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NEW YORK'S FINEST
Pete McEntegart
February 13, 2008
The only thing more difficult than assembling this list of Giants would be trying to stop them on the field
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February 13, 2008

New York's Finest

The only thing more difficult than assembling this list of Giants would be trying to stop them on the field

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OFFENSE

QB

PHIL SIMMS

1979-93

Super Bowl XXI MVP (22 for 25) holds almost every major franchise passing record

RB

TIKI BARBER

1997-2006

Versatile back is Giants rushing leader (10,449 yards) and second in receptions (586)

RB

FRANK GIFFORD*

1952-60, '62-64

1956 NFL MVP named to seven Pro Bowls at three positions (HB, DB and WR)

WR

DEL SHOFNER

1961-67

Deep threat (18.1 yards per catch) selected to the All-NFL team of the 1960s

WR

AMANI TOOMER

1996-PRESENT

Dependable WR is team leader in catches, receiving yards and receiving TDs

TE

MARK BAVARO

1985-90

Bullish blocker twice led team in receptions, including 66 in '86 for the Super Bowl champs

T

ROOSEVELT BROWN*

1953-65

A 27th-round draft pick, he was named All-NFL eight straight seasons

T

STEVE OWEN*

1926-31, '33

Four-time All-NFL two-way star later coached Giants to two NFL titles

G

JACK STROUD

1953-64

Made three Pro Bowls at guard before moving to tackle on perennially contending teams

G

DARRELL DESS

1959-64, '66-69

Esquire cover subject (October '65) named to two Pro Bowls while flanking Brown

C

MEL HEIN*

1931-45

Only center to be named NFL MVP, in '38, he never missed a game while playing both ways

DEFENSE

DE

MICHAEL STRAHAN

1993-PRESENT

NFL's single-season sack king also holds the Giants' career mark (141�)

DE

ANDY ROBUSTELLI*

1956-64

Defensive leader helped team get to six title games and was All-NFL five times as Giant

DT

ARNIE WEINMEISTER*

1950-53

Made All-NFL in each of four seasons with team before he was lured to Canadian Football League

LB

LAWRENCE TAYLOR*

1981-93

Revolutionized position—and helped popularize 3-4 defense—with his blazing pass rush

LB

SAM HUFF*

1956-63

Helped glamorize the role of middle linebacker as football gained popularity on television

LB

HARRY CARSON*

1976-88

Heart of '86 Super Bowl defense reached nine Pro Bowls, just one fewer than LT

LB

CARL BANKS

1984-92

Overshadowed by LT, steady outside 'backer was key member of two Super Bowl champs

CB

DICK LYNCH

1959-66

Longtime Giants radio voice twice led the NFL in interceptions ('61, '63)

CB

MARK COLLINS

1986-93

Underrated cover man twice named All-NFL, started for two Super Bowl winners

S

EMLEN TUNNELL*

1948-58

Team's first black player made nine Pro Bowls, had 74 interceptions as a Giant

S

JIMMY PATTON

1955-66

Like Robustelli and Huff, played on all six Eastern Conference champs from '56 to '63

SPECIAL TEAMS

P

DAVE JENNINGS

1974-84

Four-time Pro Bowl pick one of few bright spots on largely forgettable Giants teams

K

PETE GOGOLAK

1966-74

Franchise scoring leader (646 points) blazed trail for soccer-style booters

PR/KR

DAVE MEGGETT

1989-94

Giants' alltime leader in punt return yardage (2,230), second in kickoffs (2,989)

Coach

BILL PARCELLS

1983-90

The Tuna helped resuscitate long-dormant Giants pride while winning two Super Bowls

*Hall of Famer

LAWRENCE TAYLOR
LB

CAREER: 1981-93
HIGHLIGHTS: Made 10 straight Pro Bowls, from 1981 to '90, setting an NFL record

When Taylor retired, he was No. 2 alltime on the NFL's career sack list. LT had his finest season in 1986, with a career-high 20� sacks and 105 tackles. He was named MVP of the league that year as the Giants went on to win the Super Bowl.

FRANK GIFFORD
RB

CAREER: 1952-60, '62-64
HIGHLIGHT: 1956 NFL MVP

The versatile Gifford still holds the Giants' record for touchdowns (78) and is second in yards per rush with at least 500 attempts (4.3). He totaled 9,862 combined yards for his career and scored 484 points, which ranks third in franchise history. Before finishing his career as a flanker, Gifford threw 14 TDs in his halfback heyday.

PHIL SIMMS
QB

CAREER: 1979-93
HIGHLIGHT: MVP of Super Bowl XXI

During his 15-year career Simms had a .597 winning percentage (95-64, including 6-4 in the postseason) as a starter. He still holds 19 franchise records, and his 2,576 completions in 4,647 attempts for 33,462 yards are alltime Giants marks. Simms threw for more than 300 yards in a game 21 times during his career.

ANDY ROBUSTELLI
DE

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