The Giants were founded in 1925 by original owner Tim Mara with an investment of $500. Legally named “New York Football Giants” (which they still are to this day) to distinguish themselves from the baseball team of the same name, they became one of the first teams in the then five-year-old National Football League. In 1919, Charles Stoneham, the owner of the New York Giants baseball team, had organized and promoted a professional football team to be called the New York Giants. The team folded before its first game.
Mara owned the team until his death in 1959, when it was passed on to his sons, Wellington and Jack.
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 and the Big Blue Wrecking Crew defense. As of 2012, this is the Giants’ best regular season record since the NFL began playing sixteen-game seasons in 1978. After clinching the top seed in the NFC, the Giants defeated the 49ers 49–3 in the divisional round of the NFC playoffs and the Redskins 17–0 in the NFC championship game, advancing to their first Super Bowl, Super Bowl XXI, against the Denver Broncos at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. Led by 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.
Super Bowl XXV was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Buffalo Bills and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion New York Giants to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1990 season. The Giants defeated the Bills by the score of 20–19, winning their second Super Bowl. It is the only Super Bowl decided by one point.
In 1991, Tim Mara, struggling with cancer at the time, sold his half of the team to Steve 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.
Super Bowl XLII was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion New York Giants and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2007 season. The Giants defeated the Patriots by the score of 17–14. The game was played on February 3, 2008, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona.
In 2010, MetLife Stadium opened, replacing Giants Stadium. The new stadium is a 50/50 partnership between the Giants and Jets, and while the stadium is owned by the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority on paper, the two teams jointly built the stadium using private funds, and administer it jointly through New Meadowlands Stadium Corporation. The Giants had previously planned a $300 million 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 saved considerable money in tax payments. The teams leased the land from the state at a cost of $6.3 million per year. The state paid for all utilities, including the $30 million needed to install them.
Super Bowl XLVI was an American football game between the National Football Conference (NFC) champion New York Giants and the American Football Conference (AFC) champion New England Patriots to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 2011 season. The Giants defeated the Patriots by the score of 21–17. The game was played on February 5, 2012, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, the first time that the Super Bowl was played in the state of Indiana.
The New York Giants are a professional American football team located in the New York metropolitan area. The Giants compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) East division. The team plays its home games in East Rutherford, New Jersey, at MetLife Stadium, which it shares with the New York Jets in a unique arrangement. The Giants hold their summer training camp at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex.
1925 – Present / National Football League
1925 – Present / New York Giants
Giants – In 1925, Tim Mara purchased New York’s first professional football team for a reported $500. Owner Tim Mara “borrowed” the Giants name from the city’s Major League Baseball team of the same name. Mara decided on Giants because his team would play at the Polo Grounds, the home of baseball’s New York Giants. The original Giants derived their name from the city’s giant buildings.
Super Bowl 4
2012, 2008, 1991, 1987
NFL Championships 3
1956, 1938, 1934
APFA/NFL Standings Champion 1
2011 – Present / MetLife Stadium
2010 / New Meadowlands Stadium
1976 – 2009 / Giants Stadium
1975 / Shea Stadium
1973 – 1974 / Yale Bowl
1956 – 1973 / Yankee Stadium
1925 – 1955 / Polo Grounds
2005 – Present / John Mara and Steve Tisch
1991 – 2004 / Bob Tisch
1965 – 2004 / Wellington Mara
1965 – 1990 / Tim J. Mara
1959 – 1964 / Jack Mara and Wellington Mara
1925 – 1958 / Tim Mara
1 Ray Flaherty
4 Tuffy Leemans
7 Mel Hein
11 Phil Simms
14 Ward Cuff
14 Y. A. Tittle
16 Frank Gifford
32 Al Blozis
40 Joe Morrison
42 Charlie Conerly
50 Ken Strong
56 Lawrence Taylor
*Blue is this team’s history