Originally posted on Giants Football Blog  |  Last updated 11/23/11

DAVIE, FL - MAY 02: Executive Vice President of Football Operations Bill Parcells (L) walks past a player at practice on during Miami Dolphins Rookie Mini Camp on May 2, 2008 at the Dolphins practice facility in Davie, Florida. (Photo by Marc Serota/Getty Images)
Former Giant GM George Young and Bill Parcells – the team’s legendary coach in the 1980′s – are among 26 modern-era semifinalists for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Young, who had built contenders in Miami and Baltimore, was handpicked by then-Commissioner Pete Rozelle to run the Giants in 1979. He was the driving force behind the Giants’ resurgence back to league prominence in the 80′s. Young built the Giants from the ground up. He made QB Phil Simms of Moorehead State his first draft choice. After selecting North Carolina LB Lawrence Taylor in 1981, the team qualified for the playoffs for the first time since 1963. The Giants would go on to win Super Bowls XXI and XXV. Young moved up to the league office after leaving the Giants in 1997. He was named NFL Executive of the Year five times. He passed away in 2001. Young’s coach during his early tenure was Bill Parcells, who took over when Ray Perkins left for Alabama in 1982. Parcells would go on to become the franchise’s most colorf...
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