National NFL writer Judy Battista discusses in a recent New York Times article her visit to the New York Giants’ new Legacy Club, a 5,000-square-foot hall of fame in the New Meadowlands Stadium.
“It was important that we have a Legacy Club and a Ring of Honor to recognize the great players and coaches and others who have made our organization what it is,” said Giants chairman Steve Tisch. “Both are great reminders of the responsibility we all have in upholding the tradition of those who came before us.”
Team president John Mara noted that fan input played a big part in the creation of the Legacy Club. “People have asked us for years and it was always something I wanted to do,” Mara said. “We have so much history; we wanted to find a place to display it.”
Writes Battista, “The Legacy Club allows Giants fans to time-travel through eras: when Wellington Mara took photos of plays from high atop a stadium and put them in a weighted sock to be dropped to the sideline so they could be studied by players and coaches; when players fought in World War II after the season was over.”
The Legacy Club also includes duplicates of the team’s three Lombardi Trophies, and busts to honor significant Giants players and coaches crafted by the same artist who makes the Pro Football Hall of Fame busts.
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