Phil Simms

Phillip Martin Simms (born November 3, 1954) is a former American football quarterback who spent his entire 15-year professional career playing for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). He is currently a television sportscaster for the CBS network. After playing college football at Morehead State University, Simms was drafted in the first round by the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL) with the number seven selection overall in the 1979 NFL Draft. Simms was named Most Valuable Player (MVP) of Super Bowl XXI, after he led the Giants to a 39–20 victory over the Denver Broncos and set the record for highest completion percentage in a Super Bowl, completing 22 of 25 passes (88%).[1] He also was named to the Pro Bowl for his performances in the 1985 and 1993 seasons.

He finished his career with 33,462 passing yards and has since gone on to be a career broadcaster of NFL games—first as an analyst for ESPN, then as a in-game color commentator with NBC, and currently with CBS. He is the father of former NFL quarterback, assistant coach, and current college football analyst Chris Simms, as well as AAF quarterback Matt Simms.

Phil Simms
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Simms in 2019
No. 11
Position:Quarterback
Personal information
Born:November 3, 1954 (age 64)
Springfield, Kentucky
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:216 lb (98 kg)
Career information
High school:Louisville (KY) Southern
College:Morehead State
NFL Draft:1979 / Round: 1 / Pick: 7
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Pass attempts:4,647
Pass completions:2,576
Percentage:55.4
TDINT:199–157
Passing yards:33,462
Passer rating:78.5
Player stats at NFL.com

Early life and rookie season

Simms was born in Springfield, Kentucky, on his grandfather's farm, a place now called Maple Hill Manor in Washington County, where he attended St. Dominic's Elementary. While in elementary school, his family moved to Louisville and he went to St. Rita Catholic grade school. Simms was the quarterback of the Trojans of Southern High School in Louisville and graduated in 1974.

College career

He chose to attend Division II Morehead State of the Ohio Valley Conference in nearby Morehead, where he joined the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

The Morehead State Eagles ran a ball-control offense,[2] and Simms' numbers were unspectacular—in his senior season he completed 92 of 173 passes for a 53.2% completion percentage and had six touchdown passes, 11 interceptions, and 1,229 yards.[2] The Ohio Valley moved up to the new Division I-AA in 1978, but the Eagles went 2–6–1; they failed to make the postseason during his college career.[2] Simms finished with 409 completions in 835 attempts for a 48.9% completion percentage.[2] He also totalled 32 touchdowns, 45 interceptions, and a school-record 5,545 yards.[2]

NFL Career

NFL Draft

Before the 1979 NFL Draft, new San Francisco 49ers head coach Bill Walsh flew to Morehead State with assistant coach Sam Wyche to work out Simms.[3] Walsh was so impressed that he planned to draft Simms in the third round, preferring him over the quarterback they ultimately took, Joe Montana of Notre Dame.[4] But the New York Giants decided to make Simms their first round pick (seventh overall) to the surprise of many.[5] As Simms acknowledged, "most people have never heard of me."[5] When Simms's name was announced by Commissioner Pete Rozelle in front of the audience at the draft in New York, his selection was booed loudly by the Giants fans in attendance.[6][7] (He was the second quarterback taken; Jack Thompson of Washington State went to Cincinnati with the third overall pick.) Simms was not happy being a Giant either, "All I was thinking was which teams I would rather play for—the Green Bay Packers, the Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego, San Francisco..."[8] Nonetheless, he became popular with his teammates who jokingly dubbed him "Prince Valiant" in his rookie training camp.[9]

Rookie year

Simms won his first five starts of his rookie year in 1979;[10] he was 6–4 as a starter, threw for 1,743 yards and 13 touchdown passes, and was named to the NFL All-Rookie Team.[11] He was runner-up for Rookie of the Year, behind future teammate Ottis Anderson.[12]

Early career: 1980–1986

Simms' next four years were marred by injuries and inconsistent play. He finished the 1980 season with 15 touchdowns and 19 interceptions, while completing a subpar 48.0% of his passes for 2,321 yards.[13] In 1981, Simms threw for 2,031 yards, 11 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions on 54.4% completion percentage[13] before suffering a separated shoulder in a November 15 loss to the Washington Redskins.[14] With Simms out, the Giants went on a run led by Scott Brunner and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Simms suffered a torn knee ligament in a preseason game against the New York Jets, preventing him from playing the entire 1982 season.[15] Following the season, Ray Perkins resigned as head coach to take over the same position at the University of Alabama, and was replaced by the team's defensive coordinator Bill Parcells. In the coming years this change would prove crucial to the Giants and Simms.

