Young brought this franchise out of the dark ages.
Originally Posted by Toadofsteel
"Before Young was hired by the Giants in 1979, they had not reached the playoffs since 1963.
During his tenure, they reached the playoffs in eight seasons, won their division title four times and produced three N.F.L. coaches of the year: Bill Parcells in 1986, Dan Reeves in 1993 and Jim Fassel in 1997. Young's crowning glory was victories in Super Bowl XXI after the 1986 season and in Super Bowl XXV after the 1990 season, both times with Parcells as coach.
His first draft choice, in 1979, was Simms, who became a Super Bowl most valuable player.
His first draft choice in 1981 was Taylor, who turned into one of the best defensive players in history.
''It still amazes me that he chose me in the first round,'' Simms said yesterday. ''To take a guy from Morehead State with his first pick ever, it's pretty amazing.''Young was a private person, dignified, often stubborn and cranky, honorable and analytical, an old-school conservative who had good relationships with many player agents and little tolerance for those he felt were unreasonable.
As the agent Leigh Steinberg said: ''Even though he had that gruff exterior, he was tremendous in his ability to give advice and counsel. He enjoyed playing the surface curmudgeon, but inside he had a heart of gold.''In 1981, Young hired Parcells, the New England Patriots' linebacker coach, as defensive coordinator. Two years later, when Ray Perkins left to become head coach at the University of Alabama, Young made Parcells the Giants' head coach. At times, their relationship became contentious because Parcells wanted a greater voice about personnel."