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Head coach Sean Payton served on the Giants coaching staff from 1999-2002, calling plays as the team's offensive coordinator in his final three seasons...TE Jeremy Shockey was New York's first round draft choice in 2002 and played for the Giants for six seasons. Shockey was selected to the Pro Bowl four times as a Giant when he recorded 371 receptions for 4228 yards and 27 TDs...K John Carney, a Glastonbury, Ct. native, played for the Giants in 2008 and was a Pro Bowl selection, scoring 143 points, the second-highest total in club history...TE Darnell Dinkins played for the Giants from 2002-03, alternating time between the active roster and the practice squad...New York QB Eli Manning prepped at Newman (New Orleans, La.) High School, starred at the University of Mississippi and is the son of former Saints signal caller Archie Manning...Quarterbacks coach Joe Lombardi is the grandson of former Giants assistant Vince Lombardi and had his first experience in pro football when he coached tight ends and runningbacks for the New York/New Jersey Hitmen of the XFL in 2001. Lombardi and Giants secondary/safeties coach David Merritt served on the same coaching staff at Virginia Military Institute in 1999...Giants CB Corey Webster prepped at St. James (La.) HS and played at LSU from 2001-04, where he was teammates with CB Randall Gay and WR Devery Henderson...QB Mark Brunell played for New York Coach Tom Coughlin, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and quarterbacks coach Chris Palmer in Jacksonville. Gilbride served on defensive coordinator Gregg Williams' coaching staff in Buffalo from 2002-03 after the two originally worked together on the Houston Oilers staff along with Palmer. Palmer and assistant secondary coach Tony Oden served on the same staff in Houston from 2004-05. Carney played for Gilbride when he served as head coach for the San Diego Chargers from 1997-98...DT Will Smith/Kendrick Clancy.aspx">Kendrick Clancy played for the Giants in 2005...Giants RB Brandon Jacobs prepped at Assumption (Napoleonville, La.) High School...LB Remi Ayodele/Jo-Lonn Dunbar.aspx">Jo-Lonn Dunbar and New York LB Mathias Kiwanuka were college teammates at Boston College from 2004-05...WR Marques Colston starred at Hofstra University from 2002-05...Assistant special teams coach Mike Mallory and New York running backs coach Jerald Ingram were college teammates at the University of Michigan…RB Reggie Bush, DT Sedrick Ellis, Giants WR Steve Smith and CB Terrell Thomas were college teammates at USC...Giants LB Danny Clark played for the Saints in 2006. Brunell and Clark were teammates in Jacksonville from 2000-03. Special teams coordinator Greg McMahon coached Clark on special teams at the University of Illinois...CB Malcolm Jenkins prepped at Piscataway (N.J.) High School...LB Jonathan Casillas prepped at New Brunswick (N.J.) High School. Casillas and Giants TE Travis Beckum were college teammates at the University of Wisconsin...DL Anthony Hargrove is a native of Brooklyn, N.Y...DE Will Smith is a native of New York, N.Y....LB Troy Evans, New York S C.C. Brown and QB David Carr were teammates in Houston from 2002-06. Brown, who was tutored by Oden as a rookie in 2005, starred at Louisiana-Lafayette. LS Jason Kyle and Carr were teammates in Carolina in 2007...RB Mike Bell and Giants WR Domenik Hixon were teammates in Denver in 2007...LB Jonathan Vilma and New York WR Sincore Moss were college teammates at the University of Miami (Fla.). Wide receivers coach Curtis Johnson was Moss' position coach with the Hurricanes. Vilma, C Jonathan Goodwin and Giants T Kareem McKenzie were teammates with the New York Jets...FB Heath Evans played with Giants P Jeff Feagles and DT Rocky Bernard in Seattle. Defensive line coach Bill Johnson tutored Bernard at Texas A&M University...LB Scott Fujita, LB Scott Shanle and DT Remi Ayodele played with Giants DT Chris Canty in Dallas. Fujita and Giants K Lawrence Tynes were teammates in Kansas City in 2004...T Zach Strief and Giants DT Barry Cofield were college teammates at Northwestern University...Giants LB Michael Boley played at Southern Mississippi...Defensive coordinator Gregg Williams coached Giants LB Antonio Pierce in Washington in 2004, where he and Brunell were teammates...S Chris Reis and Giants LB Gerris Wilkinson were college teammates at Georgia Tech...TE Dave Thomas and Giants CB Aaron Ross were college teammates at Texas...Offensive coordinator Pete Carmichael Jr., New York assistant offensive line coach Jack Bicknell Jr. and scout Ryan Jones served on the same staff at the University of New Hampshire. Carmichael and Bicknell then served on the same staff at Louisiana Tech University from 1997-99. Carmichael served on Palmer's staff in Cleveland in 2000...Offensive line coach/running game Aaron Kromer and Giants defensive line coach Mike Waufle served on the same coaching staff in Oakland from 2001-03...Tight ends coach Terry Malone, New York defensive coordinator Bill Sheridan and linebackers coach Jim Herrmann served on the same coaching staff at Michigan. Hermann served as LB Vilma's position coach with the New York Jets from 2006-07...Assistant head coach/linebackers Joe Vitt, Giants secondary coach/cornerbacks Peter Giunta and assistant special teams coach Thomas McGaughey served on the same coaching staff in Kansas City...Giants strength and conditioning coach Jerry Palmieri served as assistant strength and conditioning coach for the Saints in 2003...Giants assistant strength and conditioning coach Markus Paul served in the same position for the Saints from 1997-99...Director of football administration Khai Harley is a native of Somerville, N.J. and graduate of Rutgers University...Area scout Terry Wooden prepped at Farmington (CT) HS...Video director Dave Desposito is a native of Little Ferry, N.J. and graduate of William Paterson University who worked in the video department of the Giants from 1993-97...New York executive scout Jeremiah Davis previously served as a secondary assistant and strength coach at Grambling State University...Giants scout emeritus Harry Hulmes previously served in several capacities for the Saints including assistant general manager, director of player personnel and vice president of administration.

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