The New York Giants have finally settled on a head coach, with New England Patriots special teams and wide receivers coach Joe Judge signing on as the next boss of the G-Men following the firing of Pat Shurmur. One thing you can't question about Judge as a hire is his toughness -- especially considering his family history. His uncle, Jerry Judge, was a heavyweight boxer back in his day, and he even had the honor of taking on George Foreman (!) at a Toronto exhibition in April of 1975. SPOILER ALERT: Foreman won. Handily.
The Judge fight begins shortly after the 12:30 mark in this video.
In his first ring action since falling to Muhammad Ali in the legendary Rumble in the Jungle, Foreman fought in a wild exhibition that saw him face five consecutive boxers for three rounds each. He knocked out all five, with Judge serving as the second boxer to be sent to the mat by the dethroned heavyweight champ.
In a contemporaneous article from The New York Times, it was noted that Judge landed the single best punch of the night out of all the hopelessly overmatched challengers, a hard right across his opponent's forehead, before succumbing to the inevitable onslaught. "Judge hit me hard. It was tougher than I thought it would be, and I was working out there," Foreman said.
Jerry Judge's nephew has had a decidedly more successful run in the sports world, as he was a special teams coach under Nick Saban at Alabama and Bill Belichick in New England before being given the reins at the Meadowlands.
Hopefully, Joe lasts a lot longer with the Giants than Jerry did in the ring with one of the greatest heavyweights ever to do it.