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All-Time Teams: New York Giants



Introduction

In my endless research of all things football and through my passion for the history of the NFL, I have decided to try and compile an All-Time Team for all 32 current NFL franchises. By All-Time Team I mean a starting roster compiled of the very best players to ever put on each franchise’s jersey. I will be starting in alphabetical order by current franchise location, so Arizona Cardinals all the way to The Washington Football Team, with the goal of releasing one to two All-Time teams a week for the duration of the current NFL season. This is meant to be fun and cause some debate and is based on my opinion after all my research and deep dives into each franchise’s history. Of course, not everyone will agree with who I chose, and I’d love to hear from anyone who agrees or disagrees, but first, let’s lay out some ground rules for how I came up with each team.


1. Each team roster will consist of the following:

Offense - 1 QB, 2 RB, 3 WR, 1 TE, 2 OT, 2 OG, 1 C

Defense - 2 DE, 2 DT, 3 LB, 2 CB, 2 S

Special Teams - 1 K, 1 P, 1 Returner

Coach - 1 Head Coach


2. I only considered an individual’s stats and contributions with each specific franchise. For example, Peyton Manning’s years with the Broncos were not considered when deciding on the starting QB of the Colts All-Time Team. As a result, the stats and awards listed with each individual player are only those that were achieved with that specific franchise.


3. A player cannot represent two teams as the starter. Players who spent time with more than one team were considered for the franchise they spent the most time with or had the most impact on. This rule led to some interesting scenarios that I will discuss in detail with each specific article to try and clear up any confusion.


4. A player’s stats and impact were considered in context with their era. This won’t simply be a listing of who passed or ran for the most yards in franchise history.


5. All stats are from Pro-Football-Reference and through the 2021 season. I will also be counting sacks from 1960, though the NFL doesn't officially count sacks until 1982.


6. Players in the "Honorable Mentions" section are ordered by year. It's not an indication of where I believe they rank in franchise history.


Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get to it!


New York Giants All-Time Team


Franchise Information

First Season: 1925

Record: 706-631-33 (52.80 W-L%)

Playoff Record: 24-25

Super Bowls Won: 4 (1986, 1990, 2007 and 2011) (Lost in 2000)

Pre-Super Bowl NFL Championships Won: 4 (1927, 1934, 1938 and 1956) (Lost in 1933, 1935, 1939, 1941, 1944, 1946, 1958, 1959, 1961, 1962 and 1963)

Passing Leader: Eli Manning 4,895/8,119 | 57,023 Yds | 366 TD

Rushing Leader: Tiki Barber 2,217 Att | 10,449 Yds | 55 TD

Receiving Leader: Amani Toomer 668 Rec | 9,497 Yds | 54 TD

Sack Leader: Lawrence Taylor 142 Sk

Interception Leader: Emlen Tunnell 74 Int

Scoring Leader: Pete Gogolak 646 Points

Winningest Coach: Steve Owen 153-100-17


QB: Eli Manning (2004-2019)

Record: 117-117 | 60.3 Cmp% | 57,023 Yds | 366 TD | 244 Int | 567 Rush Yds | 7 Rush TD | 4x Pro-Bowl (08, 11, 12, 15) | 2016 Walter Payton Man of the Year | 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl Champion


This may be somewhat of a surprise, as Eli Manning sometimes get a bad rep, but in my opinion, he is easily the greatest quarterback in Giants history. Manning led the Giants for 16 seasons and guided them to Super Bowl victories in both 2007 and 2011. The Giants upset of the undefeated Patriots in 2007 is probably the greatest upset in the history of the NFL. Manning is also the franchise leader in all major passing categories and was named to the Pro-Bowl four times. I know he was often times inconsistent, but he could turn it on when it mattered the most. He guided the Giants to seven winning seasons and six playoff appearances as well. Phil Simms, Charlie Connerly and Y.A. Tittle all had great runs with the Giants as well, but Eli still gets the edge in almost every regard.

Honorable Mentions

  1. Benny Friedman (1929-1931) | Record: 34-11-2 | 36 TD | 10 Rush TD | 2x All-Pro (29, 30) | Hall of Fame Class 2005

  2. Harry Newman (1933-1935) | Record: 28-11 | 37.6 Cmp% | 1,496 Yds | 12 TD | 36 Int | 1,086 Rush Yds | 6 Rush TD | Led League in Cmp 1933 (53) | Led League in Yds 1933 (973) | Led League in TD 1933 (11) | Led League in QB Rating 1933 (51.7) | 1934 NFL Champion | 1933 and 1935 NFL Championship Appearance

  3. Ed Danowski (1934-1941) | Record: 59-27-6 | 48.5 Cmp% | 3,817 Yds | 37 TD | 44 Int | 1,173 Rush Yds | 4 Rush TD | Led League in Cmp 1935 and 1938 (57, 70) | Led League in Cmp% 1937 and 1938 (49.3%, 54.3%) | Led League in Yds 1935 (794) | Led League in TD 1935 (10) | Led League in QB Rating 1937 and 1938 (72.8, 66.9) | 1x Pro-Bowl (38) | 2x All-Pro (35, 38) | 1934 and 1938 NFL Champion | 1935, 1939 and 1941 NFL Championships Appearance

