Front Office

Jerry Reese
Sr. VP and General Manager


Jerry Reese is in his ninth season as the Giants’ Senior Vice President and General Manager. Reese is one of the most successful general managers in the NFL. His first eight seasons as head of the franchise’s football operations included victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, a 71-57 regular season record and an 8-1 postseason mark. During his tenure the Giants have won two NFC East championships, earned three postseason berths and finished .500 or better in six consecutive seasons.
Jerry Reese is in his ninth season as the Giants’ Senior Vice President and General Manager. Reese is one of the most successful general managers in the NFL. His first eight seasons as head of the franchise’s football operations included victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, a 71-57 regular season record and an 8-1 postseason mark. During his tenure the Giants have won two NFC East championships, earned three postseason berths and finished .500 or better in six consecutive seasons.

Reese was named the Giants’ Senior Vice President and General Manager on Jan. 16, 2007. He succeeded Ernie Accorsi, who had held the positions for nine years before retiring. Reese has been a member of the Giants organization since 1994. Prior to becoming the G.M., he spent four seasons as the team’s Director of Player Personnel. Reese coordinated the Giants’ college scouting, was in charge of the team’s draft preparation and ran the draft room as the players were selected. When Accorsi retired, the team’s ownership selected Reese as the team’s third general manager since 1979, when the late George Young assumed the position. Young held the position until 1997, when Accorsi took over. Accorsi, who had helped convince Reese to leave college scouting and join the pro personnel department of the Giants, promoted him and championed his cause.
The selection of Reese was historic, as he was the third African-American general
manager in NFL history, joining Baltimore’s Ozzie Newsome and Houston’s Rick Smith. It was particularly poignant for Reese to learn of his appointment on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“I thought about that a lot and it was absolutely perfect timing for this to happen,” Reese said. “I don’t mean to sound cliché, but I really feel it’s my time to carry the torch. There are many people who went before me who really suffered through this process, and now it’s my time. I’m going to be successful – I have to be successful on a lot of levels.”

And he has been. Last year, the Giants endured an injury-plagued 6-10 season. In 2013, they were 7-9, which ended their streak of non-losing seasons at eight in a row, their longest such stretch since they were at least .500 in 10 consecutive season from 1954-63.

During those two years and in the months prior to the 2015 season, Reese continued to add players with an eye toward returning the Giants to the top of the NFL.

In 2013, he signed free agents Cullen Jenkins, Trumaine McBride and Josh Brown and swung an in-season trade for Jon Beason, who stepped in at middle linebacker and quickly became a team leader. Top draft choice Justin Pugh started every game at right tackle to become just the fourth Giants first round draft choice to start every game in their rookie season since the 1970 merger. The others were linebacker Jim Files (1970), guard John Hicks (1974) and Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor (1981). Johnathan Hankins, Damontre Moore, Ryan Nassib and Cooper Taylor were also selected in that draft.

Last year, a strong Giants draft class was highlighted by first-round selection Odell Beckham Jr., who had the greatest season by a rookie wide receiver in NFL history. In just 12 games, Beckham caught 91 passes for 1,305 yards and 12 touchdowns, all franchise rookie records. He was named the Associated Press’ Offensive Rookie of the Year, the first Giants player to be so honored in the 58-year history of the award. Andrew Williams, the Giants’ leading rusher in 2014, was also a member of that draft class, as were Weston Richburg, Jay Bromley, Nat Berhe, Devon Kennard and Bennett Jackson, all of whom are expected to contribute in 2015.

In 2012 the Giants finished 9-7, the same record they had the previous season, when they won the Super Bowl for the second time during Reese’s tenure. It was the second time in five opportunities the Giants followed a Super Bowl appearance with a winning record (they also did it in 2008); Reese was the general manager each time. One of the highlights of the season was the development of the draft class brought in by Reese and his staff, notably running back David Wilson and wide receiver Rueben Randle. Wilson’s promising career ended prematurely when he was forced to retire with a neck injury. Victor Cruz, originally signed as an undrafted free agent in 2010, had his second big season in a row, with 86 catches for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Reese and the Giants enjoyed great success in 2011. In the transaction frenzy that followed the end of the lockout, Reese added or re-signed several players who became stalwarts on the Super Bowl champions, including center David Baas, punter Steve Weatherford, running back Ahmad Bradshaw, defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka, offensive lineman Kevin Boothe, safety Deon Grant, defensive lineman Dave Tollefson and defensive tackle Rocky Bernard. Cruz emerged from obscurity to set a franchise record with 1,536 receiving yards on 82 catches. He also scored a touchdown in the victory over New England in Super Bowl XLVI. The Giants added an impressive rookie class that included cornerback Prince Amukamara, the team’s top draft choice, fullback Henry Hynoski and linebackers Jacquian Williams, Spencer Paysinger and Mark Herzlich.

