Most players, coaches and fans have dreamed of winning a Super Bowl. Only a few ever get to live that dream. Fewer win it more than once. (Tom Brady is a freak of nature, so we really can't include him.) Former New York Giants' head coach Tom Coughlin is one of those few.
The annual preseason battle between the New York Giants and the New York Jets takes place on Saturday at their shared home, MetLife Stadium in New Jersey, of course. These two teams have faced off prior to the regular season every year since 1969 (with the exception of 2020). However, this season has some different expectations surrounding both squads.
It was my third year working New York Giants training camp, as part of my responsibilities as the Associate Athletic Director at the University at Albany. Back then, from the beginning of July until mid-August, the Giants' front office personnel would occupy the athletic administration offices of the Great Danes and many of us had camp responsibilities. In those days, there were two-a-day practices and about three to five thousand fans would show up each day to see head coach Tom Coughlin and his team.
In 2016, New York Giants fans were more than dreaming about Odell Beckham Jr. and Eli Manning combining to win a Super Bowl for Big Blue. The 11-6 Giants were taking on Aaron Rodgers and the 11-6 Green Bay Packers in an NFC Wild Card match-up. Then, days before the Giants first playoff game in five years, controversy struck with OBJ smack in the middle.