  4. Arnie Herber (1944-1945) | Record: 11-7-2 | 42.8 Cmp% | 1,292 Yds | 15 TD | 16 Int | 1944 Championship Appearance | Hall of Fame Class 1966

  5. Frank Filchock (1946) | Record: 7-3-1 | 51.5 Cmp% | 1,262 Yds | 12 TD | 25 Int | 371 Rush Yds | 2 Rush TD | 1946 NFL Championship Appearance

  6. Charlie Conerly (1948-1961) | Record: 57-31-1 | 50.1 Cmp% | 19,488 Yds | 173 TD | 167 Int | 685 Rush Yds | 10 Rush TD | Led League in Yds/A 1959 (8.8) | Led League in QB Rating 1959 (102.7) | 2x Pro-Bowl (50, 56) | 1956 NFL Champion | 1958, 1959 and 1961 NFL Championship Appearance

  7. Y.A. Tittle (1961-1964) | Record: 32-13-3 | 55.9 Cmp% | 10,439 Yds | 96 TD | 68 Int | 285 Rush Yds | 8 Rush TD | Led League in Cmp% 1963 (60.2%) | Led League in TD 1962 and 1963 (33, 36) | Led League in Yds/A 1963 (8.6) | Led League in QB Rating 1963 (104.8) | 3x Pro-Bowl (61, 62, 63) | 2x All-Pro (62, 63) | 1963 MVP | 1961, 1962 and 1963 NFL Championship Appearance | Hall of Fame Class 1971

  8. Fran Tarkenton (1967-1971) | Record: 33-36 | 55.4 Cmp% | 13,905 Yds | 103 TD | 72 Int | 1,126 Rush Yds | 10 Rush TD | 4x Pro-Bowl (67, 68, 69, 70) | Hall of Fame Class 1986

  9. Phil Simms (1979-1993) | Record: 95-64 | 55.4 Cmp% | 33,462 Yds | 199 TD | 157 Int | 1,252 Rush Yds | 6 Rush TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (85, 93) | 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl Champion

  10. Jeff Hostetler (1985-1992) | Record: 16-9 | 57.8 Cmp% | 4,409 Yds | 20 TD | 12 Int | 704 Rush Yds | 9 Rush TD | 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl Champion

  11. Kerry Collins (1999-2003) | Record: 35-33 | 58.5 Cmp% | 16,875 Yds | 81 TD | 70 Int | 220 Rush Yds | 3 Rush TD | 2000 NFC Champion


RB: Tiki Barber (1997-2006)

4.7 Yds/A | 10,449 Yds | 55 TD | 586 Rec | 5,183 Rec Yds | 12 Rec TD | Led League in YScm 2004 and 2005 (2,096, 2,390) | 3x Pro-Bowl (04, 05, 06) | 1x All-Pro (05)


Tiki Barber is first up at running back. After three seasons primarily as a backup, Tiki took over and became one of the best running backs in the NFL for the next seven seasons. He had at least 1,000 yards in six seasons and at least 1,200 in five. Twice he had double-digit rushing touchdowns and he led the league in yards from scrimmage in both 2004 and 2005. His last three seasons were ridiculous. Over those last three seasons from 2004-2006, Barber averaged 1,680 rushing yards, 9 rushing touchdowns, 54 receptions, 524 receiving yards and 2,204 yards from scrimmage. He was named to three Pro-Bowls and one All-Pro Team as well. Barber abruptly retired after the 2006 season at the top of his game, just missing out the teams Super Bowl victory in 2007.


RB: Frank Gifford (1952-1964)

4.3 Yds/A | 3,609 Yds | 34 TD | 367 Rec | 5,434 Yds | 43 TD | Led League in YScm 1956 (1,422) | 8x Pro-Bowl (53, 54, 55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 63) | 4x All-Pro (55, 56, 57, 59) | 1956 MVP | Hall of Fame All-1950s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1977


I'm going back to the 1950s for the other starting running back, Frank Gifford. Gifford played for the Giants from 1952-1964 and was used in the passing game just as much as he was on the ground. He actually was a receiver for his last three seasons. Three times he had at least 1,100 yards from scrimmage, and he led the league in the category in 1956 with 1,422 yards. He was named to eight Pro-Bowls and four All-Pro Teams as well as the 1956 NFL MVP. Gifford was named to the Hall of Fame All-1950s Team and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1977.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Ken Strong (1933-1935, 1939, 1944-1947) | 3.0 Yds/A | 853 Yds | 10 TD | 17 Rec | 198 Rec Yds | 2 Rec TD | 1x All-Pro (33) | Hall of Fame All-1930s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1967

  2. Tuffy Leemans (1936-1943) | 3.4 Yds/A | 3,132 Yds | 17 TD | 28 Rec | 422 Rec Yds | 3 Rec TD | Led League in Yds 1936 (830) | Led League in Yds/G 1936 and 1940 (69.2, 47.4) | 2x Pro-Bowl (38, 41) | 1x All-Pro (39) | Hall of Fame All-1930s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1978

  3. Ward Cuff (1937-1945) | 5.4 Yds/A | 1,766 Yds | 6 TD | 101 Rec | 1,477 Rec Yds | 12 Rec TD | Led League in Yds/A 1943 and 1944 (6.5, 5.6) | 3x Pro-Bowl (38, 39, 41)

