John Tuggle was anything but irrelevant to legendary coach Bill Parcells.
As the last pick in the 1983 NFL Draft, the running back out of California became that year’s Mr. Irrelevant and began his NFL journey alongside Parcells, who had just taken over as head coach of the New York Giants.
Captured in ESPN’s latest short film “The Irrelevant Giant,” the two embarked on something much greater when Tuggle was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer, which would eventually cause his death in August of 1986 at the age of 25.
Tuggle left a lasting impression on the coach as the Giants went on to win the first Super Bowl in franchise history the following season, wearing the number 38 on their helmets along the way to honor their fallen teammate.
“For all the players that I’ve ever coached in my lifetime, there have been a few – John being among them – that had some attributes that you couldn’t see,” recalled Parcells, who was recently voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, in the documentary. “You had to gain an understanding of this guy’s determination, his will, those kinds of things. Just walking around you don’t gain an appreciation for anything like that. It has to be gained under duress, during times of pain, during times where we all have to go to those dark places and respond.”
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Here is a sampling of Giants records set and milestones reached in 2012:
» TOM COUGHLIN (83) surpassed BILL PARCELLS (77) for the second-most regular season wins in Giants history among head coaches, trailing only Pro Football Hall of Famer STEVE OWEN (153).
» QB ELI MANNING (211) became the Giants’ all-time leader in touchdown passes (PHIL SIMMS, 199). Manning threw 26 TD passes in 2012, his fourth season with at least 25. He is the only Giants QB to reach 25 touchdown passes in at least three seasons.
» WR VICTOR CRUZ collected 86 receptions for 1,092 yards with 10 touchdowns. Cruz is the first player in club annals to post at least 80 receptions, 1,000 receiving yards and 10 TD catches in a season.
» Rookie RB-KR DAVID WILSON set a single-game franchise record with 327 all purpose yards in Week 14. Wilson became the first player in NFL history with at least 200 kickoff return yards and 100 rushing yards in the same game.
» S STEVIE BROWN amassed an NFL-best 307 interception-return yards, a Giants franchise record. His eight interceptions tied for the second-most in the league.
» Cruz caught a game-winning 77-yard touchdown pass from Manning in Week 7, the longest game-winning touchdown in the final two minutes of a game in franchise history.
» Gained 604 yards of total offense in Week 2, the second-most in team history (609, 12/3/1950).
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If you watched Thursday Night Football, you may have noticed the Pro Football Hall of Fame patches that the Broncos and Raiders were wearing. The Giants and the rest of the NFL will be wearing the same ones for the next two weeks, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the Hall, which opened on September 7, 1963 in Canton, Ohio.
All clubs with home games during Weeks 14 and 15 will also feature in-stadium banners, while there will be moments during broadcasts recognizing and honoring Hall of Famers who are present at the game.
“We are pleased to celebrate the great men who built this game as well as 50 years of the Hall where they are enshrined and honored,” NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said earlier this week. “The Pro Football Hall of Fame preserves the history of our game and is an important resource for educating generations of fans.”
Speaking of Canton, three Giants greats are up for enshrinement in the 2013 class: defensive end Michael Strahan, coach Bill Parcells and the late general manager George Young.
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With Tom Coughlin one victory away from tying Bill Parcells at No. 2 on the Giants’ all-time regular season wins list as a head coach, Giants.com takes look at the top 10 winningest coaches in franchise history.
1) Steve Owen (1930-53) 153-100-17 .598
2) Bill Parcells (1983-90) 77-49-1 .610
3) Tom Coughlin (2004-Present) 76-55-0 .580
4) Jim Fassel (1997-03) 58-53-1 .522
5) Allie Sherman (1961-68) 57-51-4 .527
6) Jim Lee Howell (1954-60) 53-27-4 .655
7) Dan Reeves (1993-96) 31-33-0 .484
8) Alex Webster (1969-73) 29-40-1 .421
9) LeRoy Andrews* (1929-30) 24-5-1 .817
10) Ray Perkins (1979-82) 23-34-0 .404
*Andrews was replaced by Benny Friedman and Owen after 15 games in 1930.
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If you’ve ever seen or heard a Tom Coughlin press conference, you know he doesn’t reveal much. That’s why A Football Life is must-see TV this week as the Emmy-nominated series profiles the Giants’ two-time Super Bowl champion head coach. The Coughlin episode premiers on Wednesday, September 26 at 8 PM ET on NFL Network.
While the one-hour show does chronicle Coughlin’s football career, it also captures a rare glimpse of his off-field life, highlighting his wife, Judy, and his devotion to his charity, The Jay Fund.
Aside from Coughlin’s, here is a list of some of the voices included in the episode:
Kate Snee – Tom’s daughter
Bill Parcells – Former New York Giants head coach
Michael Strahan – Former New York Giants defensive end
Jim Boeheim – Syracuse University men’s basketball coach
Larry Csonka – Hall of Fame running back
Fred Taylor – Former Jacksonville Jaguars running back
Ernie Accorsi – Former New York Giants general manager
Doug Flutie – Played for Tom Coughlin at Boston College, 1981-83
Following are select quotes from Tom Coughlin: A Football Life:
- “When people are sick or in need, that’s when his emotions, his faith, his strength shows the most.” – Judy Coughlin
- “I’ve gone from a guy who wouldn’t play for him for one year, to a guy who wouldn’t play for anybody else if I had to go back and play football. He wants to win. That’s his bottom line, and he’s had to change his methods to get there. I’m glad he changed it, that we were able to get to the mountaintop with him.” – Michael Strahan
- “When you win in New York, it’s something special and the people never forget you.” – Bill Parcells
- “At Syracuse, he kept notes on everything. [He is the] first person I ever saw in athletics that kept notes on everything. A few years later after I left Tommy’s presence, I met a guy that was just like that. His name was [Don] Shula.” – Larry Csonka
- “I could be rude [with the media]. I could pull some of the [Bill] Parcells stuff, but I couldn’t get away with it. I wasn’t Parcells. They make light of it, but they’re not making light of it with me.” – Tom Coughlin on his relationship with the New York media early in his Giants head coaching tenure
- “When John Madden calls you, it brings it right to mind again that that’s really what football is: it’s sport. What is sport all about? We’re trying to win. That’s what this league is about, is competitive greatness and always putting your best foot forward.” – Coughlin
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