A Giant among Seahawks

Did you know the Wagner College football team can claim a small piece of New York Giants fame?

Jim Lee Howell played tight end for the New York Giants from 1937 to 1947, though he took off a few years to serve in the Marines during WWII.

In 1947 he came to Wagner as head coach of the football team. According to the 1953 Wagner College Football Yearbook, Howell's Seahawks won every homecoming game from 1947 to 1953. Howell also coached the Seahawks to the best season they'd ever had - after dropping the opening game, the squad went through the remainder of the 1949 season undefeated for a 7-1-1 record.

After the 1953 football season, Howell left Wagner to become the head coach for the New York Giants. He went on to lead the Giants to three NFL Championship games (this was before the game was called the "Super Bowl") - winning only one of them. Let's hope Tom Coughlin has better luck and can go two for two.


Horrmann Library, Wagner College Archive