Giants, in Their Own Words: New York Giant Greats Talk about the Team, the Game, the Coaches, and the Times of Their Lives

Giants, in Their Own Words: New York Giant Greats Talk about the Team, the Game, the Coaches, and the Times of Their Lives

by Richard Whittingham
     
 

As the story goes, on October 18, 1925, Tim Mara remarked to a friend, "I'm gonna try to put pro football over in New York today." He had recently bought an NFL franchise for either $500 or $2500, depending on who is telling the story. Figuring that an empty store in New York was worth that much, he had decided to take a chance. That afternoon the Giants, with an over… See more details below

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As the story goes, on October 18, 1925, Tim Mara remarked to a friend, "I'm gonna try to put pro football over in New York today." He had recently bought an NFL franchise for either $500 or $2500, depending on who is telling the story. Figuring that an empty store in New York was worth that much, he had decided to take a chance. That afternoon the Giants, with an over-the-hill Jim Thorpe in the lineup, played their first game in New York City, losing 14-0 to the Frankford Yellow Jackets at the Polo Grounds. The Giants overcame this inauspicious debut and soon became one of the premier teams in the NFL, appearing in the league's first three title games. From the famous "Sneakers" championship game of 1934, in which team tailor Abe Cohen became the unlikely hero; to the 1958 sudden-death overtime championship game against the Colts, one of the most exciting football games ever played; to Super Bowl XXV, the New York Giants have enjoyed more than their share of the glories of championships and spectacular performances. Giants: In Their Own Words is a behind-the-scenes account of one of pro football's oldest and most esteemed franchises, as told by some of the most honored players and coaches of the past 65 years. Hall of Famers Frank Gifford, Tom Landry, Y. A. Tittle, Sam Huff, Rosey Brown, Andy Robustelli, Mel Hein, Arnie Weinmeister, and Red Badgro as well as many other Giants household names tell their own stories about their times, their teammates, and the teams and players they battled against. Y. A. Tittle reveals that he wasn't even supposed to start the game in which he threw 7 touchdown passes - still an NFL record. Tom Landry recalls his days as defensive coach for the Giants, when his partnership with offensive coach Vince Lombardi formed the greatest assistant-coaching tandem in NFL history. Shipwreck Kelly reminisces about his off-the-field exploits, from hobnobbing with movie stars to spying for the FBI. And Giants president Wellington Mara, who was

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780809239214
Publisher:
McGraw-Hill/Contemporary
Publication date:
09/15/1992
Pages:
256

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