The Best New York Giants of All Time

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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. 

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  • Lawrence Taylor
    3,943 votes
    • Birthplace: USA, Virginia, Williamsburg
    • Age: 64
    • Teams: North Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

    Lawrence Taylor revolutionized the position of outside linebacker and haunted opponents with relentless energy, instinctive playmaking, and a tenacity that made him an absolute force on the field. Regarded by many as the greatest defensive player in NFL history, Taylor’s impact on the game is still felt today with edge rushers being a premium draft commodity. Often imitated but never duplicated, his legacy remains as one of the true defensive innovators and a cornerstone of the Big Blue Wrecking Crew.

  • Michael Strahan
    Defensive end
    3,214 votes
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
    • Age: 51
    • Teams: Texas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

    Michael Strahan's charisma and determination coupled with his unparalleled skill at the defensive end position made him more than just a dominant force on the field, but also a fan favorite off it. Strahan's signature gap-toothed smile belied the ferocity that he brought to the gridiron, as opposing quarterbacks found themselves constantly under siege from his relentless pursuit. Becoming the heart and soul of the Giants throughout the late 90s and early 2000s, Strahan's leadership and dedication to the game left an indelible mark on the organization and one of the most memorable Super Bowl runs in franchise history.

  • Eli Manning
    3,647 votes
    • Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana
    • Age: 42
    • Teams: New York Giants

    As the epitome of grace under pressure, Eli Manning's unwavering calm and poise in the pocket solidified his status as one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks and a constant thorn in the side of opponents. Manning's uncanny ability to engineer come-from-behind victories and rise to the occasion when it mattered most led the Giants to two improbable Super Bowl wins over the New England Patriots. As the embodiment of what it means to be a New York Giant, Manning's dedication, humility, and professionalism will forever be synonymous with the storied franchise.

  • Carl Banks

    Carl Banks

    1,631 votes
    • Birthplace: Flint, Michigan
    • Age: 61
    • Teams: Washington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

    A key figure of the legendary Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Carl Banks' consummate professionalism and work ethic defined his career as a hard-hitting outside linebacker. Known for his punishing hits and relentless pursuit of the ball, Banks was the quintessential team player who anchored the Giants' defense throughout the glory years of the 1980s. His commitment to excellence left a lasting impact on the franchise and set the standard for future generations of Giants linebackers.

  • Harry Carson
    Defensive end, Linebacker
    2,111 votes
    • Birthplace: USA, Florence, South Carolina
    • Age: 69

    As one of the most fearsome middle linebackers of his era, Harry Carson struck terror into the hearts of opponents with his bone-jarring tackles and unparalleled ferocity on the field. A stalwart of the vaunted Big Blue Wrecking Crew, Carson anchored the heart of the Giants' defense throughout the '70s and '80s, playing a pivotal role in New York's resurgence as an NFL powerhouse. Despite his intimidating presence on the gridiron, Carson's quiet leadership, tireless work ethic, and unwavering dedication to the game made him an invaluable cornerstone of the Giants' defensive unit for over a decade.

  • Frank Gifford
    Running back, Cornerback, Halfback
    1,910 votes
    • Birthplace: USA, California, Santa Monica
    • Age: 93
    • Teams: USC Trojans football, New York Giants

    Considered one of the NFL's original Renaissance men, Frank Gifford dazzled fans and foes alike with his versatile skill set, ability to excel at numerous positions, and unyielding passion for the game. As a consummate team player, Gifford's contributions as a running back, wide receiver, and defensive back solidified his status as a true icon of the game and his offensive prowess was instrumental in securing the 1956 NFL Championship for the Giants. Off the field, Gifford's charm and charisma endeared him to fans and ultimately led to a successful career as one of the most recognizable voices in sports broadcast history.