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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 the ...
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 ...
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 ...
History of the Giants
The New York Giants are among the NFL's oldest and most storied teams. Founded in 1925, they have a long history of success, including eight championships, four Super Bowls, and over 20 division titles. They have been home to football’s greatest players, such as Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, and Eli Manning.
The team was founded by Tim Mara, who purchased an NFL franchise for 500 dollars back in 1925 when professional football was still relatively new. The team played their first game against All-Newark at Yankee Stadium on October 4th with a record attendance for any sporting event held there until that point - 32,000 people!
In 1934 the Giants won their first championship after going 13-1 during regular season play, which included 12 straight wins in closing out the year behind future Hall Of Fame coach Steve Owen's innovative “Umbrella Defense” system, which featured seven defensive backs instead of six like other teams were using at this period (this defense is now known as “Cover 2″). This championship victory marked only second-ever title win since joining the league five years prior; it also started what would become many more successes throughout the following decades under legendary coaches such as Ray Flaherty & Jim Lee Howell, who both led them to two championships each within 10 years span from 1935–1945 respectively before being replaced by current head coach Tom Coughlin who has taken them all way back again twice already winning two Super Bowl titles 2007 & 2011 seasons respectively making him fourth-longest tenured head coach currently active today across entire National Football League (NFL).
In addition to these accomplishments, we cannot forget about individual accolades achieved by some of its star players like Lawrence Taylor, whose 1986 Defensive Player Year Award set the bar high not just Giant organization but the entire league itself, or Michael Strahan's record-breaking 22 sacks in a single season 1997 campaign put his name into conversation amongst great pass rushers ever play game including Reggie White, Bruce Smith, Deacon Jones, etc... Lastly let us not forget about Eli Manning quarterbacking squad through those Super as mentioned earlier Bowl victories while becoming face franchise along the way too earning himself a spot among elite quarterbacks all time despite never having won MVP award nor leading league passing yards/touchdowns categories any given year yet remaining consistent presence pocket every Sunday afternoon past decade-plus counting!
1925 - Present / National Football League
1925 - Present / New York Giants
Giants - The New York Giants are one of the most iconic teams in NFL history, and their nickname has been part of American sports culture for generations. But where did this beloved moniker come from? Let's look at the origin story behind the legendary team name "Giants."
It all started in 1925 when an ownership group led by Tim Mara purchased a new professional football franchise based out of New York City. The team was initially called “the Giants” as a reference to its large market size compared to other franchises around that time. In essence, it was meant to signify that they were bigger than everyone else – hence why they chose such an imposing name!
But there is more than meets the eye with this nickname; it also pays homage to some local baseball lore. Back then, two rival teams played each other on alternating days at what has now known as Yankee Stadium: The National League’s New York Giants and American League’s Yankees (formerly Highlanders). As such, many fans began referring collectively to them as “the Big Apple Teams," which eventually became shortened into just “Giants" over time - making perfect sense for our beloved football franchise!
Today we still honor these roots every game day when players from both sides run onto the field wearing jerseys adorned with those same three letters: G-I-A-N-T-S! It truly serves as a reminder not only about how far our beloved organization has come since those early days but also how much respect we have for its rich heritage & tradition - something no true fan could ever forget or deny!
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
To qualify as the greatest player for this team, the player must have played one season for this team. If not, we will remove the player.
* verifies that player has played for this team as an added player by a fan.
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
92 / Michael Strahan
*Blue is this team’s history