0
1989 12-4-0
1988 10-6-0
1987 6-9-0
1986 14-2-0

All Time Records

Career Records

Passing Yards: Phil Simms 33,462 yards
Passing Touchdowns: Phil Simms 199
Rushing Yards: Tiki Barber 10,449
Rushing Touchdowns: Tiki Barber 55
Receptions: Amani Toomer 620
Receiving Yards: Amani Toomer 8,917
Receiving Touchdowns: Amani Toomer 50
Punt Return for Touchdown: Dave Meggett 6
Sacks: Michael Strahan 141.5
Interceptions: Emlen Tunnell 74
Tackles: Michael Strahan 667
Forced Fumbles: Michael Strahan 24

Single Season Records

Passing Yards: 2002 Kerry Collins 4,073 yards
Passing Touchdowns: 1963 Y.A. Tittle 36
Rushing Yards: 2005 Tiki Barber 1860 yards
Rushing Touchdowns: 1985 Joe Morris 21
Receptions: 2002 Amani Toomer 82
Receiving Yards: 2002 Amani Toomer 1,343
Receiving Touchdowns: 1967 Homer Jones 13
Punt Return for Touchdown: 1951 Emlen Tunnell 3

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