In honor of this weekends Superbowl XLVI with the New York Giants taking on the New England Patriots, the NY Know is excited to have Mr. Ed Croke share a few memories from his time as Director of Public Relations for the New York Giants from 1965 – 1993. Mr. Croke is the father of our very own Director of Sales & Marketing, Kevin Croke, and is considered part of the family here at the Roosevelt Hotel.
A message from Ed Croke:
Having worked as the Public Relations Director of the New York Giants for 28 years, I was also privileged to assist the NFL in the game day operations of the first 28 Super Bowls, two of which my team won the trophy.
The great memories of those games are still fresh in my mind. The very first Super Bowl which was in Los Angeles (1967), wasn’t even a sellout, I sat at a table at a pre-game party and listened to the conversations of Bob Hope, Bing Crosby and Art Carney as to who would win the game.
In a later game at the Super Bowl in New Orleans, the movie “Black Sunday” was being shot during the pre-game with actor Robert Shaw running through the stands to warn the people of an oncoming blimp that was poised to cause panic in the crowd. Pat Summerall and Tom Brookshire were in the film from their broadcast booth, and saw the oncoming blimp and were wary of the situation, and helped to avert the potential disaster!
At Super Bowl XXV in Tampa, the one my New York Giants were in against the Buffalo Bills. I had the privilege of meeting and talking to a pair of fellow New Jersey stars, Rocker Jon Bon Jovi and Singer Whitney Houston. Houston went on to sing the most memorable National Anthem I’d ever heard, while Bon Jovi madly applauded with the rest of the 75,000 crowd in attendance.
Those memories are still fresh in my mind…..and always will be from the most premium sports event ever, with the enthusiasm, the pageantry, and thrills which are seldom matched. I would also like to proudly mention that the Giants won both of those Super Bowl games they played during my years with the team, 39-20 over Denver, and 20-19 over Buffalo, the wide right game!
So all these years later, I find myself once again getting ready for the big game this Sunday, February 5th and although my years of working at the SuperBowl games are something of the past, I still get as thrilled for the match ups as I did before SuperBowl I. This year the Giants and Patriots will have a go at each other in Indianapolis with the New England Patriots, a slim favorite with a superior record. But that also was the case four seasons ago when the Giants overcame a 14-10 New England lead in the final minute to win 17-14 and handed the Pats their only loss of that season. I will be rooting for my BIG BLUE and will watch along with millions of other fans when the two teams take to the field for what is sure to be an exciting game. As a fan, as well as ex-Giant executive, I relish the coming clash! Both head coaches, Bill Belichick and Tom Coughlin, are personal friends from their days as assistant coaches to Bill Parcells, and both had much to do with the success of the Giants in the 1990’s which included a SuperBowl win.
Whatever the outcome, this Super Bowl is sure to be another memorable game…..you can count on that! LET”S GO GIANTS!