NFL finally came to New Jersey in 1976. The Giants, who used
to play at Yankee Stadium, got their own home at Giants Stadium.
The Giants have sold out every game they have played at Giants
Stadium. South River’s own Drew Pearson caught the first
touchdown pass in Giants Stadium on October 10 of that year.
Pearson, a member of the rival Dallas Cowboys, was named to
the NFL all-decade team of the 1970s.
years later, the Jets left Shea Stadium to move to New Jersey,
too. In 1984, Giants Stadium became the only stadium to host
two NFL teams. The New Jersey Generals of the United States
Football League, the New York/New Jersey Knights of the World
League of American Football, and the NY/NJ Hitmen of the XFL
have also called Giants Stadium home. The stadium is also home
to the Kickoff Classic, the traditional first game of the college
football season. The annual Army-Navy game was played three
times at Giants Stadium.