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Giants.com: Phil Simms recalls draft day

steve in 'skins territory : 4/20/2012 10:02 pm
Different era. Morehead State was not expecting and had to put together a press conference. His friends were amazed. Wow, how things have changed. That said, Phil was a great QB for the Giants and brought us back to respectability and a winning attitude (after suffering through injuries early in his career.) A real leader and a memorable Giant. To me, one of the all-time greats.
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Yesterday Michael Wilbon from PTI  
Life Long Giants Fan : 4/20/2012 10:08 pm : link
said Phil should be in the HOF.
just goes to prove  
evaluator : 4/20/2012 10:28 pm : link
micheal wilbon is an idiot.
I love how Pete Rozell laughs after announcing the pick  
oipolloi : 4/21/2012 12:57 am : link
Giants fans back then were so notorious for expecting the worst.

But really that was the beginning of the franchise turning it around. Picked Mark Haynes in 1979 and LT in 1981.
He is smart enough to become a multi-millionaire  
Life Long Giants Fan : 4/21/2012 1:14 am : link
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oipolloi  
Rick5 : 4/21/2012 7:08 am : link
It was the other way around. Simms was picked in 1979 and Haynes in 1980.
Phil who??? that's what i remember on draft day  
gtt350 : 4/21/2012 7:37 am : link
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Phil turned out to be one of the all-time Giant greats and  
Simms11 : 4/21/2012 7:59 am : link
certainly one of my favorites, due to his gritiness, toughness and leadership.

I do have to say, however, that he was one of those remote throwing picks. I'm so glad that I'm not a GM and that the Giants (George Young) knew what they were doing.
People say Simms needed to win Super Bowl 25  
Rjanyg : 4/21/2012 8:20 am : link
in order to be considered for the Hall of Fame. He was leading us to the best regular season start this franchise has ever seen, 10-2, and then he got hurtin the middle of our last lost that season to the Bills. He wasn't benched. He wasn't cut or traded, he got injured. He was having a great season, better than 86. He had as much to do with us winning it all in 90 has anybody on that team. Yes Hostetler was the winning QB, but Phil was a huge part of that team and has 2 Super Bowl rings.

He earned his 2nd ring more than Andre Brown did this past season, and Brown started to sing " I gotta ring ".

Simms is a all time Giant great and a hall of famer in my book!!!!!
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SanFranGiantsFan : 4/21/2012 8:42 am : link
If he hadn't been injured so often @ the beginning of his career...if he hadn't been injured in '90...if Handley didn't start Hostetler over him...

A lot of 'ifs' that'll probably keep Simms out of the HOF.
Take a look at the qb's  
Doomster : 4/21/2012 8:53 am : link
in that draft.......

Jack Thompson, taken at #4.....

Phil at #7

Steve Fuller at #23....

Montana at #82

Dan Manucci at #116

Rick Leach at #132

Chuck Fusina at #133

Mike Moroski at #154

Jeff Komlo at #231

I think you kind of get the drift......as far as QB's go, this was not a a strong draft for qb's....

So we have Phil and Joe....every team in the NFL had three chances at getting Joe....

Were the Giants right in taking Phil over Joe? Who knows.....but I know this....Phil took a beating his first 5 seasons, compared to Joe's first 5 seasons....how would Joe have held up with those Giant OL's in front of him?


We'll never know......and I remember the booing when he was picked.....never saw him play(how many Morehead State games were on tv?), but we saw Joe and all those comebacks with Notre Dame.....

But, I think we picked the right guy.....I don't believe Joe would have lasted behind those OL's we had.....

We had Charlie, Y.A., Fran, Phil, and now we have Eli....I bet you can't find one guy who will admit they booed him during that draft pick.....
My dad on that draft day was so funny  
hocuspocus : 4/21/2012 9:13 am : link
He was desperately hoping that the Giants would draft Montana (he and Montana were from the same hometown and my dad watched him while he was at Notre Dame). When the Giants' pick was announced, my dad stood up and yelled, "Who the hell is Phil Simms and where the [bleep] is Morehead State!?!?!"

Sadly, my dad died in 1982 and never saw any of the Giants SB victories. He did see Montana win one, though.
Bill Walsh wanted Simms over Montana  
Life Long Giants Fan : 4/21/2012 9:48 am : link
Had the 49 ers drafted Simms with that revolutionary offense and the superior offense coaching and the better weather and Jerry Rice, etc Simms would be in the HOF.

Hell, if Simms was young enough to be drafted in 2004 by the Giants he would be on the way to the HOF.
Doomster  
Life Long Giants Fan : 4/21/2012 9:52 am : link
I think if Giants drafted Montana in windy Giants stadium with weak WRs and a ball control offense he would have a career much like Chad Pennington.
2nd toughest QB the giants ever had ...  
mjt832 : 4/21/2012 9:55 am : link
after the 49er's game (NFC champioship in 2011) Eli gets my vote now as the toughest.

Phill Simms was a true warrior though ... loved his teams. A great era in Giants football.
Morehead State ....  
mjt832 : 4/21/2012 9:59 am : link
have they had any other players since then to go to the NFL? Not exactly a football factory. Are they still in existence?
Life Long Giants Fan : 9:48 am  
Rick5 : 4/21/2012 10:27 am : link
Yeah. The Giants had Bavaro, an excellent O-line, and a great running game for a period of Simms's prime years, but they always lacked really great WRs. I wonder how Simms's career would have looked if the Giants had a perennial all-pro WR back then. How would he have played with guys like Nicks and Cruz?
Rick5  
Life Long Giants Fan : 4/21/2012 1:21 pm : link
Don't forget how windy the old stadium was in december and January. It was hard to pass well at the end of the year.
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