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George Young

New York Giants general manager George Young fields questions from the media after introducing Jim Fassel as the new head coach of the New York Giants, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1997, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

George Young was hired as the Giants general man-ager on Feb. 14, 1979 and stayed in that position through the 1997 season. He led the franchise out of the bleak 1970s and brought in great players such as Taylor, Simms, Joe Morris, Mark Bavaro and Carl Banks. Young hired Parcells, the head coach of two Super Bowl champions. During his tenure, the Giants earned eight playoff berths, highlighted by victories in Super Bowls XXI and XXV, and compiled an overall re-cord of 155-139-2. He was named NFL Executive of the Year an unprecedented five times – 1984, 1986, 1990, 1993, and 1997. Young also served as chairman of the NFL's Competition Committee.