In 1979, the Commissioner of the NFL, Alvin "Pete" Rozelle, saw that the New York Football Giants, one of the league's flagship franchises, needed some outside guidance to become competitive again and decided to lend a hand.
Rozelle mediated a truce between the two owners of the Giants, Wellington Mara and his nephew, Tim. The outcome was that they would hire George Young to run their football operations.
Young was a seasoned front office man who held many positions with the Baltimore Colts and the Miami Dolphins.
He had the demeanor of a college dean and perhaps the best eye for talent in the business.
After Young took the reins in 1979, he hired a no-nonsense coach in former Colts player and Patriots' offensive coordinator Ray Perkins.
Perkins assembled a talented staff that included Bill Parcells and a young Bill Belichick.
His first draft choice was QB Phil Simms of Moorehead State. Young would go on to draft many other star players over his 19-year tenure, including: Lawrence Taylor, Mark Bavaro, Carl Banks, Joe Morris, Jeff Hostetler, Pepper Johnson, Rodney Hampton, Michael Strahan, Amani Toomer, and Tiki Barber.
The Giants went 6-10 in 1979, but the structure and outlook of the club changed dramatically. You could smell something good was about to happen, and it did.
Under Young, the Giants went to the playoffs eight times under five coaches, won two Super Bowls, and had a record of 155-139.