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Super Bowl 50: New York Giants connections to Carolina Panthers, Denver Broncos

Well, at least it's something.

Brandon McManus
Brandon McManus
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The New York Giants are, of course, not in Super Bowl 50. There are, however, a handful of members of the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos, the Super Bowl participants, who do have connections to the Giants. Let's take a look.

Carolina Panthers

GM Dave Gettleman -- We have talked about Gettleman, the Gants former director of pro personnel before. The Giants chose Jerry Reese over Gettleman to succeed Ernie Accorsi as GM and eventually Gettleman took his opportunity to run his own team in Carolina.

LB coach Al Holcomb -- Holcomb was with the Giants from 2009-2012. He spent two seasons as defensive quality control coach and two more as a defensive assistant under Perry Fewell. He has been Panthers' linebackers coach since 2012.

Two Giants players began their careers in Carolina. Linebacker Jon Beason was a first-round pick by the Panthers in 2007. He went to the Pro Bowl three times as a Panther before being traded to the Giants in the middle of the 2013 season.

Offensive lineman Geoff Schwartz was a 2008 seventh-round pick by Carolina. He played in 32 games there before moving on after the 2011 season.

Denver Broncos

The only active player in Sunday's game who has a connection to the Giants is Denver placekicker Brandon McManus. The Giants traded McManus to the Broncos at the beginning of the 2014 season after he lost a preseason competition with veteran Josh Brown. McManus had a difficult rookie season, but made 30-of-35 field goals this season. His longest was 57 yards, and he made 5-of-7 from beyond 50 yards. He is one of the best kickoff men in the league.

Denver special teams coach Joe DeCamillas did that job for the Giants from 1993-96.

There is, of course, the Peyton Manning-Eli Manning connection. The only player on the Giants roster to have started his career with the Broncos is Robert Ayers. Ayers was drafted in the first round by the Broncos in 2009 and played five seasons there before joining the Giants as a free agent in 2014. Cornerback Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie was a Bronco in 2013.