Reese helped put the Giants on the road to a championship soon after becoming general manager in 2007. That year, he re-signed center Shaun O’Hara, which kept an outstanding offensive line intact, and added linebacker Kawika Mitchell via free agency and running back Reuben Droughns and kicker Lawrence Tynes in trades. He drafted eight players – Aaron Ross, Steve Smith, Jay Alford, Zak DeOssie, Kevin Boss, Adam Koets, Michael Johnson and Ahmad Bradshaw – who all played during the postseason. During the season, the Giants added important players like fullback Madison Hedgecock and wide receiver/kickoff returner Domenik Hixon.

In addition to helping the Giants win a championship as rookies, many of those players made significant contributions in later years. Smith shattered the franchise record with 107 receptions in 2009. Bradshaw led the Giants in rushing in three consecutive seasons (2010-12) and twice ran for more than 1,000 yards. DeOssie is a two-time Pro Bowl long snapper who has never missed a game in his career.

In 2008, Reese’s ability to acquire important players helped the Giants win the NFC East title with a 12-4 record. When Tynes was injured in the preseason, Reese signed 21-year veteran John Carney, whose 143 points were then the second-most in Giants history. The Giants also drafted Kenny Phillips, Terrell Thomas and Mario Manningham, all of whom made significant contributions to successful teams. Manningham rejoined the Giants this year after two seasons with the San Francisco 49ers.

Reese continued to acquire key players in 2010. He shored up a position where the Giants were short-staffed by importing safeties Antrel Rolle and Grant. Those two safeties teamed with Phillips to give the Giants much-improved play at that vital position. Rolle was selected to the NFC Pro Bowl team.

The 2010 first-round draft choice was defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul, whose 4.5 sacks were the most by a Giants rookie since Cornelius Griffin had 5.0 in 2000. Pierre-Paul had two sacks vs. Jacksonville on Nov. 28 and two against Washington the following week to become the first rookie in Giants history with at least two sacks in consecutive games. In 2011, Pierre-Paul was one of the very best defensive players in the NFL. His 16.5 sacks were the fourth-highest total in Giants history. JPP joined Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor and Michael Strahan as the only Giants with at least 16 sacks in a season. Pierre-Paul was selected to his first Pro Bowl and was named first-team All-Pro by the Associated Press. He was twice selected NFC Defensive Player of the Week in December – when he was also named NFC Defensive Player of the Month. In 2012, JPP was selected to play in his second Pro Bowl, this time as a starter.

While serving as the Giants’ Director of Player Personnel, Reese oversaw all aspects of the team’s college scouting. During his tenure as personnel director, the Giants drafted Eli Manning, Osi Umenyiora, David Diehl, David Tyree, Chris Snee, Gibril Wilson, Justin Tuck, Brandon Jacobs, Barry Cofield, Corey Webster and Kiwanuka, all of whom played big roles in the 2007 championship season and beyond.
Reese originally joined the Giants’ scouting department on Dec. 15, 1994. In the spring of 1999, he became Dave Gettleman’s assistant in the pro personnel department. In that position, he scouted the Giants’ upcoming opponents and evaluated NFL players. Reese was promoted to Director of Player Personnel on May 1, 2002.

Reese came to the Giants after a successful playing and coaching career at the University of Tennessee at Martin. During his college playing career (1981-84), Reese was honored as a two-time All-Gulf South Conference pick. He is among the leaders on UT-Martin’s all-time career list in interceptions. Reese led the team with seven interceptions in 1982 and was UT-Martin's leading tackler in 1984 with 99. Reese was GSC Defensive Player of the Week three times during his career and was named team MVP following his senior season.

Following his playing career, Reese served as a student assistant and as a graduate assistant before becoming a full-time coach of the secondary from 1988 through 1993. He moved to receivers coach and assumed the assistant head coach title in January of 1993.

In 2008, Reese was inducted into the Tennessee Sports Hall of Fame.

Reese has his bachelor's degree in health and physical education and earned his master’s degree in education administration and supervision. In the fall of 1995, Reese was inducted into the U-T Martin Hall of Fame.

Reese, a native of Tiptonville, Tenn. is married to the former Gwen Moore. They have two children, Jasmyne Danielle and Jerry II.