One of Parcells first decisions as coach was to replace Simms as the starting quarterback with Brunner.[16] Simms asked to be traded after the benching, but his request was ignored.[17] During the sixth game of the Giants' 1983 Season, Simms came in to replace the struggling Brunner against the Philadelphia Eagles. On his second drive, Simms suffered a season-ending injury when the thumb on his throwing hand hit a player's helmet on his follow-through. The injury was reported as a dislocation, but according to the book, Simms to McConkey, written by Phil McConkey, Simms, and Dick Schaap, the injury was much more severe, with the thumb literally hanging off after impact, and the bone sticking out through the skin.[18]

During his first few years on the team, Giants fans were merciless in their treatment of Simms, who they felt was a disappointment. He commented that his wife "had to sit up in the stands and listen to them cuss me."[17] However, in 1984, after many seasons plagued by injuries and up-and-down play, Simms finally emerged as a team offensive leader. During his 1983 injury, offensive coordinator Ron Erhardt talked Simms into watching more game film, something he had not regularly done in college or the pros. He gained a better understanding of NFL defenses, his team's formations, and pass protection schemes, and improved his ability to audible at the line of scrimmage. He also changed his strength training regimen in an attempt to make his body more resistant to injury.[19] He passed for 4,044 yards (second most in the National Football Conference (NFC), 22 touchdown passes, and led the Giants to a playoff berth.[20]

He was voted to the Pro Bowl and named Pro Bowl MVP[13] as he led the NFC to a comeback win over the American Football Conference (AFC) by throwing three touchdowns. In 1985, he passed for 3,829 yards, 22 touchdowns,[13] and led the Giants to 10 victories, the most for a Giants team since 1963.[21] In a game against the Cincinnati Bengals during the 1985 season, Simms passed for 513 yards—the fifth most passing yards in a single game in NFL history.[22] In 1986, he passed for 3,487 yards and 21 touchdown passes during a season in which the Giants won 14 games. In week 11, he completed a desperate fourth-and-17 pass to Bobby Johnson late in the game to set up Raul Allegre's game-winning field goal, which gave the Giants a 22–20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.[23] Simms later commented:[24]

It's my favorite game in my career, because it's everything I always wanted to be as a player. I wanted to be tough, making big throws, immune to pressure, not worried about outcomes. It was truly like standing on the tee box in golf and there's trees on each side and water and you just go 'Man, I'm gonna rip it down the middle.' And no other thought crosses your mind.

On January 25, 1987, the Giants met the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. In the biggest game of his life, Simms had one of the finest performances in Super Bowl history.[25] He completed 22 of 25 passes for 268 yards, setting Super Bowl records for consecutive completions (10),[26] accuracy (88%),[26] and passer rating (150.9).[27] In addition, he threw 3 touchdown passes and his passer rating set an NFL postseason record.[27] "This might be the best game a quarterback has ever played", Giants coach Bill Parcells later said.[28] Two of the most famous plays from the game were the flea flicker to McConkey, and the touchdown pass caught by McConkey off of the fingertips of Giants tight end, Mark Bavaro.[29] The Giants defeated the Broncos 39-20, and Simms was named MVP of Super Bowl XXI. He is credited for being the first to use the phrase "I'm going to Disney World!" following a championship victory.

Later career: 1987–1993

Simms performed well in the strike-shortened 1987 NFL season, finishing with the second highest quarterback rating in the NFC.[30] He threw for 2,230 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions.[13] He passed for 3,359 yard, 21 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions while completing 54.9% of his passes in the 1988 season.[13] The Giants rebounded from a 6–9 record in 1987 to finish 10–6[21] but fell just short of the playoffs due to the NFL tie-breaker system. In 1989, the Giants started 8–1 and finished 12–4, Simms passed for 3,061 yards, 14 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions on 56.3% completion percentage.[13] He performed consistently most of the season except for a two-game stretch against the Eagles and 49ers where he produced seven turnovers, six of which resulted in points for the opposition.[31] He also struggled in the Giants playoff game against the Los Angeles Rams, and the Giants lost 19–13. In 1990, Simms was having one of his finest seasons, leading the NFC with the highest quarterback rating (92.7)[32] and the Giants to an 11–3 record. But his season was cut short due to a broken foot suffered in the fifteenth game against the Giants' eventual Super Bowl XXV opponent, the Buffalo Bills. The Giants went on to defeat the Bills 20–19 in the Super Bowl with Jeff Hostetler filling in at quarterback.

