Giants & Tekes are Super Bowl Champs
An exciting finish to the NFL’s Super Bowl gave the New York Giants and Coordinators Kevin Gilbride (Offensive, Tau-Eta, Southern Connecticut State Univ.) and Perry Fewell (Defensive, Delta-Iota, Lenoir-Rhyne College) a chance to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.
Each time it looked like the Patriots were about to pull away from the Giants, Frater Perry put his defense in plays to stop the 2nd rated passing offense in the league. This included starting the game with a safety, only the seventh time in NFL Super Bowl history (out of 46 games). For a team averaging 32.1 points per game (3rd best in the NFL), the Giants kept quarterback Tom Brady in check by giving up only 17 points and seven in the second half. They also took the ball away once by an interception as the Patriots looked to be driving toward the end zone near the end of the third quarter.
On the other side of the ball, Frater Kevin helped Super Bowl MVP Eli Manning amass 296 yards passing and lead a rushing attack that netted 115 yards including the go-ahead touchdown in the final minute of regulation. New York also had no turnovers while holding onto the ball for almost twice the amount of time as New England (37:05 to 22:55). This was a focus of the offense – keep the ball out of Brady’s hands.
This is Fewell’s first Super Bowl ring and Gilbride’s second (both with the Giants).
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More on Frater Perry Fewell
Fewell attended Lenoir-Rhyne College and was a football standout. In football, he was a four-year letterman and as a senior, he was named the team's Most Improved Player. He began his coaching career in 1985 with the University of North Carolina as a special assistant. He made stops at Army, Kent State, and Vanderbilt before breaking into the NFL with the Jacksonville Jaguars as a defensive backs coach. He held this same position with the St. Louis Rams and Chicago Bears, before taking the reigns as a defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills. After a brief interim head coaching position with the bills, he landed the defensive coordinator position in 2010 with the New York Giants where he remains today.
More on Frater Kevin Gilbride
Gilbride attended Southern Connecticut State University where he played quarterback and tight end during his career. A survivor of kidney cancer, he began his career at Idaho State University as a special assistant. He coached in the college ranks at Tufts, American International, SCSU (his alma mater), and East Carolina. For two years he was an assistant coach for the Canadian Football League’s Ottawa Rough Riders. He broke into the NFL as a quarterbacks coach in 1989 with the Houston Oilers and had stints with the Jacksonville Jaguars, San Diego Chargers, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Buffalo Bills. In 2004, he started his career with the New York Giants and has been the Offensive Coordinator there since 2007.
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