Bronco Buster: How I Became a New York Giants Fan

Jeff O'ConnorContributor IMay 29, 2009

13 Dec 1998: Quarterback Kent Graham #10 of the New York Giants celebrates during the game against the Denver Broncos at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Broncos 21-16.

Another season of Giants football was coming and going without any real excitement.  Going into Week 15, the Giants were 5-8 and had no shot at making the playoffs.  Meanwhile, the 13-0 Denver Broncos were coming into town. 

A cold day in December at the Meadowlands, the Giants were playing for pride.  I remember sitting down with my dad and watching the game.  The quarterback was Kent Graham.  The running back was Gary Brown.  The left tackle was Roman Oben. 

I was still a 49ers supporter at this point, but was starting to turn towards the hometown team because of the love my dad had for them.  I still recall a few kids in school who were front running Broncos fans, talking trash to some Giants fans in my school.  I really wanted the Giants to win and stick it to them.

The Giants played a spirited game, Graham battling back and forth with the legendary John Elway.  With the game on the line and the Giants trailing, Graham led a tremendous comeback. 

The Giants drove in the final minute and Graham unloaded a long pass towards Amani Toomer in the back of the end zone.  Toomer caught it and got both feet in, falling down alongside the Denver corner.

My dad and I both got up screaming and yelling.  Then the back judge waved his arms incomplete.  We both continued our screaming, this time in an angry fashion because he clearly got his feet in. 

Then the referee came in and overturned his call, signaling a catch.  We reverted our screams back to happiness as I jumped into my father's arms.  I'll never forget that moment.

The 1998 New York Giants comeback vs. the undefeated Denver Broncos made me the diehard Giants fan I am today.