The New York Giants have so much history, they have won multiple Super Bowl and have quite a few Pro Football Hall-of-Famers So when breaking down this list it may be difficult to agree with the order, however, you can’t disagree with the selections.
Sam Huff is the first person on the list, he played from 1956-1969; he was debut was with the New York Giants, and is ranked 93rd best player in the NFL history by nfl.com. Huff was the first player to appear on the cover of time magazine. He played in six NFL championship games and was named to the all-decade team of the 1950s. Here are some of his accomplishments.
-2x-Second team All-Pro
The defensive coordinator Tom Landry created a 4-3 defensive scheme just to fit Huff’s ability to play the game. There is where he changed defenses not too often you see players come through the league that a coach feels they cannot only run a certain system with them, but change the whole dynamics of the league. Well, that was the case with Sam Huff. Sam Huff was one of the best Giants we have seen, and I would bet you we never see anyone’s player like the Hall of Famer.
Phil Simms is the No.4 on this list of top five New York Giants. Simms was a great pocket quarterback who led his team to two Super Bowl wins. Simms was drafted in 1979, in the first round by the Giants. Simms’s early part of his career was overshadowed by injuries and inconsistent play. However, in 1984, he finally put it together. 1987 he led the Giants to a Super Bowl against the Denver Broncos where they won the first championship under Simms, and the quarterback was the MVP for going 22-25 with three touchdowns. He was also the first one to say the phrase “I’m going to Disney World,” a phrase that is still used by champions today.
-2x-Super Bowl Champion
-1986 MVP award
-1985 pro Bowl MVP
To go with his accomplishment, he was selected to the Giants ring of honor hall of fame and his No.11 Jersey is retired by the Giants. Simms may not have been the most gifted quarterback who we have seen. However, he was determined to show everyone he can play, and be successful. These days Phil Simms is a play-by-play announcer for CBS, and he offers his wisdom to whoever wants to hear it. The fact that Simms has not been elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, has got to be one of the biggest upsets of our time. He did struggle to start his career, but after that he was as good as the next guy. Other than one more Super Bowl rings, what does Troy Aikman have that Phil Simms doesn’t?
If you had to define him you could say, goofy but intense. The gap tooth intimidation defensive lineman is one of the best we have ever seen. He holds the all-time sack leader in a season; he also has a Super Bowl ring. Strahan is a guy whom you had to double team, and even with a double team. He was still able to get to the ball carrier, or even the quarterback. Strahan is one of those players who people just loved and players hated to play against. When he retired he went out like every player wants to; winning a championship. Here are some of his accomplishments.
-2x-2nd team selection
-Super Bowl Champion
-2001 defensive player of the year
-NFL- All-decade team in the 2000s
In 2002, Strahan broke the sack record by recording 22.5 sacks in one year; he also is in the 100 sack club, and is the Giants all-time sack leader with 141.5. He is in the Giants ring of fame and is sure to be a first-ballet hall of famer.
2- Emlen Tunnell
Tunnell played for the New York Giants for the years of 1948-58; he played defensive back. He was the first African-American player to be elected to The Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1967. He finished his career with 79 interceptions. After his playing days, he became a scout and an assistant coach until he died of a heart attack during a practice session in 1975. Here are some of his achievements.
-9x-Pro Bowl selections
-8x-All Pro selections
-He was selected to the NFL all-decade in 1950s.
Emlen Tunnell was a great defensive back, but he was much more than that, he alongside of some of the great African-American players, paved the way for the players today. No one can follow someone without another person leading. That is exactly what Tunnell did; he was an African-American in a white man’s game. Tunnell began his pro career by hitchhiking across the country from Iowa to New York City to meet Jack Mara, son of Giant’s founder Tim Mara and ask to try out for the team. In his Hall of Fame induction speech, Tunnel thanked the West Indian banana-truck driver who dropped him off near this polo ground “appointment.”
1) Lawrence Taylor
Lawrence Taylor The No One player on this list, and the best player to ever put a Giant uniform on, is Lawrence Taylor. Taylor, nickname’s LT was one of the most dominate linebackers of all-time. His fierce and ruthless aggression was something that this league has never seen before. He could toss blockers off like they were pieces of dirt. LT ended player’s careers and made offenses change. LT is one of the reasons why we know have a two-tight end set on offense. Here are some of his accomplishments.
-2x-Super Bowl Champion
-1981 Rookie of the year
-LT was also named No.3. on all-time NFL players, by nfl.com.
He was named to the 75th anniversary of the NFL team, the all-decade team in 1980s; his number has been retired, and he is in the Giants ring of fame. He finished his career with over 1,000 tackles, 142 sacks and 9 interceptions. Without a doubt LT was behind all the speed rushers that we see today. He was something that no one had seen before and now NFL teams draft players looking for the next LT, however in my eyes they are wasting their time, because there will never ever be another Lawrence Taylor.
This list of the five greatest Giants could go back in forth; you could easily fit players in here and there. Eli Manning is another one that almost made the list, but I felt he needs to play a bit longer to crack the top 5 of all-time that have played as a Giant.
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