After the Giants' Super Bowl victory, Parcells resigned and was replaced by the team's running backs coach Ray Handley.[33] One of Handley's first decisions was to select Jeff Hostetler as the team's starting quarterback following his performance in Super Bowl XXV.[33] Simms saw only spot action in two games prior to Week 13, when Hostetler broke his back in a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Simms finished the game and reclaimed the starting job, but won only once in his remaining four starts as the Giants failed to return to the playoffs at 8-8.

Simms was named starter for the 1992 season after beating out Hostetler for the job in preseason. Simms suffered a severe arm injury in a Week 4 loss to the Los Angeles Raiders and missed the remainder of the season. Between the 1991 and 1992 seasons, he amassed a combined 1,905 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 7 interceptions while completing 59.3% of his passes.[13] The Giants finished the 1992 season at 6-10, which led to Handley's firing and the hiring of former Denver Broncos coach Dan Reeves. As part of an overall house cleaning, Reeves released Hostetler and named Simms his starting quarterback.[34] He started all 16 games in 1993, being one of only seven quarterbacks to do so, and led the Giants to a resurgent 11–5 season including a victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the playoffs.[35] He underwent shoulder surgery after the 1993 NFL Season to repair a torn labrum. The surgery was successful, and team doctor Russell F. Warren's prognosis for recovery was excellent, and Simms was expected to be ready in time for training camp.[36] However, later during that offseason, Simms was released by the Giants, and subsequently decided to retire. Upon his release, co-owner Wellington Mara called it "a day of overwhelming sadness.".[37]

Simms considered playing for the Browns in 1995, but eventually decided to stay retired.[38]

In his 14 seasons with the Giants, Simms completed 2,576 out of 4,647 passes for 33,462 yards and 199 touchdowns.[13] His career passing yardage total ranks him at thirty first in NFL history.[39] He added 349 carries for 1,252 rushing yards and 6 touchdowns on the ground.[13] He set team records for most passes completed and attempted in one game (40 and 62, respectively), season (286, 533) and career (2,576, 4,647), most career touchdown passes (199) and most 300-yard games in a career (21).[40] Simms still owns some of the New York Giants passing records, although Eli Manning, who is in his thirteenth year with the Giants as of the 2016 season, has started to surpass some of them: season passes (359 completed, 589 attempted), career completed passes (2,679), career touchdowns (216), career 300-yard games (26).[41] Sports Illustrated considered Simms to be the "Most Underrated Quarterback" in NFL history in their August 27, 2001 issue entitled, "The Most Overrated and Underrated".[4]

NFL statistics

Year Team GP Att Com Pct Yds TD Int Rate
1979 NYG 12 265 134 50.6 1743 13 14 66.0
1980 NYG 13 402 193 48.0 2321 15 19 58.9
1981 NYG 10 316 172 54.4 2031 11 9 74.0
1983 NYG 2 13 7 53.8 130 0 1 56.6
1984 NYG 16 533 286 53.7 4044 22 18 78.1
1985 NYG 16 495 275 55.6 3829 22 20 78.6
1986 NYG 16 468 259 55.3 3487 21 22 74.6
1987 NYG 9 282 163 57.8 2230 17 9 90.0
1988 NYG 15 479 253 54.9 3359 21 11 82.1
1989 NYG 15 405 228 56.3 3061 14 14 77.6
1990 NYG 14 311 184 59.2 2284 15 4 92.7
1991 NYG 6 141 82 58.3 993 8 4 87.0
1992 NYG 4 137 83 60.6 812 5 3 83.3
1993 NYG 16 400 247 61.8 3038 15 9 88.3
Career Totals NYG 164 4647 2576 55.4 33462 199 157 78.5

Giants Franchise records

As of 2017's NFL off-season, Simms still held at least 13 Giants franchise records, including:[42]

  • Most Passing Yards (game): 513 (1985-10-13 @CIN)
  • Most Passing Yards (game, as a rookie): 300 (1979-10-14 SFO)
  • Most Intercepted (rookie season): 14 (1979; tied with Joe Pisarcik)
  • Best Passer Rating (playoff season): 131.8 (1986)
  • Best Passer Rating (playoff game): 150.9 (1987-01-25 DEN)
  • Most Sacked (career): 477
  • Most Sacked (season): 55 (1984)
  • Most Sacked (game): 9 (1981-11-01 NYJ)
  • Most Sacked (playoff game): 6 (1984-12-29 @SFO and 1986-01-05 @CHI; tied with Eli Manning)
  • Most Sacked (rookie season): 39 (1979)
  • Most Yds/Pass Att (game): 13.63 (1984-09-02 PHI)
  • Most Yds/Pass Att (playoff game): 10.72 (1987-01-25 DEN)
  • Most 300+ yard passing games (rookie season): 1

