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Tom Coughlin among 6 Giants semifinalists for Pro Football Hall of Fame
Two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Tom Coughlin was one of six individuals with significant Giants ties who moved one step closer to election as members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2024.
By Michael Eisen Jul 16, 2023

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Two-time Super Bowl-winning coach Tom Coughlin was one of six individuals with significant Giants ties who moved one step closer to election as members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2024.

The others were former players Charlie Conerly, Ottis Anderson, Carl Banks and Everson Walls, plus the late Dan Reeves, the Giants' head coach from 1993-96.

Coughlin, Conerly, Anderson and Banks are all in the Giants’ Ring of Honor.

The four players were among 31 eligible nominees selected by the Hall's seniors committee to advance to the next round of consideration.

Separately, the Hall's coach/contributor committee included Coughlin and Reeves on its list of 29 semifinalists who advanced to the next round. Another semifinalist, the late Marty Schottenheimer, was a Giants assistant coach from 1975-77.

The respective selection committees now will consider the candidates and vote to send 12 seniors and 12 coach/contributors through to the next stage. The results of those reduction votes will be announced July 27.

Coach/contributor committee members will meet Aug. 15 to select one coach or contributor for final consideration for the Class of 2024.

The seniors committee will meet Aug. 22 and may select up to three seniors for final consideration as members of the Hall's 2023 class.

View photos of two-time Super Bowl champion head coach Tom Coughlin.

Coughlin was the Giants' head coach from 2004-15. His signature achievements were the Giants' victories against the New England Patriots in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Coughlin was just the second man to coach the Giants for at least 12 seasons. Only Hall of Famer Steve Owen, who reigned for 23 full seasons from 1931-53, led the team for a longer time period. With the Giants, Coughlin was 102-90 in the regular season, and 8-3 in the postseason. The 102 victories are second in franchise history to Owen's 151. Coughlin led the Giants to three NFC East titles and five playoff berths. His eight postseason triumphs tie him with Bill Parcells for the most ever by a Giants coach. Coughlin was the team's wide receivers coach from 1988-90, a tenure that ended with the team's victory in Super Bowl XXV.

In addition, Coughlin was the first coach of the Jacksonville Jaguars, who began play in 1995. Under Coughlin, the Jaguars were the most successful expansion team in NFL history. Coughlin compiled a 68-60 regular season record (.531), plus a 4-4 mark in the playoffs, including those two trips to the AFC Championship Game. The Jaguars made the playoffs every year from 1996-99, the only expansion team in history to earn four postseason berths in its first five seasons.

Coughlin's 20-year record was 182-157 (.537). The 182 victories are the 12th-highest total in NFL history.

Reeves was the head coach of the Denver Broncos (1981-1992), Giants (1993-96) and Atlanta Falcons (1997-2003). His overall record was 201-174-2 (.536) and he ranks ninth among NFL coaches in career victories.

Reeves won four conference championships in 23 seasons and was a two-time AP NFL Coach of the Year, including in 1993 with the Giants.

In four Giants seasons, Reeves was 31-33 in the regular season and 1-1 in the postseason.

Reeves died on Jan. 1, 2022.

Reeves is one of six coaches to win the NFL Coach of the Year with multiple teams, earning the honor with the Giants in 1993 and the Falcons five years later.

Conerly played his entire career with the Giants from 1948-61. His No. 42 jersey was retired by the Giants in 1962.

Conerly was a vital member of the 1956 NFL championship team and led the Giants to the title game in 1958 and '59. He was the NFL Rookie of the Year in 1948, the league's Most Valuable Player in 1959 (when he received the Jim Thorpe Trophy), and a Pro Bowler in 1950 and '56.

In his debut season in 1948, Conerly set Giants rookie records for pass attempts (299), completions (162), passing yards (2,175), and touchdown passes (22) that stood for 71 years until Daniel Jones broke them in 2019.

