Football’s New York Giants

A History

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About the Book

The New York Giants returned to prominence with a Super Bowl victory in 2008, but the franchise has a long and proud history. This book focuses on six different eras of the team, from its 1925 inaugural season, through the “glory years” of the 1950s with stars Frank Gifford and Sam Huff, to its victory over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, one of the greatest upsets in football history. Players, coaches, general managers, and critical games are highlighted, along with the Mara family, which has guided the franchise since its inception. The growth of the team’s popularity mirrors the rise of the NFL as America’s most popular spectator sport.

About the Author(s)

Lawrence A. Pervin is professor emeritus of psychology at Rutgers University. Author of nine books on the subject of personality psychology, he’s a clinical psychologist, psychotherapist, and lifetime Giants fan.

Bibliographic Details

Lawrence A. Pervin
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 212
Bibliographic Info: notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2009
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4268-3
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5363-4
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Preface      1

1. In the Beginning (1925–1953)      3
2. The Glory Years (1954–1963)      20
3. “Fifteen Years of Lousy Football—We’ve Had Enough” (1964–1978)      48
4. George Young, Bill Parcells, and the March to Two Super Bowls (1979–1990)      73
5. The Times They are A-Changin’ (1991–2003)      118
6. The Coughlin-Accorsi-Manning Era and Super Bowl XLII (2004–2008)      145

Chapter Notes      193
Bibliography      199
Index      201