1956 was a banner year for the New York Giants as they won the NFL Championship against the Chicago Bears. The head coach was Jim Lee Howell who had two coordinators with the last names of Lombardi and Laundry. The main offensive weapon was Frank Gifford and the quarterback was Charlie Conerly. For three decades Conerly was the last quarterback to guide the Giants to an NFL championship
After appearing in the 1963 NFL championship the G-men were anything but giants as they fell to the bottom of the NFL. Contributing to the dysfunction was co- owners Wellington Mara and Tim Mara having a toxic relationship that affected the team’s ability to build a contender. It reached a point where then NFL commissioner Pete Rozelle intervened and recommended a hiring of a general-manager. The person who was hired to fill that position became a 5-time NFL executive of the year and his name was George Young
In 1979 George Young was named Giants General Manager and he began his era by making the unpopular choice at the time by drafting Phil Simms from small Morehead State. Even though Simms was a first round draft pick Simms still had to compete for time at the quarterback spot. Simms did not play in the 1982 NFL season and was supplanted by Scott Brunner at quarterback in 1983 yet Big Blue was awful in 1983 as they went 3-12-1 and Brunner was let go after the 1983 season. Bill Parcells placed his faith in Phil Simms and Simms rewarded Parcells by hoisting the first Lombardi Trophy for the New York Giants.
What occurred at the Rose Bowl on that January day was the closest to perfection any NFL quarterback has performed in a Super Bowl. Out of 25 passing attempts Simm’s converted on 22 for an 88% completion percentage. On that day the once maligned draft pick from a small Kentucky school had three touchdown passes to Zeke Mowatt, Mark Bavaro, and due to quick reaction Phil McConkey had a touchdown catch by grabbing the ball in the end zone that bounced off of Bavaro.
As the clock ran down in Super Bowl XXI very little was in doubt as the Giants had a 39-20 lead and Simms would be named Super Bowl MVP. The man who some thought was there only to manage the game and let the star studded defense lead the way to a championship dominated the Giants biggest game in over 20 years. While Simms career does have certain blemishes he still is the model for perfection when it comes to playing in the Super Bowl.