Three members of the Giants' organization are considered among the NFL's 100 most important people. Owner John Mara (No. 12), wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. (No. 45) and quarterback Eli Manning (No. 60) made USA Today's list of the top 100 game-changers in the NFL.
The president, CEO and co-owner of the Giants, Mara was the highest-rated member of the franchise. Mara was the third highest-ranked owner behind the New England Patriots' Robert Kraft (No. 6) and the Los Angeles Rams' Stan Kroenke (No. 8).Giants video mailbag: Who can become impact player in 2016?
In addition to his role with the Giants, Mara's profile is increased by his position as chairman of the NFL management council executive committee.
"Considered one of the classiest owners in the league," USA Today wrote. "His grandfather, Tim Mara, founded the Giants in 1925."
Other receivers may have posted bigger stats last season, but none can match the star power of Beckham. Only one other receiver even cracked the list and that was in part because of what the Jets' Brandon Marshall (No. 67) has done off the field as a mental health advocate.
Beckham's on-field performance alone has been so dazzling that he earned a spot on this list.
"In the golden age of pass catchers, the man who dominates highlight reels by hauling in so many with one hand stands above the rest," USA Today wrote.
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Manning makes the list as part of a package deal with brother, Peyton, and father, Archie.
"From recently retired Peyton, who went out with a second Super Bowl ring, to his brother Eli, who has the same number of championships with the Giants, to their dad Archie, who was a damn good QB on a lot of bad teams, they certainly can lay claim to being the First Family of Football," USA Today wrote.
Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones took the top spot on the list, followed by NFL commissioner Roger Goodell, Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, Patriots coach Bill Belichick and NFL Players Association executive director DeMaurice Smith.
The Giants were the most well-represented franchise from the NFC East. In addition to Jones, Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo made the list at No. 26. Washington Redskins owner Daniel Snyder (No. 34) was the only other person from the NFC East in the top 100.
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