Post NFL career

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Simms (center) during a CBS broadcast in 2019

On September 4, 1995, Simms' jersey was retired in a halftime ceremony of a game versus the Dallas Cowboys. During an emotional speech, Simms stated that he wanted to don his jersey one final time, and throw "one more pass" to teammate Lawrence Taylor.[43] Simms later commented, "[a]ll of a sudden it kind of hit me, I've put Lawrence in a really tough spot; national TV, he's got dress shoes and a sports jacket on, and he's had a few beers and he's going to run down the field and I'm going to throw him a pass."[44] Simms then motioned for Taylor to run a longer pattern, and after 30–40 yards, threw him the pass. Taylor later stated that the situation made him more nervous than any play of his career, "I'm saying to myself (as the pass is being thrown), 'If I drop this pass, I got to run my black ass all the way to Upper Saddle River because there ain't no way I'm going to be able to stay in that stadium'."[44] Taylor caught the pass however, and the capacity crowd in attendance cheered in approval.[45] Since he has been retired for more than five years, Simms is eligible for selection into the Pro Football Hall of Fame; he has yet to be inducted, however.

After his retirement as a player in 1994, Simms first joined ESPN then went on to join NBC's lead broadcast crew, teaming with Dick Enberg and Paul Maguire on that network's coverage of Super Bowl XXX and Super Bowl XXXII. Simms also announced Weightlifting at the 1996 Summer Olympics and served as a sideline reporter on the NBA on NBC for NBC Sports.[46] In 1998, he moved to CBS with the AFC package, teaming first with Greg Gumbel (through the end of the 2003 season) and later with Jim Nantz on the CBS's lead broadcast team. He also worked with Armen Keteyian, Bonnie Bernstein and Lesley Visser. He hosts Inside the NFL on Showtime (another CBS holding) with James Brown and Cris Collinsworth. He has appeared on CBS Daytime since joining CBS, with a 2007 appearance as himself on the CBS soap opera As the World Turns, and in February 2010 an appearance on The Price Is Right (with Nantz) to present a Super Bowl XLIV showcase. In the same month, he appeared as himself (again with Nantz) on the How I Met Your Mother episode "Rabbit or Duck". Simms is part of the commentary team, along with his broadcast partner Jim Nantz, in the Madden NFL 13, 25, 15, and 16 video games.

As of the 2015–16 NFL season, Simms has been a commentator for the CBS and NFL Network broadcasts of Thursday Night Football. He was replaced by Tony Romo for the 2017-18 NFL season and moved to The NFL Today for that season.[47][48]

On November 13, 2014, Simms appeared uncredited on the "Just a Regular Irregular" episode of the CBS TV series Elementary. Simms' cameo was as a character named "Phillip" who had, like Simms himself, spent 15 years as a professional football player, but was a consultant to Sherlock Holmes in the art of knife throwing.[49]

Personal life

Simms and his wife, Diana, live in Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. They have three children: Chris, Deirdre and Matthew (current AAF Quarterback for the Atlanta Legends). His son-in-law is former NFL linebacker Brian Toal, who was schoolmates with Matt.[50] Simms is fond of New Jersey, remarking in 1987; "I wasn't overjoyed about coming to New York. When I thought of New York, I thought of New York City. But out here, it's just like anywhere else."[17]

Simms is a relative of former Vanderbilt quarterback Oliver "Doc" Kuhn and former Kentucky quarterback John Simms "Shipwreck" Kelly.

In 2011, Simms was inducted into the Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame.[51]

