The New York Giants are one of the most historic franchises in the National Football League as they were founded in 1925 by Tim Mara when the NFL was only 5 years old. Fun Fact, in the franchise's third year of existence they had an immaculate record of 11-1-1 and ended up winning their first NFL title (wasn't called the Super Bowl yet back then).
The Giants got their team name by team owner Tim Mara wanting the same name recognition as the Major League Baseball team at the time, also the New York Giants so fans in New York could support both franchises, the name also came from all the giant buildings that are located in New York City. As of 2021, the Giants have won four National League Football championships, and they have won four Super Bowl titles.
The history of the franchise is littered with legendary players such as Lawerence Taylor, Eli Manning, Rosey Brown, Michael Strahan, Harry Carson, and countless others. Because of their impact on the game can be measured in numerous ways such as revenue, endorsements, and memorabilia. Recently we've discovered that some of these Giants jerseys have been sold for extremely high amounts. Today we will take a look at the five most expensive Giants jerseys sold to date:
5. Signed Harry Carson Jersey - $120
Harry Carson was a very powerful defensive force who joined the New York Giants in 1976, as the Giants selected him in the 4th round of the NFL Draft that year, and halfway through his rookie campaign he earned the starting middle linebacker job as he was also named to the 1977 All-Rookie team. Fun Fact: from 1981-1983, Carson was in the very intimidating Giants defense that was given the nicknames the "Crunch Bunch" and " Big Blue Wrecking Crew".
In his 13 year career with the Giants, Carson was able to recover 14 fumbles and intercept 11 passes, he also led the team in sacks for 6 seasons. Carson was also a key contributor to the Giants first Super Bowl championship win in 1986 as he 23 tackles in the playoffs and 118 tackles during the regular season that year. His jersey was sold as part of an Online Collectible Auction that was on the website I-Collector. The jersey sold for a total of $120.
4. 2005 Game Worn and Signed Eli Manning Jersey - $2,220
Eli Manning was drafted Number 1 Overall by the San Diego Chargers, but Manning quickly made it known he would not play for San Diego, so he was traded on draft night to the New York Giants. He was the starting quarterback for the Giants for most of his 16-year career with the franchise, as from 2004-2019 Manning started a total of 234 games for the Big Blue.
Fun Fact, during that stretch Manning started in 210 consecutive games for the Giants, which for an NFL player is very impressive as his durability and health were able to stay at very top level during majority of his career which is hard for a lot of NFL players. Manning's two most memorable performances in his career came in both Super Bowl's that the Giants defeated the New England Patriots in. Manning was able to pass for a total of 57, 023 yards during his career with the Giants. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as part of the Fall Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction that was held in Dallas, as the jersey sold for $2,220 and it was sold on December 12th, 2020.
3. 1988 Lawrence Taylor Game Worn and Signed Jersey - $6,572
The Giants drafted Lawerence Taylor with the second overall pick in the 1981 draft and he was able to make an immediate impact with the team from the first minute he stepped out onto the field. Taylor was known for his immaculate athletic ability and his ability to be a very speedy defender and have great strength to dominate the opposition. In his rookie campaign, Taylor won the awards for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year and NFL Defensive Player of the Year.
Fun Fact, Taylor was able to make the Pro Bowl in 10 consecutive seasons and he was able to be named to the first-team All-Pro for 6 consecutive seasons. Taylor was also able to post double-digit sacks for 7 consecutive seasons and accumulated for a total of 132.5 sacks in his career. In 1986, he was an important piece to the puzzle in helping the Giants win their first Super Bowl championship and he was able to win the NFL MVP Award, the NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award, and the Bert Bell Award for Player of the Year all in 1986. His jersey was sold as part of the Heritage Auctions as it was sold as part of the Sports Collectibles Catalog Auction, as the jersey was sold for $6,572 and it was sold on November 18th, 2016.
2. Rosey Brown Game Worn Jersey - $7,788
Rosey Brown proved him self to be the steal of the draft for the Giants as he was selected in the 27th round of the 1953 NFL Draft. Brown was known for being a very fast and agile player for the lineman position as he relied on speed and technique rather than just straight up bulk. Brown led the Giants to the 1956 NFL title championship and he won the NFL Offensive Lineman of the Year Award in 1956 as well.
Unfortunately for Brown, a serious medical condition made his career come to a conclusion much earlier than anyone expected, but that didn't stop him from still being involved with the Giants as he then soon joined the team's coaching staff as he helped coach the offensive line before becoming a scout for the Giants in 1971. Brown was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975 and he was included in the 2010 Giants Rings of Honor class. His jersey was sold as part of the Grey Flannel Auctions as the jersey sold for $7,788.
1. Michael Strahan Game Worn Super Bowl Jersey - $100,000
The Giants selected Michael Strahan in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft and for much of his rookie campaign a foot injury kept him out of action, but soon after he recovered from that injury he was able to make a name for himself in the league. Strahan's breakout season came in 1997 where he recorded 14 sacks and he was selected to his very first Pro Bowl and was selected to his first-team All-Pro.
One of Strahan's most iconic moments in his successful NFL career in Super Bowl XLII where he sacked Tom Brady (who is considered to the greatest quarterback in NFL history) that made Brady lose 6 yards on his offensive drive. Strahan also had two more huge solo tackles at the end of that game to help the Giants upset and defeat the New England Patriots in that Super Bowl. Strahan went onto win the NFL's Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2001 and in that same year he set the official record with 22.5 sacks and also led the league in tackles for a loss. His jersey was sold at auction for $100,000.
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