New York Giants – are a professional American football team, which competes in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s National Football Conference (NFC) East division. It was founded in 1925. The team plays its home games in East Rutherford, New Jersey.
The club’s first owner was Tim Mara; he purchased the NFL franchise for New York at the cost of $500. He owned the team until he died in 1959. Mara left the Giants to his sons, Jack and Wellington. They co-owned the team until 1964.
From 1965 to 1990, the team was owned by Wellington and Tim J. Mara, who sold his stake to Bob Tisch for $80 million in 1991. Since then, the franchise hasn’t been owned solely by the Mara family. From 2005 to the present, John Mara and Steve Tisch co-own the team.
The owner, Tim Mara, decided on Giants because his team would play at the Polo Grounds, the home of baseball’s New York Giants. Mara “borrowed” the Giant’s name from the city’s Major League Baseball team of the same name because its owner Charles Stoneham had organized and promoted a professional football team called the New York Giants in 1919. The team folded before its first game. The original Giants derived their name from the city’s giant buildings.
Meaning and History
The New York Giants have experimented with several logos throughout their iconic history. Giants’ logos have revolved around three distinct concepts:
- A “giant” football player poised to throw a pass.
- The word “Giants.”
- Variations on the initials for New York.
The team’s official colors are white, red, and royal blue. These colors were almost always used except for the first 25 years and from 1955 to 1976 when there was no red in the logo. The font is individual, and the letters are lowercase.
1945 – 1949
The New York Giants used an image of a giant quarterback during this period. He’s passing against the New York skyline, his right arm is throwing a pass, and his left arm is extended to the side. The quarterback in the uniform is standing on the yellow-orange background. A white inscription “NEW YORK FOOTBALL GIANTS” is encircling him. There are dark blue shadows below (on the silhouettes of skyscrapers). The Giants logo is oval and football-shaped.
1950 – 1955
In 1950, another design of the logo was approved, created by Marie Barclay Steinmuller. The logo again featured a Giant’s Quarterback about to throw the football, but the style and color scheme was changed. The logo became more modern, and its colors were red, blue, and white. The wordmark “Giants” on the player’s jersey and “1950” in the lower part (against the background of buildings) were added. The basic details remained the same.
1956 – 1960
This version again depicts a giant blue quarterback concept, which makes play with the team’s nickname. The difference is that the quarterback towers above Yankee Stadium and not the main skyscrapers of New York. Yankee Stadium was the team’s home from 1956 to 1973. They removed the red color from the logo, and they kept white and blue. Besides, the image of the quarterback isn’t full-length anymore; now, it’s half-length.
1961 – 1974
Starting in 1961, a stylized blue “NY” was used as the renewed New York Giants emblem. The lowercase letters “NY” stand for New York. The graphically extended leg of the letter “y” stands out, forming a peculiar platform for “n.” The color of the logo is navy blue.
In 1975, designers reconsidered the design of elements of the New York Giants logo. Therefore, they suggested stylized letters instead of solid blue “NY” and added a thin white middle outline. They also changed the font and replaced the lowercase letters with uppercase ones. The letters “NY” stand for New York.
1976 – 1999
Within a year, the New York Giants emblem was updated again. The uppercase “NY” was replaced a season later by the team nickname written out in navy blue on a white background with a thin red outline. All elements are conjoint in meeting points. There is a wide underline of the same color as the team nickname under the letters. This change was sparked by the team moving its operations to the Meadowlands in New Jersey.
2000 – present
In the 2000 season, the club decided to go back to one of its old logos – of 1961. A lowercase “NY” returned as the primary logo of New York Giants. They updated a stylized darker blue and red trim. A leg of the letter “y,” which is going off the side, looks the same as on the original logo.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
Since 2000, the New York Giants have been using a text emblem that contains only two letters: “n” and “y.” This is a demonstration of her patriotism and a tribute to fashion because, in the sports field, logos that contain a reference to the name of the city are popular.
The first club badge with the abbreviation “NY” appeared at the New York Giants back in 1961. It has transformed several times until the emblem replaced it with the words “GIANTS.” After the revival, the combination of letters “NY” acquired a thin red outline. This version is significantly different from the logos that the team had before 1961. Early identity elements included a footballer with a ball against New York skyscrapers or Yankee Stadium.
The logo uses a personalized font designed in 1961, specifically for the New York Giants. Both letters are lowercase, bold, with rounded sides and rectangular serifs. The bottom horizontal stroke “y” extends to the left and runs directly below “n.”
The color scheme is classic: dark blue for the letters, red for the outline, and white for the background. The red line is the only difference between the current logo and the version the team used in 1961-1974.