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The Team Spirit OVERTIME website begins where the Team Spirit books end.

That's because football never stands still … And I can never squeeze everything I want into 48 pages!

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20132016 Season Roundup: The team’s investment in defensive players paid off, as the Giants held opponents to 20 points or less in nine of their 11 victories. Damon Harrison and Landon Collins had breakout years on defense, and Jason Pierre-Paul finally returned to full strength. New York’s running game was its big weakness, and it caught up with the club in the playoffs when they lost to the Packers in the opening round.

2016 Season Preview: With a new head coach and new talent on defense, the Giants are the favorites to win their division. Eli Manning leads an offense that features three strong receivers—Odell Beckham, Victor Cruz and Sterling Shepard. The defense has nowhere to go but up after a terrible 2015.

20132015 Season Preview: The Giants have a glamorous offense led by Eli Manning and receivers Odell Beckham and Victor Cruz. But defense wins games in the NFL, and the New York D is not what it used to be. A fireworks accident knocked Jason Pierre-Pau out for the season and there is no one to take his place.

2013January 31, 2015: Odell Beckham Jr. was named Offensive Rookie of the Year.

September 1, 2014: The Giants have a new offense built around Eli Manning's quick decision-making and accurate throws. With help from newcomer Rashad Jennings at running back, Manning should have a balanced squad to work with. On defense, the Giants needed help at defensive back and got it with the additions of cornerbacks Walter Thurmond and Dominique Ridgers-Cromartie.

2013September 4, 2013: If David Wilson steps up and becomes a force at running back, the Giants could have the most explosive offense in the NFC. Eli Manning and his receivers already make up one of football's finest passing attacks. New York's defensive line also ranks among the best in the business. If the linebackers and defensive backs play to their potential, the Giants could be looking at a return trip to the Super Bowl.

2013February 2, 2013: Three December losses cost the Giants a spot in the playoffs. They finished 9–7 for the second year in a row, but this time had no chance to defend their championship. Victor Cruz and Eli Manning had Pro Bowl seasons, but the defense came up short in key situations.

Summer, 2012: The Giants actually look stronger at the beginning of 2012 than they did at the end of their amazing Super Bowl victory. Can they win another championship? Only one team in the last 20 years has done it. Eli Manning and Big Blue will give it their best shot.

     
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Em Tunnell was a coach by the time I started following the Giants. But I could tell from the way my dad and uncle talked about him that he had been an amazing player. (Bowman Gum Co.)

 

 

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Same deal with Rosey Brown. He was the key blocker on the Giants' offense in the 1960s. (Topps, Inc.)

 

 

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Joe Morris was small enough to squeeze through holes in the line. When there was no hole, he just jumped over everybody! (Author's Collection)

 

Ward Cuff — Running Back
Born: 8/12/1913
Died: 12/24/2002
Played for Team: 1937 to 1945
In the days when star players were asked to do a little of everything, Ward Cuff did everything well. He was a top runner and kicker, and a good defensive player, too. Cuff helped the Giants win the championship in 1938 and was an All-Star each year from 1939 to 1941.


Emlen Tunnell — Defensive Back
Born: 3/29/1925
Died: 7/22/1975
Played for Team: 1948 to 1958
During the 1950s, the passing game became an important weapon for NFL teams. Emlen Tunnell was the league's best at defending against the pass. He finished his career with 79 interceptions—a record at the time—and was the first African-Amercian player elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.


Roosevelt Brown — Offensive Lineman
Born: 10/20/1932
Died: 6/9/2004
Played for Team: 1953 to 1965
"Rosey" Brown was one of the NFL's biggest linemen, but also one of the quickest. He was a tremendous blocker on running plays, and he also took great pride in keeping his quarterbacks safe. Brown was picked to play in the Pro Bowl nine times from 1955 to 1965.


Andy Robustelli— Defensive Lineman
Born: 12/6/1925
Died:5/31/2011
Played for Team: 1956 to 1964
When Andy Robustelli joined the Giants in 1956, he was the final piece in their defensive puzzle. The team won the NFL title that year and went on to play in five more championship games during his career. Robustelli used his quickness and intelligence to become a great pass-rusher, even though most blockers outweighed him by 50 pounds or more. In 1962, he won the Bert Bell Award as the NFL's top player.


Joe Morris — Running Back
Born: 9/15/1960
Played for Team: 1982 to 1988
Joe Morris proved that bigger isn't necessarily better in pro football. He led the league in touchdowns in 1985 and ran for over 300 yards in the postseason the year the Giants won the Super Bowl. Morris eventually passed Alex Webster as the team's all-time rushing leader. Rodney Hampton and Tiki Barber eventually surpassed him.