During his 14 seasons in an era when the forward pass was not nearly as prevalent as it is now, Conerly established Giants records for career passes (2,833), completions (1,418), passing yardage (19,488) and touchdown passes (173), figures that have since been exceeded by Phil Simms and Eli Manning,

Anderson joined the Giants in a midseason trade in 1986 after spending the first six-plus seasons of his career with the St. Louis Cardinals, who selected him with the eighth pick in the 1979 NFL Draft, one spot after the Giants chose Simms.

In 14 seasons, Anderson had 2,562 regular season carries for 10,273 yards and 81 touchdowns, plus 376 receptions for 3,062 yards and five scores. He scored the Giants' final touchdown in their 29-20 rout of Reeves' Broncos in Super Bowl XXI and was the selected the most valuable player in Super Bowl XXV, when he rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' 20-19 victory against Buffalo.

Anderson was a six-time 1,00-yard rusher, including a team-leading 1,023 yards for the Giants in 1989. His 10,273 rushing yards are the 30th-highest total in NFL history.

View photos of new Giants Ring of Honor inductee Ottis Anderson.

Banks was the third overall selection in the 1984 draft, by the Giants. He played nine years for the Giants (through the 1992 season) and played one season for Washington and two for Cleveland.

Arguably the best run-stopping linebacker of his generation, Banks was a standout on the teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV. He led the 1986 champions with 120 tackles in the regular season and 26 in the postseason, including 10 in Super Bowl XXI. The following season, he was a unanimous All-NFL selection and a starter on the NFC Pro Bowl team. Banks was selected to the NFL's 1980s All-Decade team.

In 173 regular season games, Banks was credited with 860 tackles (642 solo) and had 39.5 sacks and three interceptions, including one he returned 15 yards for a touchdown in 1988. The next year, he scored on a 22-yard reception on a fake field goal pass from Jeff Hostetler in Philadelphia.

Walls joined the Giants as a free agent in 1990 and played 36 regular-season games for them before departing midway through the 1992 season. He spent his first nine NFL seasons with the Dallas Cowboys.

In his first season with the Giants, the team won the Super Bowl as Walls started all 19 regular season and postseason games at left cornerback, led the team with six interceptions and 17 passes defensed, scored his first career touchdown on a 28-yard return vs. Washington and contributed 58 tackles.

In the postseason, he picked off a pass and returned it 37 yards vs. Chicago, broke up four passes and contributed seven tackles, the biggest a game-saving open-field takedown of Thurman Thomas on Buffalo's final possession in Super Bowl XXV, which future Hall of Fame coach Bill Belichick, then the Giants' defensive coordinator, called, "the play of the game".

In his career, Walls made three first-team All-Pro teams, four Pro Bowls and led the NFL in interceptions three times.


The following is the full list of former players selected as semifinalists by the seniors committee. Each of them played his last game in professional football no later than the 1998 season:

Anderson, Banks, Conerly, Walls, Ken Anderson, Maxie Baughan, Larry Brown, Mark Clayton, Roger Craig, Henry Ellard, Randy Gradishar, Lester Hayes, Chris Hinton, Cecil Isbell, Joe Jacoby, Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, Mike Kenn, Bob Kuechenberg, George Kunz, Albert Lewis, Jim Marshall, Clay Matthews Jr., Steve McMichael, Eddie Meador, Stanley Morgan, Tommy Nobis, Art Powell, Sterling Sharpe, Steve Tasker, Otis Taylor and Al Wistert.

The full list of semifinalists selected by the coach/contributor committee:

Coughlin, Reeves, Schottenheimer, K.S. "Bud" Adams Jr., Roone Arledge, C.O. Brocato, Alex Gibbs, Ralph Hay, Mike Holmgren, Frank "Bucko" Kilroy, Eddie Kotal, Robert Kraft, Elmer Layden, Jerry Markbreit, Virginia McCaskey, Rich McKay, John McVay, Art Modell, Buddy Parker, Carl Peterson, Art Rooney Jr., Jerry Seeman, George Seifert, Mike Shanahan, Clark Shaughnessy, Seymour Siwoff, Jim Tunney, Lloyd Wells and John Wooten.

View photos of legendary linebacker Carl Banks' career with the Giants both on and off the field.



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