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The Best New York Giants of All Time 

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List Rules Please rank the players only on their time with the Giants

This is a list of the best New York Giants of all time. Formed in 1925, the New York Football Giants are a name as recognizable with the NFL as much as any other team in the league. The Giants are one of the greatest teams of all time. The team has won eight championships, four before the AFL-NFL merger in 1970 and four Super Bowl titles. Some of the greatest defensive players in NFL history have played for the Giants. The team has traditionally relied on stout defenses and a powerful running game. The formative years of the NFL saw some of the best linemen and linebackers play for the team. Hall of Famers from the team's early years includes Sam Huff, Frank Gifford, Rosey Brown, Andy Robustelli and Y.A. Tittle.

After an 18 playoff drought, the Giants' fortunes started to turn in 1981. That year, the team drafted one of its greatest players and perhaps the best linebacker ever in Lawrence Taylor. In addition to Taylor, the team had some of the top Giants in Phil Simms, George Martin and Harry Carson. More recently, the Giants have won multiple Super Bowl titles with quarterback Eli Manning and Justin Tuck captaining the defense. 

This list of the best New York Giants of all time. If you see someone who should be on this list and isn't, feel free to add him. Vote or rerank the list according to who you think is the greatest New York Giants player of all time.
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Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Linebacker from USA, Virginia, Williamsburg

Age: 60

Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

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Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Defensive end from Houston, Texas, United States of America

Age: 47

Teams: Texas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

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Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Quarterback from New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

Age: 38

Teams: New York Giants

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Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Quarterback from Springfield, Kentucky, USA

Age: 61

Teams: New York Giants

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Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Defensive end and Linebacker from Florence, South Carolina, United States of America

Age: 65

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Tiki Barber is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Running back from Blacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

Age: 43

Teams: New York Giants

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Frank Gifford is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Running back and Cornerback from Santa Monica, California, United States of America

Age: 88

Teams: USC Trojans football, New York Giants

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Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Defensive end from Kellyton, Alabama

Age: 32

Teams: New York Giants

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Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Carl Banks Linebacker from Flint, Michigan

Age: 53

Teams: Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

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Mark Bavaro is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Tight end from Winthrop, Massachusetts

Age: 52

Teams: Cleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

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Odell Beckham Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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Age: 26

Teams: Cleveland Browns

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Victor Cruz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Wide receiver from Paterson, New Jersey

Age: 32

Teams: New York Giants

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Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Quarterback from Marshall, Texas, United States of America

Age: 89

Teams: Baltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

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Sam Huff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Linebacker from Farmington, West Virginia

Age: 81

Teams: Washington Redskins, New York Giants

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Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Wide receiver from Berkeley, California

Age: 41

Teams: Michigan Wolverines football, New York Giants

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Osi Umenyiora is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Defensive end from London, United Kingdom

Age: 34

Teams: Atlanta Falcons, Troy Trojans football, New York Giants

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Leonard Marshall is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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Roosevelt Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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Joe Morris is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Joe Morris Running back from Fort Bragg, North Carolina

Age: 55

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Emlen Tunnell is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Return specialist and Safety from Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

Age: Died at 50 (1925-1975)

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Chris Snee is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Guard from Edison, New Jersey

Age: 37

Teams: New York Giants

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Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
Defensive end from Deerfield Beach, Florida

Age: 30

Teams: New York Giants

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Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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Ottis Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time

Age: 58

Teams: Arizona Cardinals, Miami Hurricanes football, New York Giants

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Jessie Armstead is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time