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The Giant’s Dark Ages, Part-2; Dick James and Andy Stynchula

Giants vs 49'ers in 1963

The trade made perfect sense — on paper. Unfortunately, football games aren’t won on paper. But the logic of the swap was impeccable. Giant’s All-Pro Right Defensive End, Andy Robustelli retired. His back up, Bob Taylor didn’t show much. The Giants lost the 1963 Championship Game to the Bears after Y. A. Tittle got hurt. His backup, rookie, number one draft choice out of Ol’ Miss, Glynn Griffing struggled without a running game to keep the Bears honest. Keep in mind, back then, quarterbacks actually called their own game. Without a running attack, the kid was in way over his head. Ergo, the “brilliance” of the off-season trade.

The G-Men got proven Right Defensive End, Andy Stynchula and proven Giant-killer-halfback, Dick James from the Redskins for Defensive Captain, Sam Huff. Yeah, I know, that sounds pretty awful already but hold your water a minute. It gets worse. Waiting in the wings to take over for Huff was the 1963 Giants Defensive Rookie of the Year, Jerry Hillebrand. Hey, it really did seem make sense back then — on paper. Stynchula would take over for Robustelli. Dick James would provide a running game and Hillebrand would make everyone forget Huff. Well, sports fans, it didn’t work out quite that way. The Giants went 2-10-2 in 1964 and The Dark Ages were officially upon us. Ah, the good old days. Yeah, right!

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