The New York Football Giants are one of, if not, the most storied franchises in the NFL. The Giants were founded by a bookmaker named Tim Mara in 1925 for a $500 licensing fee, and the rest as they say is history.
The Giants are not just one of the longest tenured NFL franchises but one of the most successful, with seven championship wins, including three Super Bowls and many other championship game appearances which resulted in losses.
The Giants are also a unique team in that one family has been identified as the owners of the team—the Mara family. First Tim ran the team, then his son Wellington did and now his son John does. Only the Bengals and Steelers can make similar claims.
And the impact of the team goes beyond players and championships. Previous owner Wellington Mara was the first owner to promote the concept of revenue sharing to ensure the stability of the league. Think about that, the franchise in the biggest city volunteers to share revenue.
Think Bob McNair, owner of the Houston Texans, is willing to do that now? Nope.
Wellington's impact on the game of football was so important that the football itself is now named the "Duke Ball" in Wellington's honor.
So it should be no wonder that those who were lucky enough to play for the Giants considered themselves lucky to do so.
So it should come as no shock that the traditions instilled by Giant players present and past is rich and thick, from Mel Hein to Harry Carson to Eli Manning. The Giants have always seemed to have fantastic defenses led by voracious front sevens, efficient intelligent quarterbacks and clever offensive lineman who overachieve.
The list will start at 50 and go to one with one special bonus slide. The closer to the No. 1 player I get, the more detailed each slide will get.
Enjoy, and I hope I didn't forget anyone!