  4. Bill Paschal (1943-1947) | 3.7 Yds/A | 2,057 Yds | 26 TD | 21 Rec | 166 Rec | 4 Rec TD | Led League in Yds 1943 and 1944 (572, 737) | Led League in TD 1943 and 1944 (10, 9) | Led League in Yds/G 1943 and 1944 (63.6, 73.7) | Led League in RRTD 1943 and 1944 (12, 9) | 1x All-Pro (44)

  5. Gene Roberts (1947-1950) | 3.8 Yds/A | 1,904 Yds | 14 TD | 64 Rec | 1,135 Rec Yds | 12 Rec TD | Led League in YScm 1949 (1,345) | Led League in RRTD 1949 (17) | 1x Pro-Bowl (50)

  6. Eddie Price (1950-1955) | 3.9 Yds/A | 3,292 Yds | 20 TD | 75 Rec | 672 Rec Yds | 4 Rec TD | Led League in Yds 1951 (971) | Led League in Yds/G 1950 and 1951 (70.3, 80.9) | 3x Pro-Bowl (51, 52, 54) | 2x All-Pro (51, 52)

  7. Alex Webster (1955-1964) | 3.9 Yds/A | 4,638 Yds | 39 TD | 240 Rec | 2,679 Rec Yds | 17 Rec TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (58, 61)

  8. Joe Morrison (1959-1972) | 3.7 Yds/A | 2,474 Yds | 18 TD | 395 Rec | 4,993 Yds | 47 TD | Led League in Yds/Tch 1966 and 1969 (8.8, 6.8)

  9. Tucker Frederickson (1965-1971) | 3.4 Yds/A | 2,209 Yds | 9 TD | 128 Rec | 1,011 Rec Yds | 8 Rec TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (65)

  10. Ron Johnson (1970-1975) | 3.6 Yds/A | 3,836 Yds | 33 TD | 189 Rec | 1,813 Rec Yds | 15 Rec TD | Led League in YScm 1970 (1,514) | Led League in RRTD 1972 (14) | 2x Pro-Bowl (70, 72) | 1x All-Pro (70)

  11. Joe Morris (1982-1988) | 4.0 Yds/A | 5,296 Yds | 48 TD | 98 Rec | 884 Rec Yds | 2 Rec TD | Led League in TD 1985 (21) | Led League in RRTD 1985 (21) | 2x Pro-Bowl (85, 86) | 1x All-Pro (86)

  12. Ottis Anderson (1986-1992) | 3.2 Yds/A | 2,274 Yds | 35 TD | 77 Rec | 567 Rec Yds | 1989 Comeback Player of the Year

  13. Rodney Hampton (1990-1997) | 3.8 Yds/A | 6,897 Yds | 49 TD | 174 Rec | 1,309 Rec Yds | 2 Rec TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (92, 93)

  14. Brandon Jacobs (2005-2011, 2013) | 4.5 Yds/A | 5,087 Yds | 60 TD | 82 Rec | 743 Rec Yds | 4 Rec TD

  15. Ahmad Bradshaw (2007-2012) | 4.6 Yds/A | 4,232 Yds | 32 TD | 132 Rec | 1,087 Rec Yds | 3 Rec TD


WR: Amani Toomer (1996-2008)

668 Rec | 9,497 Yds | 54 TD


Amani Toomer is the franchise record holder in receptions, yards and touchdowns. He had over 1,00 yards receiving in five seasons and was one of the main targets in New York for over a decade. He had a very similar career to New Orleans' Marques Colston. They're both the franchise record holders in every category, won a Super Bowl, but were never voted to a Pro-Bowl or All-Pro Team.


WR: Odell Beckham Jr. (2014-2018)

390 Rec | 5,476 Yds | 44 TD | Led League in Yds/G 2014 (108.8) | Led League in Yds/Tch 2016 (13.5) | 3x Pro-Bowl (14, 15, 16) | 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year


Odell Beckham Jr. only spent five seasons in New York, but he was one of the most dominant receivers in the NFL during that span. Four times he had at least 1,000 yards and three times he had over 10 touchdowns. He led the league in yards per game in his rookie season and led the league in yards per touch in 2016. He was voted to three Pro-Bowls and named the 2014 Offensive Rookie of the Year.


WR: Del Shofner (1961-1967)

239 Rec | 4,315 Yds | 35 TD | 3x Pro-Bowl (61, 62, 63) | 3x All-Pro (61, 62, 63) | Hall of Fame All-1960s Team


Del Shoffner is a forgotten name in NFL history, but he deserves more love from football enthusiast and Hall of Fame voters. Shoffner had three seasons of at least 1,100 yards and twice he had over 10 touchdowns. Don't forget that this was during 14 game seasons. He was named to the Pro-Bowl and All-Pro Team three straight times from 1961-1963 and he was also named to the Hall of Fame All-1960s Team. Homer Jones was a very close second for this spot.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Ray Flaherty (1929-1935) | 41 Rec | 626 Yds | 15 TD | Led League in Rec 1932 (21) | Led League in Yds 1932 (350) | Led League in Yds/Rec 1932 (16.7) | Led League in TD 1932 (5) | Led League in Yds/G 1932 (29.2) | 2x All-Pro (29, 32)