See also

References

Notes
  1. ^ Super Bowl records, nfl.com. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  2. ^ a b c d e Katz, Michael. It's Simms of Morehead State; Giants Pick Simms, A Quarterback, No.1, The New York Times, May 4, 1979, accessed May 10, 2007.
  3. ^ Simms and Meier. pp. 74–75.
  4. ^ a b King, Peter. "The Rating Game: Nfl Quarterback", Sports Illustrated, Volume 95, issue 8, August 27, 2001, p. 60. ISSN 0038-822X
  5. ^ a b Katz, Michael. Giants Defend 'Value' in Choice of Simms; Perkins Optimistic Giants Selections, The New York Times, May 5, 1979. Retrieved March 20, 2007.
  6. ^ "Ohio State linebacker goes to beef up Buffalo". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. May 4, 1979. p. 49.
  7. ^ Mooney, Roger. No team takes Phil Simms first in today's NFL, Bradenton Herald, April 22, 2007, accessed May 10, 2007.
  8. ^ Whittingham. pg. 41
  9. ^ Katz, Michael. Giants Test Simms in A Workout; Pisarcik Overweight, The New York Times, May 11, 1979. Retrieved March 20, 2007.
  10. ^ Rovell, Darren. Roethlisberger in demand, espn.com, November 4, 2004. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  11. ^ Neft, Cohen, and Korch. p. 660
  12. ^ Pervin. pg. 104
  13. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Phil Simms Archived May 27, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, databasefootball.com, accessed May 9, 2007.
  14. ^ Neft, Cohen, and Korch. pg. 724
  15. ^ Neft, Cohen, and Korch. pg. 744
  16. ^ Neft, Cohen, and Korch. pg. 766
  17. ^ a b c Pooley. pg. 29
  18. ^ McConkey, Simms, and Schaap. pg. 81
  19. ^ Pervin. pg. 105
  20. ^ 1984 New York Giants, football-reference.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  21. ^ a b New York Giants (1925 - ) Archived April 9, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, databasefootball.com, accessed May 9, 2007.
  22. ^ Weir, Tom. Palmer, Johnson have Saints singing the blues, usatoday.com, November 20, 2006. Retrieved January 3, 2007.
  23. ^ Anderson, Dave. Sports Of The Times; Phil Simms's Biggest Pass, The New York Times, November 17, 1986. Retrieved March 20, 2007.
  24. ^ Schwartz. pg. 161
  25. ^ Super Bowl MVPs Archived November 11, 2006, at the Wayback Machine, Super Bowl.com. Retrieved January 6, 2007.
  26. ^ a b Super Bowl Recaps: Super Bowl XXI Archived May 2, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, Super Bowl.com. Retrieved January 3, 2007.
  27. ^ a b THE DAILY Goes One-on-One With Super Bowl Analyst Phil Simms, sportsbusinessdaily.com, accessed May 9, 2007.
  28. ^ The List: Best Super Bowl performances, espn.com. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  29. ^ Anderson, Dave. SUPER BOWL XXI: SPORTS OF THE TIMES; Sinatra, Simms and Minelli , The New York Times, January 26, 1987, accessed May 10, 2007.
  30. ^ 1987 NFL Statistic – Passing, footballdb.com. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  31. ^ Neft, Cohen, and Korch. pg. 894
  32. ^ 1990 NFL Statistic – Passing, footballdb.com. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  33. ^ a b Neft, Cohen, and Korch. pg. 936
  34. ^ Smith, Timothy W. FOOTBALL; Giants Tell Simms That He's The Boss, The New York Times, June 16, 1993. Retrieved March 22, 2007.
  35. ^ 1993 New York Giants Archived December 28, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, databasefootball.com, accessed May 9, 2007.
  36. ^ PRO FOOTBALL; Simms's Surgery Goes Well, The New York Times, March 2, 1994. Retrieved January 1, 2007.
  37. ^ Pervin. pg. 107
  38. ^ Smith, Timothy W. (March 3, 1995). "Deal With Browns? Simms Passes, for Now". The New York Times. Retrieved September 18, 2015.
  39. ^ [1], football-reference.com. Retrieved November 18, 2010.
  40. ^ Phil SImms Archived May 6, 2007, at the Wayback Machine, NFL.com, accessed May 9, 2007.
  41. ^ New York Giants Career Passing on pro-football-reference.com Retrieved on September 23, 2013
  42. ^ See Giants Franchise Passing Records at PFR
  43. ^ MNF 36: The List Monday Night Football Special (Original Air Date: August 25, 2005), espn.com. Retrieved January 12, 2007.
  44. ^ a b NFL Films, NFL Network. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
  45. ^ George, Thomas.ON PRO FOOTBALL; The Giants' Best Play Of the Dallas Game Was Simms to L. T., The New York Times, September 5, 1995. Retrieved April 22, 2007.
  46. ^ Phil Simms Archived October 7, 2008, at the Wayback Machine, sportsline.com. Retrieved October 11, 2010.
  47. ^ "Tony Romo to replace Phil Simms in broadcast booth".
  48. ^ "Tony Romo retires from NFL, to replace Phil Simms at CBS".
  49. ^ Wood, Benjamin. "'Elementary' recap: Sherlock has friends in low places" Entertainment Weekly website (November 13, 2014)
  50. ^ "He's Not a Quarterback, but He'll Do". The New York Times. August 1, 2014.
  51. ^ "Former Eagle Star Simms Inducted Into Kentucky Pro Football Hall of Fame". Morehead State University. June 24, 2011. Retrieved January 18, 2016.
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1979 New York Giants season

