Patriots - Giants: Making Connections

What the Patriots and the Giants have in common. We sort out the more interesting connections between these two teams.

Connections between the Patriots and the Giants

Patriots head coach Bill Belichick spent 12 seasons on the Giants’ coaching staff, and was the team’s defensive coordinator for their victories in Super Bowls XXI and XXV. Belichick joined the Giants as the special teams coach on Ray Perkins’ staff in 1979, and during his tenure coached special teams (1979-82), linebackers (1980-84) and the secondary (1989-90), while also holding defensive coordinator responsibilities (1985-90).

-- Patriots defensive line coach Pepper Johnson was originally drafted by the Giants in the second round of the 1986 NFL Draft. He won two Super Bowls and twice earned Pro Bowl honors during his career with New York, which spanned from 1986-92.

-- Patriots tight ends coach Pete Mangurian was the Giants’ offensive line coach from 1993-96.

-- Giants Head Coach Tom Coughlin was the head coach at Boston College from 1991-93 and also served as the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at the Heights (1981-83). Coughlin was also the wide receivers coach on the Giants’ coaching staff while Bill Belichick was also on New York’s staff (1988-90).

-- Giants defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo was born in Whitinsville, Mass. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Springfield College, where he was a two-year starter at wide receiver, and a master’s from the University of Massachusetts. Spagnuolo began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at UMass from 1982-83. He later served as defensive coordinator/defensive backs at Connecticut (1987-91) and defensive coordinator/defensive backs/linebackers at Maine (1993-94).

-- Giants tight ends coach Michael Pope coached running backs and tight ends for the Patriots from 1994-96.

-- Giants assistant offensive line coach Dave DeGuglielmo has been an assistant at three New England colleges: Boston College (1991-92), Boston University (1993-96) and the University of Connecticut (1997-98).

-- Giants quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer began his coaching career at Connecticut, where he led the defensive line and wide receivers (1972-74). He later served as head coach at Boston University from 1988-89 and spent four years with the Patriots – first as a wide receivers coach (1993-95), then as a quarterbacks coach (1996).

-- Giants strength and conditioning coach Jerry Palmieri was the director of strength and conditioning at Boston College from 1993-94.

-- Giants assistant strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul held the same position at New England from 2000, where he worked with Mike Woicik and earned three Super Bowl rings.

-- Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel and Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress were teammates on the Pittsburgh Steelers for the 2000 season.

-- Giants linebacker Zak DeOssie is a native of North Andover, Mass., and attended Phillips Academy in Andover. Zak is the son of Steve DeOssie, who finished his NFL playing career as a linebacker and long snapper with the Patriots in 1994 and 1995.

-- Giants guard Grey Ruegamer played in 33 games for the Patriots over three seasons from 2000-02. He signed by New England on Nov. 16, 2000 and played in the squad’s Super Bowl XXXVI victory over St. Louis.

-- Giants cornerback Sam Madison was teammates on the Miami Dolphins with four current Patriots players: fullback Heath Evans (2005), linebacker Larry Izzo (1997-2000), linebacker Junior Seau (2003-05) and offensive lineman Billy Yates (2003).

-- Giants quarterback Anthony Wright was teammates with Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas on the Baltimore Ravens in 2003 and 2005.

-- Patriots wide receiver Randy Moss and Giants defensive tackle Fred Robbins were teammates on the Minnesota Vikings from 2000-2003.

-- Patriots cornerback Randall Gay, linebacker Eric Alexander and Giants cornerback Corey Webster were teammates at Louisiana State University from 2001-03.

-- Patriots defensive lineman Rashad Moore, wide receivers Donte’ Stallworth and Kelley Washington and Giants safety Gibril Wilson were all teammates at the University of Tennessee in 2001.

-- Giants assistant director of pro scouting Ken Sternfeld spent 21 seasons with New England in a variety of capacities, primarily in scouting.

-- Giants tight ends coach Michael Pope coached running backs and tight ends at New England from 1994-96.

-- Giants punter Jeff Feagles, a 20-year NFL veteran, was originally signed as a rookie free agent by the Patriots on May 1, 1988. He was waived on May 24, 1990. Since he entered the league with New England, Feagles has not missed a single game, seeing action in a league-record 304 consecutive contests.

-- Patriots linebacker Adalius Thomas and Giants defensive end Justin Tuck are cousins.

-- Patriots defensive back Eugene Wilson and Giants tackle David Diehl were four-year teammates at Illinois.

-- Patriots quarterback Matt Cassel, Giants wide receiver Steve Smith and Giants defensive tackle Manny Wright played at Southern California.

-- Patriots running back Heath Evans and Giants linebacker Reggie Torbor were teammates at Auburn.

(Courtesy Patriots team media relations)

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