Writing About the New York Giants? Here Are 10 Things You Should Know

Pro Football NYCSenior Writer IMay 28, 2009

TAMPA, FL - JANUARY 28:  Phil Simms presents the 'FedEx Air & Ground NFL Players of the Year' awards during a press conference at the Convention Center on January 28, 2009 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

10. Phil Simms is one of two players from Morehead State to play in the NFL. The other? TE Gary Shirk, who also played for the Giants in the '70s and '80s.

9. Lawrence Taylor originally wore No. 98. That was his college number. He changed to No. 56 because his favorite player was Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson—a flamboyant Dallas Cowboys LB.

8. When the Giants move to the New Meadowlands next season, it will be the sixth dwelling that they will have called home. The other five: Polo Grounds (1925-55), Yankee Stadium (1956-73), Yale Bowl (1974), Shea Stadium (1975), and Giants Stadium (1976-present).

7. When the Giants retired Ray Flaherty's No. 1 in 1935, they were the first professional sports franchise to retire a player's number.

Since then, they have retired 10 more numbers: Tuffy Leemans (4), Mel Hein (7), Phil Simms (11), Y.A. Tittle (14), Frank Gifford (16), Al Blozis (32), Joe Morrison (40), Charley Connerly (42), Ken Strong (50), and Lawrence Taylor (56).

6. When the Giants won Super Bowl XXI in 1987, it was their first NFL Championship in 30 years. The club has won seven NFL titles in its 84-year existence: 1927, 1934, 1938, 1956, and three Super Bowls (XXI, XXV, XLII).

5. Since the NFL-AFL merger in 1970, the Giants have never sent a wide receiver to the Pro Bowl. (David Tyree made the Pro Bowl in 2005, but as a special teamer, not a WR).

4. The Giants' career leader in rushing yards is Tiki Barber with 10,449. Amani Toomer is the team's all-time leader in receptions (668) and yards (9,497).

3. TE coach Mike Pope is the only player or coach to be a part of all four of the Giants' Super Bowl appearances.

2. Throughout the course of their history, the Giants have compiled winning records against the Eagles (80-68-2) and Redskins (87-61-4), but have only a .396 winning percentage vs. the Cowboys (36-55-2).

1. Eli Manning is the third Giant to take his No. 10 to the Pro Bowl. Fran Tarkenton and Brad Van Pelt were the others.

Now you can resume writing.