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The New York Giants are an American football professional team situated in the New York metropolitan region. The Giants are a member of the National Football Conference’s (NFC) East division in the National Football League (NFL). The team’s home games are held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, 5 miles (8 kilometers) west of New York City (shared with the New York Jets). The Giants host their summer training camp at the Meadowlands Sports Complex’s Quest Diagnostics Training Center.
The Giants were one of five clubs to enter the NFL in 1925, and they are the only one of those five teams still in existence, as well as the league’s oldest franchise in the Northeast. With eight NFL championship titles, the team ranks third among all NFL franchises, with four in the pre”Super Bowl era (1927, 1934, 1938, 1956) and four since the Super Bowl’s inception (XXI (1986), XXV (1990), XLII (2007), and XLVI (2011)), as well as more championship appearances than any other team (19 overall). Only the Green Bay Packers (13) and the Chicago Bears (11) have more championships (9). The Giants have had 29 Hall of Famers in their history, including NFL MVP award winners Mel Hein, Frank Gifford, Y. A. Tittle, and Lawrence Taylor.
The football team was founded in 1929 as the “New York National League Football Company, Inc.” and changed to “New York Football Giants, Inc.” in 1937 to separate themselves from the professional baseball team of the same name. While the baseball team relocated to San Francisco following the 1957 season, the football team retains the legal name “New York Football Giants, Inc.” and is frequently referred to as the “New York Football Giants” by fans and sportscasters. The squad has also earned various nicknames, including “Big Blue,” “G-Men,” and the “Jints,” a deliberately garbled contraction that was popular in the New York Post and New York Daily News while the baseball team was situated in New York. Furthermore, the club is sometimes referred to as the “Big Blue Wrecking Crew,” despite the fact that this term was initially applied to the Giants’ defensive unit in the 1980s and early 1990s.
The team’s fierce rivalry with the Philadelphia Eagles, which dates back to 1933, is the oldest of the NFC East rivals and has been dubbed the finest rivalry in the NFL in the twenty-first century.
On October 4, 1925, the Giants played their first road game against All New Britain in New Britain, Connecticut. In front of a crowd of 10,000, they beat New Britain 26″0. With an 8″4 record in their debut season, the Giants were a triumph.
The squad won the NFL title in its third season, finishing with the best record in the league at 11″1″1. After a dismal fourth season (1928), owner Mara purchased the entire Detroit Wolverines roster, mostly to obtain star quarterback Benny Friedman, and united the two teams under the Giants moniker.
Many people questioned the professional game’s quality in 1930, arguing that college “amateurs” played with more vigor than professionals. The Giants faced a squad of Notre Dame All-Stars at the Polo Grounds in December 1930 to raise money for New York City’s jobless. It was also an opportunity to demonstrate the pro game’s competence and status. Knute Rockne reunited his Four Horsemen, along with his 1924 Championship team’s talents, and urged them to score first, then defend. Rockne, like the majority of the people, dismissed professional football and predicted an easy victory. Friedman rushed for two Giant scores and Hap Moran passed for another, but it was a one-way game from the start. Notre Dame was unable to score a goal. Coach Rockne informed his players once it was all done, “That was the most incredible football machine I’ve ever seen. I’m thankful none of you were injured.” The game collected $100,000 for the homeless and is credited with proving the professional game’s authenticity for those who were skeptical. It was also the famous Rockne’s final game as a coach; he died in an aircraft tragedy on March 31, 1931.