  2. Red Badgro (1930-1935) | 32 Rec | 501 Yds | 6 TD | Led League in Rec 1934 (16) | Hall of Fame Class 1981

  3. Jim Poole (1937-1941, 1945-1946) | 59 Rec | 813 Yds | 11 TD | 3x Pro-Bowl (38, 39, 40) | 2x All-Pro (39, 46)

  4. Kyle Rote (1951-1961) | 300 Rec | 4,797 Yds | 48 TD | 4x Pro-Bowl (53, 54, 55, 56)

  5. Bob Schnelker (1954-1960) | 183 Rec | 3,232 Yds | 29 TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (58, 59)

  6. Joe Morrison (1959-1972) | 395 Rec | 4,993 Yds | 47 TD | Led League in Yds/Tch 1966 and 1969 (8.8, 6.8)

  7. Homer Jones (1964-1969) | 214 Rec | 4,485 Yds | 35 TD | Led League in TD 1965 (13) | Led League in RRTD 1965 (14) | 2x Pro-Bowl (67, 68)

  8. Chris Calloway (1992-1998) | 334 Rec | 4,710 Yds | 27 TD

  9. Plaxico Burress (2005-2008) | 244 Rec | 3,681 Yds | 33 TD

  10. Victor Cruz (2010-2014, 2016) | 303 Rec | 4,549 Yds | 25 TD | 1x Pro-Bowl (12)


TE: Jeremy Shockey (2002-2007)

371 Rec | 4,228 Yds | 27 TD | 4x Pro-Bowl (02, 03, 05, 06) | 1x All-Pro (02)


This spot came down to two people, Jeremy Shockey or Mark Bavaro. I ultimately gave the edge to Shockey. Shockey had at least 600 yards in five of his six seasons and over 500 yards in all six. It's this consistency that gives him the edge over Bavaro who had a shorter, but maybe more dominant peak. Shockey was named to four Pro-Bowls, as well as being named All-Pro in his rookie season. He had a career high 894 yards in 2002 and seven touchdowns in both 2005 and 2006.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Aaron Thomas (1962-1970) | 247 Rec | 4,253 Yds | 35 TD | Led League in Yds/Rec 1965 (23.4) | 1x Pro-Bowl (64)

  2. Bob Tucker (1970-1977) | 327 Rec | 4,376 Yds | 22 TD

  3. Mark Bavaro (1985-1990) | 266 Rec | 3,722 Yds | 28 TD | 2x Pro-Bowl (86, 87) | 2x All-Pro (86, 87)


OT: Rosey Brown (1953-1965)

Started 159 of 162 Games | 9x Pro-Bowl (55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 64, 65) | 6x All-Pro (56, 57, 58, 59, 61, 62) | Hall of Fame All-1950s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1975


Rosey Brown is the obvious choice at offensive tackle. He started just under 160 games with the giants from 1953-1965, including starting every game in eight different seasons. Brown was voted to nine Pro-Bowls and six All-Pro Teams on his way to being named to the Hall of Fame All-1950s Team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1975.


OT: David Diehl (2003-2013)

Started 160 of 164 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (09)


David Diehl will man down the other offensive tackle position. Diehl started every game in eight seasons on his way to starting over 160 games with the Giants. He was a member of both 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl winning teams and was named to his lone Pro-Bowl in 2009.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Steve Owen (1926-1933) | Started 66 of 79 Games | 1x All-Pro (27) | Hall of Fame All-1920s Team

  2. Cal Hubbard (1927-1928) | Started 24 of 29 Games | 1x All-Pro (27) | Hall of Fame All-1920s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1963

  3. Lee Grant (1930-1937) | Started 68 of 92 Games | 2x All-Pro (31, 32)

  4. Frank Cope (1938-1947) | Started 61 of 98 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (38, 40) | 1x All-Pro (45) | Hall of Fame All-1930s Team

  5. Al Blozis (1942-1944) | Started 23 of 23 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (42) | 1x All-Pro (43) | Hall of Fame All-1940s Team

  6. Tex Coulter (1946-1952) | Started 55 of 69 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (51, 52)

  7. Willie Young (1966-1975) | Started 199 of 135 Games

  8. Brad Benson (1978-1987) | Started 123 of 137 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (86)

  9. Doug Riesenberg (1987-1995) | Started 122 of 135 Games

  10. Jumbo Elliott (1988-1995) | Started 98 of 112 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (93)

  11. Luke Petitgout (1999-2006) | Started 106 of 113 Games

  12. Kareem McKenzie (2005-2011) | Started 105 of 105 Games


OG: Chris Snee (2004-2013)

Started 141 of 141 Games | 4x Pro-Bowl (08, 09, 10, 12) | 1x All-Pro (08)

Another member of the 2000s Giants is up at offensive guard. Chris Snee started over 140 games with the Giants from 2004-2013, including starting every game in seven seasons. Snee was voted to four Pro-Bowls and the 2008 All-Pro Team. He was also a member of two Super Bowl winning teams.