The 1979 New York Giants season was the franchise's 55th season in the National Football League (NFL). The Giants had a 6–10 record in 1979 and finished in fourth place in the National Football Conference East Division.The Giants were one of three franchises, not including the Seattle Seahawks (an expansion team that began play in 1976), which did not make the playoffs during any year of the 1970s. The others were the New York Jets and New Orleans Saints.

1984 New York Giants season

The 1984 New York Giants season was the franchise's 60th season in the National Football League. With a 9–7 record, the Giants finished in a tie for second in the National Football Conference East Division and qualified for the playoffs. In the Wild Card round, New York traveled to Anaheim Stadium and defeated the Los Angeles Rams 16–13 to advance to the Divisional round. Instead of traveling across the country back to New York, the Giants spent the week in Fresno, California. They used the facilities at Fresno State to prepare for the San Francisco 49ers. However, the Giants lost to the 49ers 21–10.

1986 Pro Bowl

The 1986 Pro Bowl was the NFL's 36th annual all-star game which featured the outstanding performers from the 1985 season. The game was played on Sunday, February 2, 1986, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii before a crowd of 50,101. The final score was NFC 28, AFC 24.Don Shula of the Miami Dolphins led the AFC team against an NFC team coached by Los Angeles Rams head coach John Robinson. The referee was Bob McElwee.Phil Simms of the New York Giants was named the game's MVP. Players on the winning NFC team received $10,000 apiece while the AFC participants each took home $5,000.

1990 New York Giants season

The 1990 New York Giants season was the franchise's 66th season in the National Football League. The Giants, who play in the National Football Conference (NFC) of the National Football League (NFL), won their sixth championship and second Super Bowl. Led by linebacker Lawrence Taylor and quarterbacks Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler, the Giants posted a 13–3 record before defeating the Chicago Bears and the two-time defending Super Bowl champion San Francisco 49ers in the NFC playoffs. In Super Bowl XXV, they defeated the Buffalo Bills 20–19 in Tampa Stadium against a patriotic backdrop inspired by the recently started Gulf War. The story of the season is the subject of a recent book, When the Cheering Stops, by defensive end Leonard Marshall and CBSsports.com co-writer William Bendetson.

After making the playoffs in 1989, the Giants entered the 1990 season as a Super Bowl favorite, though most believed they stood little chance of stopping the 49ers. The Giants began the season with a 27–20 win over the Philadelphia Eagles, then won their next nine games before losing a rematch to Philadelphia 31–13 in Week 12. The Giants also lost close games to the 49ers on the road and to the Bills at home in the regular season before defeating both teams in playoff rematches. In the Week 15 game against Buffalo, starting quarterback Phil Simms was injured and ultimately lost for the season with a broken foot. He was replaced by Hostetler, who did not lose a game. The Giants' defense led the NFL in fewest points allowed (211), and the team set an NFL record by committing only 14 turnovers in the regular season. After the season, six Giants were selected to the Pro Bowl.

In 2007, ESPN.com ranked the 1990 Giants' defense as the sixth-greatest in NFL history, noting that the team "allowed only 13.2 points a game against a very tough schedule – they played against seven playoff teams during the regular season. Led by Hall of Fame outside linebacker Lawrence Taylor and First Team All-Pro inside linebacker Pepper Johnson, New York's defense also came through in the playoffs, holding the Bears to just three points in the divisional playoff game. The Giants then held a resilient 49ers offense to just two field goals and one touchdown, and set up the game-winning score by both forcing and recovering a late Roger Craig fumble involving NT Erik Howard and OLB Lawrence Taylor to win the NFC Championship Game 15–13. In Super Bowl XXV, the Giant defense held its own against the Bills' no-huddle offense while the Giants' offense executed long methodical drives that gave the Giants a time of possession advantage of 2-to-1, and New York won 20–19."

