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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.