OG: William Roberts (1984-1994)

Started 127 of 151 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (90)


This spot came down to William Roberts and Doug Van Horn. I'm going with Roberts. He started over 120 games with the Giants from 1984-1994 and started every game in four seasons. He was a member of two Super Bowl winning teams and voted to his lone Pro-Bowl in 1990. Doug Van Horn was great as well and started more games, but I believe Roberts being an integral piece to two Super Bowl winning teams gives him the edge.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Butch Gibson (1930-1934) | Started 45 of 67 Games | 1x All-Pro (31)

  2. Orville Tuttle (1937-1941, 1946) | Started 42 of 60 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (38, 39)

  3. Len Younce (1941-1948) | Started 57 of 65 Games | 1x All-Pro (44) | Hall of Fame All-1940s Team

  4. Bill Austin (1949-1957) | Started 60 of 76 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (54)

  5. Jack Stroud (1953-1964) | Started 110 of 132 Games | 3x Pro-Bowl (55, 57, 60)

  6. Darrell Dess (1959-1964, 1966-1969) | Started 89 of 120 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (62, 63)

  7. Doug Van Horn (1968-1979) | Started 153 of 158 Games

  8. Billy Ard (1981-1988) | Started 106 of 113 Games

  9. Ron Stone (1996-2001) | Started 92 of 92 Games | 2x Pro-Bowl (00, 01)


C: Mel Hein (1931-1945)

Started 153 of 170 Games | 4x Pro-Bowl (38, 39, 40, 41) | 5x All-Pro (34, 35, 38, 39, 40) | Hall of Fame All-1930s Team | 1938 MVP | Hall of Fame Class 1963


At center I'm going all the way back to just the second decade of the NFL. Mel Hein started over 150 games with the Giants from 1931-1945 and was voted to four Pro-Bowls and five All-Pro Teams. Hein was even named the league MVP in 1938. He was named to the Hall of Fame All-1930s Team and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1963.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Ray Wietecha (1953-1962) | Started 122 of 124 Games | 4x Pro-Bowl (57, 58, 60, 62) | 1x All-Pro (58)

  2. Greg Larson (1961-1973) | Started 153 of 179 Games | 1x Pro-Bowl (68)

  3. Bart Oates (1985-1993) | Started 136 of 140 Games | 3x Pro-Bowl (90, 91, 93)

  4. Shaun O’Hara (2004-2010) | Started 97 of 97 Games | 3x Pro-Bowl (08, 09, 10)


DE: Michael Strahan (1993-2007)

4 Int | 24 FF | 15 FR | 141.5 Sk | 854 Tackles | 131 TFL | Led League in FF 2001 (6) | Led League in Sk 2001 and 2003 (22.5, 18.5) | Led League in TFL 2001, 2003 and 2005 (24, 23, 18) | 7x Pro-Bowl (97, 98, 99, 01, 02, 03, 05) | 4x All-Pro (97, 98, 01, 03) | 2001 Defensive Player of the Year | Hall of Fame All-2000s Team | Hall of Fame Class 2014

No surprise, Michael Strahan is the starting defensive end. Strahan is one of the greatest pass rushers in NFL history. He still holds the official record for sacks in a season with 22.5 sacks in 2001. Strahan also led the league in sacks in 2003, forced fumbles in 2001 and tackled for loss in 2001, 2003 and 2005. He had at least 10 sacks in six different seasons and was voted to seven Pro-Bowls and four All-Pro Teams. Strahan was named the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year after he broke the single seasons in sacks as well. He was able to retire a Super Bowl champion following the 2007 season and was named to the Hall of Fame All-2000s Team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.


DE: Andy Robustelli (1956-1964)

9 FR | 52.5 Sk | 5x Pro-Bowl (56, 57, 59, 60, 61) | 4x All-Pro (56, 58, 59, 60) | 1962 Bert Bell | Hall of Fame Class 1971


From one Hal of Famer to the next. Andy Robustelli racked up over 50 sacks during his nine seasons with the Giants. We don't know what his true total in sacks is as we only have reliable stats for sacks starting in 1960. He was voted to five Pro-Bowls and four All-Pro Teams and was even named the 1962 Bert Bell Player of the Year. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1971. The Giants have had many other great defensive ends in their history, including Jim Katcavage, Leonard Marshall, Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, just to name a few.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Roy Poole (1947-1952) | 3 Int | 11 FR | Led League in FR 1950 (5) | 1x Pro-Bowl (50)

  2. Jim Katcavage (1956-1968) | 1 Int | 19 FR | 91.5 Sk | Led League in Sk 1962 and 1963 (16, 20.5) | 3x Pro-Bowl (61, 62, 63) | 2x All-Pro (61, 63)

  3. Jack Gregory (1972-1978) | 4 FR | 65 Sk | Led League in Sk 1972 (18.5) | 1x Pro-Bowl (72)

  4. George Martin (1975-1988) | 3 Int | 15 FR | 96 Sk

  5. Leonard Marshall (1983-1992) | 2 Int | 9 FF | 5 FR | 79.5 Sk | 660 Tackles | 2x Pro-Bowl (85, 86)

  6. Osi Umenyiora (2003-2012) | 32 FF | 13 FR | 75 Sk | 391 Tackles | 70 TFL | Led League in FF 2010 (10) | 2x Pro-Bowl (05, 07) | 1x All-Pro (05)

