As stated in the book The GM, by Tom Callahan, he is the only man in the history of sports who ever set out to be a general manager. Naturally, Accorsi set out to be a baseball general manager-football GMs were never mentioned in the Sporting News- but circumstances and an old college quarterback, George Walsh, redirected Ernie first to the Baltimore Colts, then to the Cleveland Browns and finally to the Giants for the last decade of a thirty-five year NFL career.
The award Ernie is receiving is named in memory of his predecessor at the Giants, George Young. Ernie held the position from January, 1998 until January, 2007.
The Giants made one Super Bowl appearance under Accorsi, Super Bowl XXXV, which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens; they won two NFC East Division titles (00& 05), while making the playoffs four times (00,02,05 & 06).
Accorsis highest profile personnel move came at the 2004 NFL draft, where he traded the Giants first round draft choice quarterback Philip Rivers and three draft picks to the San Diego chargers for Number 1 overall draft choice quarterback Eli Manning.
Accorsi is also responsible for drafting Osi Umenyiora, Jeremy Shockey, Chris Snee, Brandon Jacobs and signing through free agency Anotonio Pierce, Kareem McKenzie and Plaxico Burress.
At the end of The GM, Ernie wrote, Nobody asked me, but...Dammit, I never saw Sid Luckman play.