With a long, storied history, an incredible roster of past and present players, and a trophy collection that's the envy of the league, the New York Giants are truly something special.
The "G-Men" joined the NFL in 1925, just five years after the league was formed. Of the clubs from this era that still exist, the Giants are one of only two that have never changed names or locations. From the Great Depression to World War I and II, the early decades were a tough time for football. But while nearby teams like the Philadelphia Eagles and Pittsburgh Steelers were forced to temporarily merge due to low attendance, the Giants thrived. They reached three NFL championship games in the 1940s and spent the '50s cultivating players who would become household names in America. This included defensive back Tom Landry, who also served as the Giants' defensive coordinator until going on to earn a legendary reputation as the Dallas Cowboys' head coach.
The Giants came into their own as a great team in the ‘80s and ‘90s; they nabbed their first Super Bowl championship in 1986 and another in '90. The defensive unit of this era is widely considered one of the best of all time and has earned the nickname "Big Blue Wrecking Crew." Led by NFL MVP and future Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor, the squad was fierce and unstoppable.
It's impossible to be as successful as the Giants without stirring up some serious rivalries along the way, and of course, that just makes it more fun for the fans. The Giants' biggest rivals are their neighbors to the south, the Philadelphia Eagles. Dating back to the Eagles' inception in 1933, it's one of the oldest rivalries in professional sports and has only grown stronger over time. The New England Patriots also harbor some understandable animosity for "Big Blue." After all, they faced off with the Giants in both the 2008 and '12 Super Bowls, and both times they were defeated.
Throughout good years and bad, fans love to support their team. In 2014, the club was ranked second in the league for home game attendance. Supporters come from all over Big Blue Nation to cheer and chant "Let's Go Giants!"
There's just something in the air when it comes to Giants home games -- literally. MetLife Stadium, like the old Giants Stadium, is notorious for its incredibly windy conditions. It's located in the Meadowlands of New Jersey, an area known for having high winds, and as neither stadium was built with a roof, the gusts pour straight into the bowl. Though Giants players like quarterback Eli Manning have learned to work around the unpredictable gales, it always presents an added challenge for opponents and an extra element of excitement for fans.
Whichever way the winds are blowing, supporters will never stop cheering for their beloved "G-Men." From their impressive record, to their talented players, to their dedicated supporters, the New York Giants really have it all.