  7. Justin Tuck (2005-2013) | 2 Int | 18 FF | 6 FR | 60.5 Sk | 451 Tackles | 88 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (08, 10) | 1x All-Pro (08)

  8. Mathis Kiwanuka (2006-2014) | 3 Int | 13 FF | 3 FR | 38.5 Sk | 412 Tackles | 69 TFL

  9. Jason Pierre-Paul (2010-2017) | 2 Int | 13 FF | 7 FR | 58.5 Sk | 432 Tackles | 87 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (11, 12) | 1x All-Pro (11)


DT: Arnie Weinmeister (1950-1953)

8 FR | 4x Pro-Bowl (50, 51, 52, 53) | 4x All-Pro (49, 50, 51, 52, 53) | Hall of Fame Class 1984


As we move to the inside of the defensive line, we come to another Hall of Famer, Arnie Weinmeister. It's hard to get the full picture of how great he was as defensive stats were not recorded during his era. Weinmeister was voted to four straight Pro-Bowls and All-Pro Teams from 1950-1953 and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1984.


DT: Rosey Grier (1955-1962)

11 FR | 15.5 Sk | 2x Pro-Bowl (56, 60) | 1x All-Pro (56)

Rosey Grier will man down the other defensive tackle position for the Giants. His career picture isn't complete either as we don't have sack totals for his five seasons. We do know he had a career high nine sacks in 1961. Grier was voted to two Pro-Bowls and one All-Pro Team.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Al DeRogatis (1949-1952) | 4 FR | 2x Pro-Bowl (50, 51) | 1x All-Pro (51)

  2. Jon Baker (1949-1952) | 3 FR | 2x Pro-Bowl (51, 52)

  3. Ray Krouse (1951-1955) | 3 FR | 1x Pro-Bowl (54)

  4. Jim Burt (1981-1988) | 10 FR | 18 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (86)

  5. Erik Howard (1986-1994) | 2 FF | 9 FR | 30.5 Sk | 350 Tackles | 1x Pro-Bowl (90)

  6. Keith Hamilton (1992-2003) | 8 FF | 14 FR | 63 Sk | 545 Tackles | 37 TFL


LB: Lawrence Taylor (1981-1993)

9 Int | 11 FR | 142 Sk | Led League in Sk 1986 (20.5) | 10x Pro-Bowl (81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, 88, 89, 90) | 8x All-Pro (81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 88, 89) | 1986 MVP | 1981, 1982 and 1986 Defensive Player of the Year | 1981 Defensive Rookie of the Year | 1986 Bert Bell | Hall of Fame All-1980s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1999


Lawrence Taylor is maybe the greatest defender of all time, regardless of position. Taylor had at least 10 sacks in seven different seasons and holds the franchise record in career sacks with 142. He was voted to 10 Pro-Bowls and eight All-Pro Teams and was even named the 1986 MVP. Taylor was also named the 1981 Defensive Rookie of the Year and the 1981, 1982 and 1986 Defensive Player of the Year. No surprise he was also named to the Hall of Fame All-1980s Team and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1999.

LB: Harry Carson (1976-1988)

11 Int | 14 FR | 19 Sk | 9x Pro-Bowl (78, 79, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87) | Hall of Fame Class 2006

Another Hall of Famer is up at linebacker in Harry Carson. Carson was a long-time teammate of Lawrence Taylor, making one of the greatest linebacker duos of all time. He was voted to nine different Pro-Bowls and won a Super Bowl with the team in 1986. Carson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.

LB: Sam Huff (1956-1963)

18 Int | 11 FR | 14.5 Sk | 4x Pro-Bowl (58, 59, 60, 61) | 2x All-Pro (58, 59) | Hall of Fame All-1950s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1982


Sam Huff is the final linebacker for the Giants, making this team three for three with Hall of Famers at linebacker. Huff was the first great backer for big blue. He intercepted 18 passes and racked up 14 sacks from 1956-1963. The Giants were in the NFL Championship game in six of his eight seasons in New York, although they only managed to win in 1956. Huff was voted to four Pro-Bowls, two All-Pro Teams and the Hall of Fame All-1950s Team. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982. Some other great Giants linebackers include Brad Van Pelt, Carl Banks and Jessie Armstead.


Honorable Mentions

  1. John Cannody (1947-1954) | 14 Int | 10 FR | 2x Pro-Bowl (50, 52)

  2. Brad Van Pelt (1973-1983) | 18 Int | 13 FR | 19.5 Sk | 5x Pro-Bowl (76, 77, 78, 79, 80)

  3. Brian Kelley (1973-1983) | 15 Int | 11 FR | 8.5 Sk

  4. Gary Reasons (1984-1991) | 10 Int | 8 FR | 3.5 Sk

  5. Carl Banks (1984-1992) | 3 Int | 5 FR | 36 Sk | 627 Tackles | 1x Pro-Bowl (87) | 1x All-Pro (87) | Hall of Fame All-1980s Team

