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Giants Now (2/3): What's next after Super Bowl LIV, Eli receives Bart Starr Award, and the "Helmet Catch" still resonates today


Key offseason dates

Super Bowl LIV is in the rearview mirror. With the 2019 season officially over, all eyes are now set on 2020. This will be an important offseason for the Giants, as the franchise owns the No. 4 pick in the NFL Draft and has a ton of cap space to work with in free agency. Here are some key dates to remember.

February 24 – March 2 – NFL Scouting Combine, Lucas Oil Stadium, Indianapolis, Indiana

March 18 – The 2020 League Year and Free Agency period begins at 4:00 p.m.

April 6 – Clubs that hired a new head coach after the end of the 2019 regular season may begin offseason workout programs

April 23-25 — NFL Draft, Las Vegas, Nevada

Eli receives Bart Starr Award

Saturday morning, Eli Manning became the first player in franchise history to receive the Athletes in Action/Bart Starr Award. The award is given annually to an NFL player who "best exemplifies outstanding character and leadership in the home, on the field, and in the community."

"Thank you so much for this great honor," Manning said at the Super Bowl breakfast, an annual NFL-sanctioned event. "The loss of Bart Starr last year gives extra significance to today and his memory, and what it really means to be an athlete in action. I love that Peyton and I have become the first brothers to be awarded this incredible honor. That means mom and dad, you did something right. My brother Cooper is here today, as well. Coop, you're not too bad, either.

"It's also important that this is an award voted on by the NFL players. That it's now my former NFL brothers that gave me the nod. I'm happy to say that there are so many others in the league who deserve to be singled out for the way that they conduct their lives on and off the field. That's especially true of this year's finalists. Congratulations to all of you."

NY Post names Tyree's helmet catch greatest play in Super Bowl history

The Giants have had plenty of great moments throughout the franchise's history. Through 54 seasons of the Super Bowl era, the Giants are tied for the third-most Super Bowl championships with four- Super Bowls XXI, XXV, XLII and XLVI. Every championship was memorable, but according to the New York Post, one play in particular sticks out. The Post ranked David Tyree's helmet catch in Super Bowl XLII as the greatest play in Super Bowl history.

As the Post wrote, "The Giants were two downs from falling short of their first Super Bowl win in 17 years. The Patriots were 1:15 away from completing a perfect season. Then, a miracle changed Super Bowl XLII — and history. After improbably freeing himself from the grasps of multiple New England defenders, Eli Manning heaved the ball downfield and connected with David Tyree, who pressed the ball against his helmet and somehow held onto the ball — inches from touching the ground — while Patriots safety Rodney Harrison dragged him down after a gain of 32 yards. Four plays later, Manning found Plaxico Burress for the game-winning touchdown pass, cementing the all-time upset."


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