1992 New York Giants season

The 1992 New York Giants season was the franchise's 68th season in the National Football League. The Giants finished in fourth place in the National Football Conference East Division with a 6–10 record. Head coach Ray Handley was fired after this season, when the Giants finished 1–6 after starting the season 5–4.Injuries helped to mar the Giants' season, especially at quarterback. Phil Simms, once again the team's starting quarterback, suffered a season-ending elbow injury in Week 4. With Simms out the team once again turned to Jeff Hostetler, the Giants' original 1991 starter and winner of Super Bowl XXV, to take his place. Hostetler, who had his own troubles with injuries including a broken back that ended his 1991 season, soon found himself out of the lineup after suffering a concussion in Week 12. The Giants were then forced to turn to a pair of rookies, Kent Graham and Dave Brown, but Graham suffered from elbow and shoulder problems, and Brown suffered a broken right thumb. Hostetler returned for the final two games of the season, a win over the Kansas City Chiefs and a loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.Perhaps the most catastrophic injury was the torn Achilles' tendon suffered by future Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor in Week 10, as the Giants only won once more after the injury. It was the second consecutive year that an injury to Taylor ended his season prematurely (a sprained knee in Week 13 of the 1991 season forced Taylor to miss the final game of the regular season and a previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals).

1993 New York Giants season

The 1993 New York Giants season was the franchise's 69th season in the National Football League and the first under head coach Dan Reeves, who immediately released Jeff Hostetler and named Phil Simms as the team's starting quarterback. 1993 turned out to be the final season for both Simms and all-time Giants great linebacker, Lawrence Taylor. This would also turn out to be the first season of Hall-of-Famer Michael Strahan's career.

1996 Denver Broncos season

The 1996 Denver Broncos season was the franchise's 27th season in the National Football League, and the 37th overall. The Broncos finished the season with 13 wins and 3 losses, winning the AFC West and earning the top seed in the AFC Playoffs. They were defeated, however, by a score of 30–27 by the 9–7 Jacksonville Jaguars in the Divisional round. John Elway says that the Jaguars loss was probably the most embarrassing loss of his career up to that point, because they were the top seeded team in the NFL and were favored to win the Super Bowl by many.

Brian Toal

Brian P. Toal (born March 8, 1985) is a former American football linebacker. He was drafted by the Las Vegas Locomotives in the UFL Premiere Season Draft in 2009. He played college football at Boston College.

He has also been a member of the New York Jets, but not played, and was married to Phil Simms' daughter Dierdre.

Jim Nantz

James William Nantz III (born May 17, 1959) is an American sportscaster who has worked on telecasts of the National Football League (NFL), National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I men's basketball, and the PGA Tour for CBS Sports since the 1980s. He has anchored CBS' coverage of the Masters Tournament since 1989 and been the play-by-play announcer on CBS' top NFL game since 2004.

List of AFC Championship Game broadcasters

The following is a list of the television and radio networks and announcers who have broadcast the American Football Conference Championship Game throughout the years. The years listed concentrate on the season instead of the calendar year that the game took place. The forerunner to the AFC Championship Game (prior to the 1970 AFL–NFL merger) was the AFL Championship Game.

List of American Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of the television networks and announcers to have broadcast the American Bowl, which was a series of National Football League pre-season exhibition games that were held at sites outside the United States between 1986 and 2005. Out of the list, ESPN hosted the America Bowl the largest number of times, with NBC coming second.

List of NFL on CBS commentator pairings

CBS Sports began televising National Football League games in 1956. The network inherited the rights to games of most of the teams from the defunct DuMont Television Network; back then, each NFL team negotiated its own television deal. From 1956 to 1967, CBS assigned their commentating crews to one team each for the entire season. Beginning in 1968, CBS instituted a semi-merit system for their commentating crews. Following the 1993 season, there was no NFL on CBS after the network lost its half of the Sunday afternoon TV package (the National Football Conference) to the Fox Broadcasting Company. However, CBS gained the American Football Conference package from NBC beginning in 1998. The names of the play-by-play men are listed first while the color commentators are listed second; sideline reporters, when used, are listed last.

List of New York Giants starting quarterbacks

These quarterbacks have started at least one game for the New York Giants of the National Football League. They are listed in order of the date of each player's first start at quarterback for the Giants.

List of Super Bowl broadcasters

The following is a list of Super Bowl broadcasters, that is, all of the national American television and radio networks and sports announcers that have broadcast the first four AFL-NFL World Championship Games and thereafter the championship games of the National Football League. It does not include any announcers who may have appeared on local radio broadcasts produced by the participating teams.