  6. Pepper Johnson (1986-1992) | 10 Int | 9 FF | 6 FR | 19 Sk | 579 Tackles | 1x Pro-Bowl (90) | 1x All-Pro (90)

  7. Corey Miller (1991-1997) | 6 Int | 6 FF | 4 FR | 14 Sk | 241 Tackles

  8. Corey Widmer (1992-1999) | 4 Int | 2 FF | 2 FR | 7.5 Sk | 385 Tackles

  9. Jessie Armstead (1993-2001) | 12 Int | 11 FF | 5 FR | 30.5 Sk | 778 Tackles | 45 TFL | Led League in TFL 1999 (21) | 5x Pro-Bowl (97, 98, 99, 00, 01) | 1x All-Pro (97)

  10. Antonio Pierce (2005-2009) | 4 Int | 6 FF | 7 FR | 7 Sk | 491 Tackles | 34 TFL | 1x Pro-Bowl (06)

CB: Dick Lynch (1959-1966)

35 Int | 10 FR | 2 Sk | Led League in Int 1961 and 1963 (9, 9) | 1x Pro-Bowl (63) | 1x All-Pro (63)


Now on to the secondary. First up is Dick Lynch. Lynch spent eight seasons in New York from 1959-1966, racking up 35 interceptions. He led the league in interceptions in both 1961 and 1963 with nine picks in both seasons. Lynch had at least four interceptions in five seasons and was named to the Pro-Bowl and All-Pro Team in 1963. How he didn't make the Pro-Bowl in 1961 is anyone's guess.


CB: Mark Haynes (1980-1985)

13 Int | 3 FR | 3x Pro-Bowl (82, 83, 84) | 2x All-Pro (82, 84)


Mark Haynes will man down the other cornerback position. He only intercepted 13 passes during his six seasons in New York, but he was a great shutdown corner. Quarterbacks didn't want to even try throwing it to his side of the field. He did intercept seven passes in 1984 and was voted to three straight Pro-Bowls from 1982-1984 and both the 1982 and 1984 All-Pro Teams.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Erich Barnes (1961-1964) | 18 Int | 7 FR | 4x Pro-Bowl (61, 62, 63, 64)

  2. Willie Williams (1967-1973) | 35 Int | 6 FR | 1 Sk | Led League in Int 1968 (10) | 1x Pro-Bowl (69)

  3. Percy Williams (1984-1993) | 18 Int | 8 FR | 5 Sk

  4. Mark Collins (1986-1993) | 17 Int | 4 FF | 7 FR | 3.5 Sk | 515 Tackles

  5. Jason Sehorn (1994-2002) | 19 Int | 10 FF | 4 FR | 5.5 Sk | 418 Tackles | 10 TFL

  6. Corey Webster (2005-2013) | 20 Int | 7 FF | 3 FR | 2 Sk | 375 Tackles | 8 TFL

S: Emlen Tunnell (1948-1958)

74 Int | 15 FR | Led League in FR 1952 (6) | 8x Pro-Bowl (50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57) | 4x All-Pro (51, 52, 55, 56) | Hall of Fame All-1950s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1967

One of the greatest safeties of all time gets the starting spot here. Emlen Tunnell intercepted an absurd 74 passes during his 11 seasons in New York. He had at least six interceptions in his first 10 seasons and had a career high of 10 picks in 1949. His 79 career interceptions are still currently the second most in NFL history. Tunnell was voted eight straight Pro-Bowls from 1950-1957 and four total All-Pro Teams. He was named to the Hall of Fame All-1950s Team and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1967.


S: Jimmy Patton (1955-1966)

52 Int | 15 FR | 3.5 Sk | Led League in Int 1958 (11) | 5x Pro-Bowl (58, 59, 60, 61, 62) | 5x All-Pro (58, 59, 60, 61, 62)


Jimmy Patton will start at the other safety position. Patton intercepted a whopping 52 passes during his 12 seasons, including leading the league in 1958 with 11. He was voted to Five straight Pro-Bowls and All-Pro Teams from 1958-1962).

Honorable Mentions

  1. Tom Landry (1950-1955) | 31 Int | 10 FR | 1x Pro-Bowl (54) | 1x All-Pro (54)

  2. Spider Lockhart (1965-1975) | 41 Int | 16 FR | 8.5 Sk | Led League in FR 1967 (4) | 2x Pro-Bowl (66, 68)

  3. Terry Kinard (1983-1989) | 27 Int | 6 FR | 3 Sk | 1x Pro-Bowl (88)

  4. Antrel Rolle (2010-2014) | 14 Int | 5 FF | 5 FR | 2.5 Sk | 464 Tackles | 18 TFL | 2x Pro-Bowl (10, 13)

  5. Landon Collins (2015-2018) | 8 Int | 3 FF | 3 FR | 4 Sk | 437 Tackles | 22 TFL | 3x Pro-Bowl (16, 17, 18)


K: Lawrence Tynes (2007-2012)

83.6 FG% | 53 Long | 586 Points


Lawrence Tynes is the starting kicker for the All-Time Giants. Tynes made 83.5% of his field goal attempts from 2007-2012 and was a member of both 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl winning teams.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Pete Gogolak (1966-1974) | 57.5 FG% | 54 Long | 646 Points

  2. Brad Deluiso (1992-2000) | 76.9 FG% | 54 Long | 526 Points

P: Sean Landeta (1985-1993)

