History and League Success
The franchise was founded in New York City in 1925, and of the five teams joining the league that year they are the only one still in business. In order to distinguish themselves from the similarly named baseball team the team adopted the legal corporate name "New York Football Giants Inc."; fans and sportscasters have taken to calling the team the "New York Football Giants" even though the baseball team left New York for San Francisco in 1957.
The team moved to their current location in 1976. In 1984 the New York Jets (the NFL's AFC team in New York) would move there and share the stadium, which until 2020 (when the recently-relocated Los Angeles Chargers and Los Angeles Rams built a new stadium for their teams) was the only stadium-sharing arrangement in the NFL.
The Giants have won four Super Bowls: 1986, 1990, 2007, and 2011; the latter two were upset wins over the heavily favored New England Patriots. They have also won four NFL championships prior to the AFL-NFL merger: 1927, 1934, 1938, and 1956. Their loss to the then Baltimore Colts in the 1958 NFL title game (the first title game to be decided in sudden death overtime) is considered "The Greatest Game Ever Played", was broadcast to over 45 million viewers (but was ironically blacked out in the New York City market), and is considered the beginning of football's ascendancy as the top spectator sport.
NFC East Rivals
- Jackson, Kenneth, ed. The Encyclopedia of New York City (1995), excerpt and text search