Originally alternated between the AFL's broadcaster (then NBC) and the NFL's broadcaster (then CBS), the game is now alternated between the three main broadcast television rightsholders of the NFL—CBS, Fox and NBC. CBS has televised the most Super Bowl games, with Super Bowl LIII as its 20th.

NBC originally had broadcasting rights for the Super Bowl XXVI and CBS for the XXVII, but the NFL allowed the networks to switch the two games in order to allow CBS a significant lead-in to its coverage of the 1992 Winter Olympics. Likewise, NBC was to air the Super Bowl LV and CBS for the LVI, but they agreed to swap the broadcasting rights, therefore CBS will benefit from holding rights to the Super Bowl and the 2021 NCAA Final Four, whereas NBC will be abled to pair its Super Bowl coverage with the 2022 Winter Olympics.

Matt Simms (American football)

Matthew Phillip Simms (born September 27, 1988) is an American football quarterback for the Atlanta Legends of the Alliance of American Football (AAF). He played college football at Tennessee, before being signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 2012. Simms is the son of former New York Giants quarterback and Super Bowl XXI MVP Phil Simms and younger brother of former NFL quarterback Chris Simms.

Paul Maguire

Paul Leo Maguire (born August 22, 1938) is a former American professional football player and television sportscaster.

Stacy Robinson

Stacy Ladell Robinson (February 19, 1962 – May 8, 2012) was a professional American football wide receiver in the NFL for the New York Giants.Robinson's most notable game was in week 13 of the 1986 season, when the Giants were playing the 49ers on Monday Night Football. The Giants trailed 17-0 at halftime, but scored three touchdowns in the third quarter to win the game. Robinson caught the second touchdown, a 34-yard pass from Phil Simms, but he made an incredible grab on a 49-yard pass from Phil Simms, down to the 1-yard line, to set up the Giants' final score. He finished with 5 catches for a career-high 116 yards receiving as the Giants won 21-17. The Giants went on to win Super Bowl XXI that season over the Denver Broncos, and Robinson caught three passes for a team high 62 receiving yards in the big game.

Super Bowl XXI

Super Bowl XXI was an American football game between the American Football Conference (AFC) champion Denver Broncos and the National Football Conference (NFC) champion New York Giants to decide the National Football League (NFL) champion for the 1986 season. The Giants defeated the Broncos by the score of 39–20, winning their first ever Super Bowl, and their first NFL title since 1956. The game was played on January 25, 1987, at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California.

This was the Broncos' first Super Bowl appearance since the 1977 season. Led largely through the play of quarterback John Elway and a defense that led the AFC in fewest yards allowed, the Broncos posted an 11–5 regular season record and two narrow playoff victories. The Giants, led by quarterback Phil Simms, running back Joe Morris, and their "Big Blue Wrecking Crew" defense, advanced to their first Super Bowl after posting a 14–2 regular season record and only allowing a combined total of 3 points in their two postseason wins.

The game was tight in the first half, with the Broncos holding a 10–9 halftime lead, the narrowest margin in Super Bowl history. The only score in the second quarter, however, was Giants defensive end George Martin's sack of Elway in the end zone for a safety. This began the Giants run of scoring 26 unanswered points through the third and fourth quarters. The Giants also posted a Super Bowl record 30 points in the second half, and limited the Broncos to only 2 net yards in the third quarter. Simms, who was named the Super Bowl MVP, finished the game with 22 of 25 passes completed for 268 yards and three touchdowns. He also had 25 rushing yards on 3 carries. His 22 out of 25 (88%) completion percentage broke both a Super Bowl and NFL postseason record.

The telecast of the game on CBS was seen by an estimated 87.2 million viewers. This was one of the first times that a very large, national audience saw what is now the traditional Gatorade shower, where players dump a cooler full of liquid over a coach's head following a meaningful win. The practice was first started by Giants players in 1985 but it did not gain much national prominence until this season.

Zeke Mowatt

Ezekiel Mowatt (born March 5, 1961) is a former American football tight end in the National Football League who played for the New York Giants and the New England Patriots. He played college football at Florida State University. Mowatt caught a touchdown pass from Phil Simms in Super Bowl XXI.

In 1990, then-Boston Herald sportswriter Lisa Olson alleged she was approached and sexually harassed in a locker room by five semi-naked members of the New England Patriots football team, which included Mowatt, Michael Timpson and Robert Perryman, during a September 17 interview. Mowatt was fined $12,500 by the NFL for his alleged involvement.In 1994, Mowatt founded Mowatt Inc, a janitorial service based out of Hackensack, New Jersey with regional offices located in Pennsylvania and Maryland.

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