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  • Giants SB XXI Reunion Weekend

    This past weekend, I had the honor and privilege of joining almost every teammate and coach from the Giants 1986 Championship season. It was an event that we all looked forward to, but were surprised by the high level of emotions generated.

    My face still hurts from laughing and crying for three straight days.

    It didn't seem like 25 years since we were all together, it seemed like 25 hours. Nothing changed. The same guys getting on each other for the same stuff all these years later. The sounds of such familiar voices brought us all back to a great time in our lives.

    Looking around the room that first night amazed me. We had some great players, especially on defense: Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson, Carl Banks, Jim Burt, Leonard Marshall, Pepper Johnson, Mark Collins, and George Martin. The offense was pretty good too: Phil Simms, Mark Bavaro, Joe Morris, Maurice Carthon, OJ Anderson, an unheralded offensive line, and a tough receiving corps.

    But the consensus was that we did something great because were were a team. Yes we had Hall of Famers, All-Pros, and solid starters. But we had back ups and role players that contributed mightily to the success. Every job was important on the Giants.

    To have Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick, as well as most of the staff, participate in all of the festivities, added much to the celebration. Parcells couldn't stop smiling and his eyes welled up more than once. Someone had remarked that Belichick never looked happier, to which another observed, "I never saw him happy, period".

    There was only one person that could have pulled this off. One guy no one would say no to, Harry Carson. He was, and still is, our captain. One of the great sights of Super Bowl XXI was watching the coin toss at midfield. The Broncos had six players walk out and we had just one, Harry. It was a show of strength on our part that carried into the game.

    Harry Carson has demonstrated his concern for "his guys" countless times over the years. A wonderful example of who Harry Carson is, as a person and a leader, was demonstrated about 10 years ago when backup QB Jeff Rutledge was involved in a serious car accident in Tennessee. Upon hearing of the news, Harry jumped into his car, drove 7 hours to TN, visited Jeff in the hospital for two hours, then drove back to Jersey.

    The bonds forged a quarter century ago are as strong as ever. The care and concern we have for one another is something Parcells says he is most proud of. After our SB win, he said "that for the rest of your lives, no one can say you couldn't do it, because you did".

    Going into the weekend, I knew there would be laughs, lots of them. I knew the stories would be exaggerated by time, but I didn't expect to hear, "love ya", thrown around so freely. I guess even hardened ex players have a soft spot.

    Being with those guys, it seemed as if we could go onto the field one more time.

    The body ages, but the spirit never does.

    Comments 17 Comments
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      "I'm still pissed off at Ed Koch that we didn't have a parade.''
      -- Former Giants wide receiver and return man Phil McConkey, to the New York Post's Steve Serby at Sunday's 25th anniversary reunion for the team's Super Bowl XXI championship, remembering that New York mayor Ed Koch spurned them after the championship victory over Denver.

      True?

      I was really hoping you would write about this event after seeing PK mention it in MMQB. Sounds like a great time. Thanks for sharing, Phil.
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by brauneyz View Post
      -- Former Giants wide receiver and return man Phil McConkey, to the New York Post's Steve Serby at Sunday's 25th anniversary reunion for the team's Super Bowl XXI championship, remembering that New York mayor Ed Koch spurned them after the championship victory over Denver.

      True?

      I was really hoping you would write about this event after seeing PK mention it in MMQB. Sounds like a great time. Thanks for sharing, Phil.
      http://footballpros.com/content.php/...arade-for-You!
    1. Phil McConkey's Avatar
      Very true. Koch was New York City mayor and claimed that the New York Giants were a New Jersey team and should not get a ticker tape parade down Broadway. He said that Moonachie, NJ should give us a parade.
    1. brauneyz's Avatar
      Biggie, thanks for the link to when Phil wrote about it initially. I checked the date and sure enough, I was in the dead zone of Mexico at the time. Feb. '11 is still a blur.
    1. FrzzerBwler's Avatar
      Great read thanks Phil.
      Had forgotten @ non parade.
      In hindsight I think Koch was lucky to have a classy owner.
      I can think of a couple of current owners who might have changed to name to NJ F-ball Giants just to spite the mayor.
    1. Russell S Baxter's Avatar
      Thanks for sharing Phil...What a great team with so many memories...From Bobby Johnson vs. the Vikings, to George Martin vs. the Broncos, to Mark Bavaro dragging 49ers down the field in San Francisco to the dominant postseason...And it was so much fun watching that team grow over the course of 3-4 seasons...
    1. GoBigOrGoHome's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by brauneyz View Post
      Biggie, thanks for the link to when Phil wrote about it initially. I checked the date and sure enough, I was in the dead zone of Mexico at the time. Feb. '11 is still a blur.
      No sweat, B.
    1. Phil McConkey's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Russell S Baxter View Post
      Thanks for sharing Phil...What a great team with so many memories...From Bobby Johnson vs. the Vikings, to George Martin vs. the Broncos, to Mark Bavaro dragging 49ers down the field in San Francisco to the dominant postseason...And it was so much fun watching that team grow over the course of 3-4 seasons...
      Great plays Russell. If our friends here have never seen the Bavaro play, it was incredible. He catches a short pass and Ronnie Lott tries to bring him down. Bavaro turns upfield, dragging Lott about 20 yards, while seven other 49'ers take shots at him. All of them bounce off. That play was on our first possession of the second half, down 17-0 against Joe Montana on a Monday night. We won 21-17.
    1. Andy Freeland's Avatar
      Quote Originally Posted by Phil McConkey View Post
      Great plays Russell. If our friends here have never seen the Bavaro play, it was incredible. He catches a short pass and Ronnie Lott tries to bring him down. Bavaro turns upfield, dragging Lott about 20 yards, while seven other 49'ers take shots at him. All of them bounce off. That play was on our first possession of the second half, down 17-0 against Joe Montana on a Monday night. We won 21-17.
      Youtube video appropriately named "Mark Bavaro drags 49er".
    1. Phil McConkey's Avatar
      Nice, thanks Andy. Bavaro was one tough dude. Fourth game of that year vs. Saints, he breaks his jaw. It's wire shut after the game, and he plays the next week!
    1. Dave Lapham's Avatar
      People don't understand the bonds that form with teammates when a season of success like that one is achieved. It is amazing when players get back together with that shared experience of success it seems like they were never apart and pick right back up with their relationships. When you have a common denominator like a Super Bowl Championship, you are forever "family". The respect players have for each other in those scenerios never wanes. You hear players say all the time when they retire the thing they will miss about the game most is their teammates. People think that's corny, but it is so true. Sounds like you had a great time Phil with great coaches and players that won a championship. Congratulations, well deserved for everyone.
    1. Swami's Avatar
      Great story, Phil. That's why we keep coming back to the site. Hopefully, more will be created this year.
    1. Ripperlicious's Avatar
      That was a great team. I bet your 3rd down conversion rate that year drove opposing defensive coordinators bonkers.
    1. Josina Anderson's Avatar
      Super cool..Where was my invite? You are right Carson is a great dude. Always there. Always helpful to a young buck like myself.
    1. wxwax's Avatar
      Fantastic post.

      Thanks for sharing it.
    1. GiantsFaninToronto's Avatar
      Great stuff, Phil. Your TD catch is one of my earliest sports memories.
    1. BuckeyeRidley's Avatar
      Awesome, Awesome, Awesome. I'm glad that you were able to catch up with folks and there was still Good times going around. Very Cool, especially the Belichick observation; lol. :]

      1986 was also a Great year for Music too. I wonder if you had a favorite from that year-----