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NEW YORK GIANTS TRIVIA

1) How much did team founder Tim Mara purchase the New York Giants for in 1925?


In 1925, New York Giants founder Tim Mara purchased the franchise for a mere $500! The Giants gave professional football, then overshadowed by baseball, boxing, and even college football, an important showcase in the nation's largest city.

2) Who was the New York Giants opponent in their very first home game?


In 1925, the New York Giants played their very first home game. Their opponent, the Frankford Yellow Jackets, would make the game a painful one, defeating the Giants 14-0 in their home debut. This knocked the Giants record to 0-3, having previously lost two games on the road. They would go on to win their next seven games before splitting the final two to finish their inaugural season 8-4.

3) Who was the head coach of the New York Giants from 1930 to 1953?


Steve Owen was the New York Giants head coach from 1930 to 1953. (In addition to coaching, he also PLAYED for the Giants until 1936!) Known for his innovative gameplans, Owen created A-formation offense and the umbrella defense, as well as the two-platoon system in which different players fill offensive and defensive positions. He led the Giants to the NFL Championship Game eight times during his tenure and posted Championship victories over the Chicago Bears (1934) and the Green Bay Packers (1938). Owen retired in 1953 with a coaching record of 150-100-7 and only six losing seasons in 23 years. He was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1966.

4) What New York Giants linebacker was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1982?


New York Giants linebacker Sam Huff was inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame in 1982. Originally drafted by the Giants in the third round of the 1956 NFL Draft, Huff went on to play in five Pro Bowls and anchor a defense that helped the Giants reach the NFL Championship game six times between 1956 and 1963.

5) Who did the New York Giants take with their first-round draft choice in 2002?


The New York Giants used their 2002 first round draft choice (14th pick overall) on Tight End Jeremy Shockey. In his first season with the team, Shockey caught 74 passes for 894 yards and 2 touchdowns.

6) What team defeated the New York Giants in what has come to be known as "The Greatest Game Ever Played?"


In the 1958 NFL Championship game, the Baltimore Colts defeated the New York Giants in what has come to be called "The Greatest Game Ever Played". An overtime victory for the Colts, some sports historians consider this to be the game that launched professional football into the modern era.

7) The New York Giants retired jersey number 16 in honor of what former player?


The New York Giants retired jersey number 16 in honor of 4-time All-Pro RB/WR Frank Gifford (1952-1964) who led the Giants to 3 NFL title games before moving on to a career as a TV sportscaster.

8) What player was named MVP in the New York Giants Super Bowl XXI victory?


New York Giants quarterback Phil Simms was named MVP of Super Bowl XXI after setting Super Bowl records for most consecutive completions (10) and highest completion percentage (88%). The Giants defeated the Denver Broncos 39-20.

9) What New York Giants defensive back went on to have a Hall of Fame career as an NFL coach?


Tom Landry played defensive back for the New York Giants before going on to have a Hall of Fame career as an NFL coach. He served as an assistant coach for the Giants from 1956 to 1959 -- then in 1960 he became head coach of the newly-founded Dallas Cowboys, a position he held until 1989.

10) In 2004, what player did the New York Giants trade to the San Diego Chargers for rookie quarterback Eli Manning?


The 2004 NFL Draft was dominated by a blockbuster draft-day trade as the New York Giants drafted quarterback Philip Rivers with the #4 overall pick, then promptly traded him, along with three draft picks, to the San Diego Chargers for the #1 overall pick, quarterback Eli Manning.


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