New York Giants Draft History – Pt. 2: The George Young Years (1979-98)


Published: April 21, 2009


... one of the league's flagship franchises, needed some outside guidance to become competitive again, decided to lend a hand.

Rozelle mediated a truce between the two owners of the Giants, Wellington Mara and his nephew, Tim. The outcome was that they would hire George Young to run their football operations. Young was seasoned front office man who held many positions with the Baltimore Colts and the Miami Dolphins.

He had the demeanor of a college dean and perhaps the best eye for talent in the business.

Young took the reins in 1979, hired a no-nonsense coach in former Colts player and Patriots' offensive coordinator Ray Perkins. Perkins assembled a talented staff that included Bill Parcells and a young Bill Belichick.

The Giants went 6-10 in 1979, but the structure and the outlook of the club changed dramatically. You could smell something good was about to happen, and it did.

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