Giants fans come out in droves for Super Bowl win parade
There was a touch of salsa and tons of confetti in lower Manhattan Tuesday as the Super Bowl champion Giants earned the traditional ticker-tape parade up Broadway and the keys to the city.
It was a day marked by a huge fan turnout, sunny skies, temperatures in the 40s and a lot of talk about teamwork.
Quarterback Eli Manning was undeniably the main attraction, drawing loud cheers along the parade route on Broadway.
At the ceremony after the parade, Mayor Michael Bloomberg introduced Manning as "the coolest customer in town, the Super Bowl MVP, and - let's be honest - the best quarterback in the National Football League."
Manning later told the crowd that the team never wavered in its confidence, even when losses piled up.
"We never lost faith in ourselves," Manning said.
Wide receiver Victor Cruz, wearing a red hoodie, delivered a shortened version of his touchdown salsa dance for the City Hall crowd, while running back Brandon Jacobs did a hip wiggle and former Giant Michael Strahan gave a big hug to each player before they accepted their keys.
Bloomberg introduced coach Tom Coughlin to the crowd by repeating the season-long mantra to finish every play and every game: "Boy, did he give us a finish to remember in the Super Bowl," Hizzoner said.
Earlier, Bloomberg came up Broadway on a float with Coughlin, Manning defensive lineman Justin Tuck and other dignitaries, including Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Many took turns holding up the Vince Lombardi Trophy for the cheering crowd.
Coughlin said he spoke with President Barack Obama, and "he was very gracious. He praised our football team. He praised our mental toughness," the coach said.
At one point, players broke into an impromptu dance on the stage and chanted, "We got a ring. We got a ring."
Tuck, who played on the 2007-08 Super Bowl-winning team, which also beat the New England Patriots, interjected: "Guess what? I got two."