Accorsi is credited with one Super Bowl appearance.
It's a tough job when you have to follow a legend. One has to either emerge from an enormous shadow or stumble in its darkness. That was the challenge Ernie Accorsi faced when he took the reins of the Giants organization from George Young.
Accorsi was up for it. He began with smart front-office moves, solid drafts and free-agent acquisitions. After adding quarterback Kerry Collins, the Giants offense finally had firepower to equal their ferocious defense.
This combination led to an appearance in the Super Bowl against the Baltimore Ravens. Afterward, Accorsi continued to field a playoff-contending team mostly every year until 2003 when the Giants went 4-12 and lost their final eight games, leading to the firing of coach Jim Fassel.
Accorsi hired Tom Coughlin to replace Fassel and drafted Philip Rivers with the first pick of the 2004 draft. Then, Accorsi traded Rivers and multiple draft picks to the Chargers for Eli Manning.
It was a four-for-one trade that many fans and media members dismissed as being lopsided in the Chargers' favor. But, in the end, the only player in the deal with a Super Bowl ring is Manning, and he has two.
In addition to this, Accorsi was responsible for drafting such players as Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs, Dave Diehl, David Tyree, Mathais Kiwanuka, Derrick Ward, Jeremy Shockey, Dhani Jones, Ron Dayne, Ron Dixon and Luke Petitgout.
While his tenure on paper only netted the team one Super Bowl berth in four playoff appearances, it had a profound impact on not just the history of the franchise but the current state of the team as well.
What another legend left behind, Accorsi made legendary.