All three inductees careers are tightly knit. Tuck was a defensive end for the Giants from 2005-2013. Tuck won two Super Bowls with the Giants under Coughlin. Coughlin, who had been the head coach of the Giants from 2004 until this season, was hired under Accorsi’s term as general manager. Accorsi served as the general manager from 1998-2007 after being an assistant GM with the Giants for four years.
The Ring of Honor, in its sixth year, commemorates the most prominent and influential figures in the Giants franchise. The list of honorees currently includes 39 men, including Frank Gifford, Bill Parcells, Lawrence Taylor, Phil Simms, Michael Strahan, three Maras, Steve Tisch and more.
Accorsi served as GM of the Baltimore Colts and the Cleveland Browns before settling in with the Giants. The three teams combined to win 143 total games during his tenure. The Giants made the playoffs four times and made one Super Bowl run under Accorsi, losing to the Baltimore Colts in Super Bowl XXXV. While Accorsi retired from the Giants a year before the Super Bowl XLII victory over the New England Patriots, Accorsi had much to do with that team’s success. He was responsible for trading the Giants draft pick, Phillip Rivers, to the Chargers in exchange for Eli Manning in 2004. Accorsi is also responsible for drafting Osi Umenyiora, Chris Snee, Mathias Kiwanuka, Brandon Jacobs, and of course, Justin Tuck. The Giants organization made sure to get Accorsi championship rings after Super Bowl XLII and XLVI.
“When you start working in the National Football League, this is not something you would ever dream could happen,” Accorsi said via Giants.com. “I’ve seen these in different stadiums, and when you see all the great players and coaches up there, it’s not something I ever thought could happen. I can’t even put into words what an honor it is, especially with this franchise. It’s overwhelming that someone who started at the bottom in this league could end up with some of the names up there, like Lawrence Taylor and Frank Gifford. It’s just incredible for me to get this.
Coughlin served as the Giants head coach for 11 years after coaching different positions at Jacksonville, Green Bay, Philadelphia, Boston College, and at his alma mater Syracuse. Coughlin was 102-90 with the Giants in the regular season, and 8-3 in the postseason. Coughlin led the Giants to three NFC East titles and five playoff berths. His most memorable accomplishments in New York are the two Super Bowl victories over the Patriots.
“It was a great privilege to be the 16th head coach of the New York Giants, and it’s a privilege and a tremendous honor to be a part of those great names in Giant folklore that are in the Ring of Honor,” Coughlin said also via Giants.com. “It’s something Judy (his wife), my family and I very much appreciate. The New York Giants, to me, is the greatest franchise in the history of the NFL. We recognize the long history of the Giants and the greatest city in the world, the tremendous coaches and players that have represented the Giants over the years. It’s a great honor to be included in the same breath with some of these prestigious former players and coaches.”
Tuck was a third-round draft pick out of Notre Dame in 2005. He played in 127 regular season games in nine seasons with the Giants. Tuck has been credited with over 500 tackles and 60.5 sacks. He was a four-time captain of the Giants and a two-time Pro Bowler. Tuck’s legacy as a Giant is also cemented in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI, leading the defensive effort. Tuck played two seasons with the Oakland Raiders before deciding to retire. On May 6, Tuck signed a one-day contract with New York so he could retire a Giant.
“It’s a great honor,” Tuck said via Giants.com. “Anytime something like this is bestowed upon a person, you have to consider all the other guys up there, all the people that have paved the way for a small-town kid like me to have the opportunity to be put up in the rafters by what I consider to be the greatest football franchise there is. I don’t think it’s dawned on me yet how big a deal it is, but I’m sure that night there will be some emotions that come out and be very visible. I’m very, very excited about it.”
“They gave me the chance to be a Giant,” Tuck said about sharing the honor with Coughlin and Accorsi. “None of this would be possible without them, so I think it is fitting that I get the opportunity to go in with them. How I look at it is I will be the third of this group and the other two are unbelievable with what they have been able to accomplish, not just with the Giants, but with football in general. I am pretty lucky to be even considered in the same light as those two. Obviously, they are very important to what I have been able to accomplish in football and I wouldn’t even be in the conversation if it wasn’t for them and hats off to them, and I am looking forward to sharing a night with them.”
Accorsi, Coughlin, and Tuck will be inducted to the Ring of Honor during a ceremony at halftime of a Monday night game vs. Cincinnati on November 14.