New York Giants head coach Joe Judge, his coaching staff and players surprised members of the organization with bonuses totaling $300,000 on Tuesday.
The holiday gift was split among 70 team support staff, including equipment managers, nutritionists, cafeteria workers, and public relations and video departments.
According to the Daily Newsthe highest Christmas bonus given to employees before the judge was hired was $80,000 in 2019 for 30 staff.
Last year, Judge and his players raised $200,000 for 70 employees.
“The number is astronomically high. It’s the highest he’s been in any team I’ve been on in my career.” captain Logan Ryan told the Daily News. “And that helps a lot of people, people who have kids, who are dealing with stress from OVID or whatever.”
The judge hand-delivered the bonuses to the cafeteria staff.
“To see Coach Judge walk into the kitchen, everyone was like, ‘Oh, what’s going on?'” executive chef Angelo Basilone told the Daily News. asked me to distribute it to everyone. He was grateful for all the hard work we put in.
Bonuses averaged $4,285 per employee.
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“One of our employee basements flooded when we had this big storm in October,” Basilone said. “We have two employees with brand new babies. This goes a long way for many of them. It really means a lot. We watch every shot. We are honored to be part of the team, lucky to be part of the organization. And knowing that they consider us part of the family is great.
“It’s been a long season for everyone from training camp to now. The first person [working in the kitchen] walks through the door at 5am and the last person leaves around 7:30-8am. To (the judge) realize and recognize that we put in the long hours and are there for them, that’s great.
The Giants (4-10) take on the Philadelphia Eagles (7-7) Sunday at 1 p.m. ET.
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: NY Giants coaches and players surprise staff with big Christmas bonuses