|MVP Eli Manning with the Lombardi Trophy|
'Two months ago the experts doubted the Giants would even make the play offs, but we're here today because the Giants believed in each other, and you believed in them'
- Michael Bloomberg
|The parade began at Battery Park and passed along the |
Canyon of Heroes, ending at City Hall
The key to the Giants' progression this season has been two of the traits The Wild Geese used to survive and succeed - Team work and Commitment.
As they left Ireland, The Wild Geese were forced to depend on each other and this St Patrick's Day we will be celebrating the extraordinary successes that can be achieved when, like The Wild Geese and the Giants, people work together.
The Giants exemplify commitment and team work, and their coach Tom Coughlin is an important part of this. Coughlin has previously been viewed with mixed feelings. For some he was a 1950s style drill sergeant who had lost touch with the modern day NFC and NFL leagues. But this season he has disproved this, and on the contrary, has brought these key features to the forefront of his team. Jeff Freier writes, 'He's filled with class, dignity, ethics and morals. He's a gracious loser and is just as gracious when winning'.
Coughlin abandons all self satisfaction when it comes to the football field: 'I try to never put it in perspective for me. It's not about me. It's about our team'. But is quick to praise his team, who pulled together to get the ultimate result.
'They battled back, the way that they came together, the phrase they used was "All In" and they were all in'
|Coach Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning on the|
parade bus, celebrating with Giants fans
With the sense of team work sown into them, the Giants just needed something to reach for and dared to dream about winning their second Super Bowl title. It was their commitment that propelled them to victory. MVP Eli Manning outlines the Giants' mindset:
'The message that's been talked about today is "Finish". Finish games, finish the fourth quarter and finish the season strong. That's exactly what we did - a team that had eight fourth-quarter wins, including one in the Super Bowl'
Coughlin shares this sentiment. It's important to stay committed to what you want to achieve.
'All things are possible for those who believe. We always believed, we always knew we could get here'