Video: Nassau County honors Giants Super Bowl champ Landeta
The New York Giants will be playing in Super Bowl XLVI, and one of their former Super Bowl champions helped kick off the local festivities.
Two-time Super Bowl champ and former Giants punter Sean Landeta was honored by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano in a ceremony Jan. 25 at the county legislative building. Ironically, Jan 25. marked the 25th anniversary of the Giants’ first-ever Super Bowl victory—a 39-20 defeat of the Denver Broncos.
Landeta, a Manhasset resident, reflected on his trips to the Super Bowl in 1987 and 1991. He spent nearly half of his 22-year NFL career with “Big Blue.”
The Giants will take on the New England Patriots Sunday, Feb. 5, at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Ind.
“This year is a rematch of one of the most exciting Super Bowls in recent memory,” Landeta said. “When these teams met in 2008 with the title on the line, the Giants upset the Patriots to claim their third Super Bowl championship and end the Patriots’ undefeated season. I predict a New York victory is on the horizon.”
In addition to wishing the Giants luck in the big game, Mangano discussed the local economic impact of the Giants advancing to the Super Bowl and the benefit that a Giants’ victory could have on the region.
“The Super Bowl is big business, even if it’s not played in the tri-state area,” said Mangano. “This matchup is as good as it gets from a Super Bowl retail merchandise and restaurant perspective. It’s a good shot in the arm for our economy.”
According to a CNBC analysis, each person spends a net average of nearly $60 on Super Bowl related expenses.
To further honor the Giants, Mangano announced that the dome of the county legislative building will be lit blue and red starting Jan. 25 and continue through the Super Bowl on Feb. 5.
Kickoff of the game is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. EST on FOX.