Mark Bavaro — Tight End
Born: 4/23/1963
Played for Team: 1985 to 1990
Few tight ends combined toughness and talent the way Mark Bavaro did. He loved to hit and get hit so much that teammates started calling him "Rambo." He set a team record with 12 catches in a game as a rookie in 1985 and was picked to play in the Pro Bowl in 1986 and 1987. Bavaro's most famous moment came after a catch against the San Francisco 49ers in 1986. It took seven tacklers to drag him to the ground.


Victor Cruz — Receiver
Born: 11/11/1986
First Year with Team: 2010
Victor Cruz was almost cut from the Giants in 2010, but he survived to become one of their best players in 2011. He caught 82 passes and set a team record with 1,536 yards on the way to a championship season. Cruz celebrated his touchdowns with a Salsa dance.

     
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Cheer up, Bob Tucker. You were always a Pro Bowl player in my eyes. (Giants/NFL)

 

CHANGE OF ADDRESS
From 1973 to 1976, the Giants had four different home fields: Yankee Stadium, the Yale Bowl, Shea Stadium, and Giants Stadium.


NO RESPECT
One of the team's best players in the 1970s was Bob Tucker. He caught more passes in the 1970s than any other tight end in the NFL—but he never made the Pro Bowl!


YARD WORK
Beginning in their first season, the Giants led the NFL in yards gained seven years in a row.

     
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Eddie Price is a guy that a lot of fans don't know about—even though he was the last Giant to lead the league in rushing. (Bowman Gum Co.)

 

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I always wondered why someone named Homer would go into football instead of baseball. Doh! (Topps, Inc.)

 

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With the team's great defensive line in the early 1960s, Dick Lynch had a lot of opportunities to pick off desperate passes. (Philadelphia Gum Co.)

 

RUSHING YARDS
1936 — Tuffy Leemans — 830
1943 — Bill Paschal — 572
1944 — Bill Paschal — 737
1951 — Eddie Price — 971


RECEIVING YARDS
1932 — Ray Flaherty — 350


PASSING YARDS
1933 — Harry Newman — 973
1935 — Ed Danowski — 794


RUSHING TDs
1943 — Bill Paschal — 10
1944 — Bill Paschal — 9
1985 — Joe Morris — 21


RECEIVING TDs
1932 — Ray Flaherty — 5
1933 — Dale Burnett — 3 (tied for NFL lead)
1933 — Kink Richards — 3 (tied for NFL lead)
1945 — Frank Liebel — 10
1967 — Homer Jones — 13


PASSING TDs
1933 — Harry Newman — 11
1935 — Ed Danowski — 10
1962 — Y.A. Tittle — 33
1963 — Y.A. Tittle — 36


POINTS
1933 — Ken Strong — 64 (tied for NFL lead)
1949 — Gene Roberts — 102 (tied for NFL lead)
1963 — Don Chandler — 106


INTERCEPTIONS
1944 — Howie Livingston — 9
1947 — Frank Reagan — 10 (tied for NFL lead)
1951 — Otto Schnellbacher — 11
1958 — Jimmy Patton — 11
1961 — Dick Lynch — 9
1963 — Dick Lynch — 9 (tied for NFL lead)
1968 — Willie Williams — 10


SACKS
1986 — Lawrence Taylor — 20.5
2001 — Michael Strahan — 22.5
2003 — Michael Strahan — 18.5

     
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SEASON GAME OPPONENT SCORE
1933 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Lost 23–21
1934 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Won 30–13
1935 NFL Championship Detroit Lions Lost 26–7
1938 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers Won 23–17
1939 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers Lost 27–0
1941 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Lost 37–9
1944 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers Lost 14–7
1946 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Lost 24–14
1956 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Won 47–7
1958 NFL Championship Baltimore Colts Lost 23–17 (OT)
1959 NFL Championship Baltimore Colts Lost 31–16
1961 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers Lost 37–0
1962 NFL Championship Green Bay Packers LostL16–7
1963 NFL Championship Chicago Bears Lost 14–10
1986 NFC Championship Washington Redskins WonW 17–0
1986 Super Bowl XXI Denver Broncos Won 39–20
1990 NFC Championship San Francisco 49ers Won 15–13
1990 Super Bowl XXV Buffalo Bills Won 20–19
2000 NFC Championship Minnesota Vikings Won 41–0
2000 Super Bowl XXXV Baltimore Ravens Lost 34–7
2007 NFC Championship Green Bay Packers Won 23–20 (OT)
2007 Super Bowl XLII New England Patriots Won 17–14
2011 NFC Championship San Francisco 49ers Won 20–17 (OT)
2011 Super Bowl XLVI New England Patriots Won 21–17

 

Note: Prior to 1933, there was no official NFL Championship Game. The team with the best record was named champion by the league. The Giants were NFL champions in 1927.

 
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