The New York Daily News released their annual "50 Most Powerful People in New York Sports" list earlier this week and the New York Giants were well-represented. In total, six current or former members of the organization were listed, ranging from players to Public Relations staff to the owners.
Here's all the Giants who were named (in order):
The Public Relations guru:
The model football franchise has one of the most vocal PR people in the business, and its most ardent cheerleader. Pat Hanlon (No. 48), VP of Communications for the New York Giants, has never backed down from a Twitter challenge, and he is a regular on the New York sports talk circuit.
The Hall of Famer:
Where isn't the former Giants defensive end on TV these days? Since completing a Giants career that spanned 14 years and included a Super Bowl victory, Michael Strahan (No. 44) has transitioned into work that includes everything from "Good Morning America" to Nickelodeon. He is part of the hugely popular "Fox NFL Today" cast and replaced the beloved Regis Philbin on daytime TV, where he has boosted the ratings of the renamed "Live! With Kelly and Michael" (with help from his co-host, Kelly Ripa). Not a bad follow-up chapter for the single-season sack king.
The old guard:
Since joining CBS in 1998, Super Bowl-winning Giants quarterback Phil Simms (No. 42) has become one of the country's top football broadcasting talents and a respected voice throughout the league. Paired with Jim Nantz, Simms has called several Super Bowls during his broadcast career, most recently the Ravens' victory over San Francisco at the Superdome in 2013.
The young man at heart:
The 67-year-old New York native led Big Blue to two Super Bowl titles since becoming head coach in 2004, and he has a third ring from his days as an assistant under Bill Parcells. Universally revered by players and the front office, Tom Coughlin (No. 31) is Giants royalty and is a strong voice in the organization.
As the old saying goes, Eli Manning (No. 13) will never have to worry about buying a drink in New York. A two-time Super Bowl champion, and Super Bowl MVP, Manning took down the mighty Patriots and Tom Brady twice on the game's biggest stage. Giants fans can point toward that lucky day in 2004, when the team maneuvered on draft day to land Eli out of Ole Miss. Like Jeter, Eli lets his athletic skills speak for themselves.
The man in charge:
Following in the footsteps of his revered father, Wellington, John Mara (No. 4) has run a model franchise since taking over as president in 2005. During his tenure, Big Blue won two Super Bowls, and John Mara, who sits on several influential committees within the league, was one of the principals behind bringing Super Bowl XLVIII to the Meadowlands this past February.
We'd tell you who was listed No. 1 overall, but we'd rather not upset the New York Knicks fans who also read Giants 101.
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