22,806 Punt Yds | 71 Long | 43.4 Yds/Punt | 2x Pro-Bowl (86, 90) | 3x All-Pro (86, 89, 90) | Hall of Fame All-1980s Team | Hall of Fame All-1990s Team


Sean Landeta is the obvious choice at punter for the Giants. He averaged over 43 yards per punt from 1985-1993 and was named to two Pro-Bowls and three All-Pro Teams. Landeta was even named to both the Hallof Fame All-1980s and All-1990s Team and was a member of two Super Bowl winning teams. It's worth noting that Dave Jennings is also one of the better punters in NFL history as well.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Don Chandler (1956-1964) | 23,019 Punt Yds | 74 Long | 43.8 Yds/Punt | Led League in Punt Yds 1958 (2,859) | Led League in Long 1958 (67)

  2. Dave Jennings (1974-1984) | 38,792 Punt Yds | 73 Long | 41.7 Yds/Punt | Led League in Punt Yds 1979 and 1980 (4,445, 4,211) | Led League in Yds/Punt 1980 (44.8) | 4x Pro-Bowl (78, 79, 80, 82) | 2x All-Pro (79, 80)

  3. Jeff Feagles (2003-2009) | 21,161 Punt Yds | 61 Long | 41.2 Yds/Punt | 1x Pro-Bowl (08)


Returner: Dave Meggett (1989-1994)

2,230 Punt Rt Yds | 6 Punt Rt TD | 11 Yds/Punt Rt | 2,989 Kick Rt Yds | 1 Kick Rt TD | 20.5 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Punt Rt Yds 1989 and 1990 (582, 467) | Led League in Punt Rt TD 1989, 1990 and 1994 (1, 1, 2) | Led League in Punt Long 1989 (76) | 1x Pro-Bowl (89)

Dave Meggett is one of the best returners in NFL history, hands down. He seems to be a little forgotten about when talking about the all-time greats. Meggett has over 2,000 yards in both punt and kick returns and returned six punts back for a touchdown and one kick back for a touchdown as well. He led the league in punt return yards twice, punt return touchdowns three times and punt return long once as well. He surprisingly was only voted to one Pro-Bowl, coming in 1989.


Honorable Mention

  1. Emlen Tunnell (1948-1958) | 2,206 Punt Rt Yds | 5 Punt Rt TD | 8.6 Yds/Punt Rt | 1,215 Kick Rt Yds | 1 Kick Rt TD | 26.4 Yds/Kick Rt | Led League in Punt Rt Yds 1951 and 1952 (489, 411) | Led League in Kick Rt TD 1951 (1) | Led League in Kick Rt Long 1951 (100) | 8x Pro-Bowl (50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56, 57) | 4x All-Pro (51, 52, 55, 56) | Hall of Fame All-1950s Team | Hall of Fame Class 1967


Head Coach: Bill Parcells (1983-1990)

Regular Season: 77-49-1 | 61 W-L% | Playoffs: 8-3 | 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl Champion | 1986 Coach of the Year | Hall of Fame Class 2013


The Giants have a bunch of great head coaches in their history. Bill Parcells is the leader of the bunch. He led the Giants to six winning seasons and five playoff appearances and most importantly two Super Bowl victories, coming in 1986 and 1990. He holds a stellar record of 8-3 in the playoffs and was named the 1986 Coach of the Year and inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2013. Steve Owen is a close second, he's the franchise leader in wins and guided the Giants to eight championship game appearances. Yes eight, but he only won two and it was during a time when the league only had an average of 10 teams, so Parcells still gets the edge.


Honorable Mentions

  1. Earl Potteiger (1927-1928) | Regular Season: 15-8-3 | 65.2 W-L% | 1927 NFL Champion

  2. Steve Owen (1930-1953) | Regular Season: 153-100-17 | 60.5 W-L% | Playoffs: 2-8 | 1934 and 1938 NFL Champion | 1933, 1935, 1939, 1941, 1944 and 1946 NFL Championship Appearance | Hall of Fame Class 1966

  3. Jim Lee Howell (1954-1960) | Regular Season: 53-27-4 | 66.3 W-L% | Playoffs: 2-2 | 1956 NFL Champion | 1958 and 1959 NFL Championship Appearance

  4. Allie Sherman (1961-1968) | Regular Season: 57-51-4 | 52.8 W-L% | Playoffs: 0-3 | 1961 and 1962 Coach of the Year | 1961, 1962 and 1963 NFL Championship Appearance

  5. Jim Fassel (1997-2003) | Regular Season: 58-53-1 | 52.2 W-L% | Playoffs: 2-3 | 1997 Coach of the Year | 2000 NFC Champion

  6. Tom Coughlin (2004-2015) | Regular Season: 102-90 | 53.1 W-L% | Playoffs: 8-3 | 2007 and 2011 Super Bowl Champion


2 Comments


Chris Bonneu
Chris Bonneu
Feb 13, 2023

Bennie Friedmann is an interesting case. Not much in the way of records were kept back in his day so we have to rely mostly on eyewitness testimony about how good he was. From what I've read he was the first of the truly outstanding QBs in the NFL. Sometimes I wonder how he'd have done a few years later when the ball was better suited to throwing than it was in his day.

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Chris Bonneu
Chris Bonneu
Feb 13, 2023

Another (F)S to consider: Otto Schnellbacher

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