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The New York Giants announced a star-studded group of upcoming inductees for their Ring of Honor on Tuesday featuring former head coach Tom Coughlin, defensive end Justin Tuck and general manager Ernie Accorsi.
The Giants confirmed the selections on their official site. The trio will join the Ring of Honor on Nov. 14 when the team faces off with the Cincinnati Bengals.
Coughlin stepped down from his role as head coach in January after more than a decade in charge. He accumulated a 102-90 record across 12 seasons and went 8-3 in five postseason appearances, highlighted by a pair of Super Bowl titles (2007 and 2011).
The 69-year-old New York native was also with the organization as a wide receivers coach when it won the championship at the end of the 1990 campaign. He talked about that playoff success as part of his resignation comments, as relayed by Dan Graziano of ESPN.com:
It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as head coach of the New York Football Giants. This is a not a sad occasion for me. I have spent 15 years with this organization as an assistant and head coach and was fortunate to be part of three Super Bowl-winning teams. A Lombardi Trophy every five years is an achievement in which we all take great pride.
Tuck was a crucial piece along the defensive line during the team’s two most recent Super Bowl triumphs under Coughlin. He racked up 60.5 sacks during nine seasons with the Giants and registered 5.5 more during the team’s title runs.
He posted an extended message on Instagram about how much his longtime head coach meant to him after Coughlin announced his decision to step down:
The 33-year-old defender announced his retirement less than a month later. He told the Giants’ official site what the Ring of Honor selection means to him.
“It’s a great honor,” Tuck said. “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.”
While Coughlin and Tuck were two of the more public faces during the Giants’ run of success, Accorsi laid the groundwork behind the scenes. He served as the team’s general manager from 1998 through 2007 after previously serving in an assistant GM role.
Although he retired before New York won the two championships, he was responsible for hiring Coughlin and drafting players like Tuck and Osi Umenyiora, setting the stage for the team’s defensive success.
He also made one bold move to significantly alter the trajectory of the franchise: drafting Philip Rivers to set the stage for an Eli Manning trade. James Kratch of NJ.com passed along comments Coughlin made about those moves on Football Night in America last year.
“It’s 12 years, and God bless Ernie,” Coughlin said. “He made the call, and it was a hard one at that point in time because of the nature of the trade, but thank God for it. There’s a guy that’s been everything. Not only just as a football player for this franchise, but out in the world and out in the community.”
The official announcement noted they will bring the Ring of Honor total to 42. It’s a group that also includes Bill Parcells, Lawrence Taylor, Michael Strahan, Phil Simms and Y.A. Tittle, among others.
Now the trio, which would have already been forever linked when fans look back on the Giants’ championship victories, will possess another special bond by getting inducted together.