20 New York Giants Quarterback Fun Facts


The New York Giants are one of the most tradition rich teams in the National Football League. They’ve had a number of great players over the years, including at the quarterback position. Here is a look at 20 fun facts about New York Giants quarterbacks.

Most Years As Leading Passer

From 1948 to 1959, a span of 12 seasons, Charlie Conerly was the leading passer of the New York Giants. This set a team record he would have alone until 2016 when Eli Manning succeeded in being the leading passer for the team for his 12th consecutive season.

Eli Manning Starts Two Seasons The Same Way

The first player to catch a touchdown pass from Eli Manning at the beginning of both his first and second season was the same guy, tight end Jeremy Shockey.

Scott Brunner’s Best Game

New York Giants quarterback Scott Brunner’s best NFL game came in a 1983 loss to the Chargers. That day he completed 31 of 51 passing attempts for 395 yards and three touchdowns.

Fran Tarkenton’s First And Last

The first player to catch a touchdown pass from Fran Tarkenton after he joined the Giants was Homer Jones. The last Giants player to catch a TD pass from Tarkenton was Don Herrmann.

That First 3,000 Yard Season

The first New York Giants quarterback to have a 3,000 yard seasons came in 1962 when Y.A. Tittle, in 14 games, completed 200 of 375 passes for 3,224 and 33 touchdowns.

Most TD Passes In A Game

On November 1, 2015, Eli Manning threw six touchdown passes in a Giants loss to the Saints. This was one shy of the team record seven touchdown passes Y.A. Tittle threw in a 1962 Giants win over the Redskins.

Earl Morrall’s Longest TD Pass

Longtime NFL quarterback Earl Morrall threw 161 touchdowns while playing in the NFL. Only 32 of those came while with the Giants. During that time though he threw the longest of his career, a 98 yarder to Giants receiver Homer Jones.

Not A Statistic You Want To Lead In

In 1973, Giants quarterback Norm Snead led the NFL with 22 interceptions. This was the first time he was the league leader in that category while playing for New York. He’d previously led the league in interceptions while with the Redskins in 1963 and while playing for the Eagles in 1968 and 1969.

What’s In A Jersey Number, Eli?

Eli Manning famously wears jersey number 10 for the New York Giants. Other players who have worn that number before him for the team include Jeff Feagles, Kent Graham, Tom Rouen, Fran Tarkenton, and Brad Van Pelt.

Danny Kanell’s Best Game

The best game Danny Kanell had while playing in the NFL came in a 34-7 Giants win over the Cardinals in 1998 when he completed 22 of 36 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns.

1970’s Passing Leaders

The New York Giants saw five different quarterbacks lead the team in passing during the 1970’s: Fran Tarkenton, Norm Snead, Craig Morton, Joe Pisarcik, and Phil Simms.

That First Eli Manning QB Sack

In his first NFL game, coming on in relief of Kurt Warner in a Week One loss to the Eagles in 2004, Eli Manning was sacked for the first time of his career. He was brought down by Jerome McDougle for a one yard loss on the last play of the game. He fumbled the ball and it was recovered by his own running back Ron Dayne.

Kurt Warner’s Giant Touchdown Total

Kurt Warner had a Hall of Fame career, throwing 208 regular season touchdown passes in the process. He only threw six of those while playing his lone season with the New York Giants. Four of those were caught by Jeremy Shockey while one each were caught by Tim Carter and Tiki Barber.

Quite The Improvement, Craig!

In 1976, Craig Morton’s last year as quarterback with the Giants, he posted a 2-10 record as the starter for the team. The very next year, his first season with the Broncos, his record as a starter was 12-2.

A Nice Super Bowl Start For Phil Simms

Giants quarterback Phil Simms started Super Bowl XXI out by completing his first six passes. Those passes were good for 17 yards to Lionel Manuel, nine yards to Mark Bavaro, two yards to Joe Morris, 18 yards to Stacy Robinson, 17 yards to Bavaro, and seven yards to Morris. Those were all thrown in the first quarter. His first incompletion came on his first attempt in the second quarter on a pass intended for Phil McConkey.

Eli Mannin’s First Penalty

The first penalty called on Eli Manning in the NFL came during his rookie season in a loss to the Atlanta Falcons when he was called for a low block.

Jeff Hostetler’s First TD Pass

The first touchdown pass Jeff Hostetler would throw in the NFL came in a 1988 Giants win over the Saints. It went for 85 yards and was caught by Stephen Baker. This ended up being the longest touchdown pass of Hostetler’s career.

Joe Pisarcik’s TD’s vs. Int’s

During his three seasons with the New York Giants, Joe Pisarcik threw 18 touchdown passes, but 43 interceptions.

Phil Simms Spreads It Around

Phil Simms threw 199 regular season touchdown passes during his career with the New York Giants. He threw those to 37 different players.

The First Four

The first four times the New York Giants would use a first round draft pick on a quarterback were in 1950 (Travis Tidwell), 1959 (Lee Grosscup), 1979 (Phil Simms), and 2004 (Philip Rivers).

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