When Carl Banks goes into enterprise conferences and boardrooms, he usually tries to survey the panorama by posing one query in two elements:
“What is your Super Bowl?’’ Banks asks. “What is that second?’’
Banks is aware of all about his personal Super Bowl moments, having received two of them as a fierce Giants linebacker. Now, he’s serving to to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLVI along with his personal distinctive inventive contribution. He has designed a particular Starter jacket and a T-shirt collection to mark that NFL title, which will probably be highlighted by a Reunion Weekend, when that championship staff will probably be honored at halftime of the Giants-Rams recreation Oct. 17 at MetLife Stadium.
“Aside from marriage and childbirth, it’s the most memorable second that these guys have skilled,’’ Banks advised The Post. “There is totally nothing prefer it. It’s a reunion actually of essentially the most valuable second they’ve ever had collectively as a staff. Guys go their separate methods, 10 years faraway from one thing, life takes over. But you then return in time and also you simply morph again into these emotions you had in your teammates.’’
Banks, 58, stays a well-recognized face across the Giants, a fixture on their radio broadcasts and in-house video reveals. With his firm, G-III Sports by Carl Banks, he’s additionally closely concerned on the planet of trend, making him a pure match to design what he calls “a wearable second’’ for this explicit anniversary.
When Pete Guelli was employed two years in the past by the Giants as senior vp and chief industrial officer, one of his objectives was to attain out to former gamers to get them again into the franchise fold. He wished to enhance Banks’ profile even additional.
“You can clearly see we’re taking a extra deliberate strategy with how we work with key alumni,’’ Guelli advised The Post. “With [Banks’] standing as one of our most iconic gamers and the success he’s had within the attire enterprise, it was a pure development that we might take this step and begin working collectively.’’
Giants co-owners John Mara and Steve Tisch believed the championship that got here after the 2011 season wanted to be feted — Mara known as it “an unbelievable achievement in our franchise’s historical past’’ — as a result of the staff was 7-7 after 14 video games earlier than reeling off a titanic six-game profitable streak to convey again the fourth Lombardi Trophy in franchise historical past.
That staff will assemble once more Oct. 17.
“Reaching the mountaintop with a gaggle of males in skilled sports activities creates an unbreakable lifelong bond that’s onerous to clarify,’’ stated Lawrence Tynes, whose game-winning subject objective in extra time in opposition to the 49ers within the NFC Championship recreation despatched the Giants to the Super Bowl. “We’ve misplaced some of our brothers from that staff [Tyler Sash, Mitch Petrus]. We don’t win Super Bowl XLVI with out each particular person man’s contributions that season so these two guys will probably be on my thoughts all weekend.
“The Giants group does an unbelievable job with these, primarily based on our [Super Bowl] XLII 10-year celebration. To say I’m excited is an understatement. I can’t wait to come again dwelling.’’
Starting Wednesday, the celebration of that milestone will kick off with the launch of the “Bracket Challenge,’’ during which followers can go to the staff’s Twitter account and vote for the highest play from the 2011 championship season. The Eli Manning-to-Victor Cruz 99-yard landing hookup in opposition to the Jets in Week 16 figures to be the odds-on favourite to win.
The six performs in rivalry will probably be featured in a restricted version “ALL IN’’ collector collection of T-shirts. “All In’’ was the battle cry utilized by security Antrel Rolle to impress the Giantsdown the stretch in 2011.
Starter can even difficulty a limited-edition varsity jacket emblazoned with the brand new 10th anniversary brand.
In August, an eight-episode podcast collection known as “ALL IN NYG’’ will launch, revealing key storylines from the 2011 season. In addition, followers can have the chance to work together with members of the championship staff by a collection of digital occasions in the course of the 2021 season.
Guelli stated Joe Judge, getting into his second season because the Giants’ head coach, has inspired the group to spotlight previous success at any time when doable.
“When you permit the sport, that cheering stops, proper?’’ Banks stated. “And now to come again and really feel the love and the appreciation of the followers, that’s the attractive half of sports activities, there may be an emotional connection, win, lose or draw. And whenever you win the final word recreation everyone has a narrative, everyone has a reminiscence.’’