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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. 

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 Taylor1
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    Lawrence Taylor

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceWilliamsburg, Virginia, United States of America

    Age56

    TeamsNorth Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

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    #19 of 80 The Best NFL Player Nicknames#23 of 66 The Most Controversial Athletes in Sports History

  • Michael Strahan2
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    Michael Strahan

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Age44

    TeamsTexas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

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    #8 of 96 The Greatest Defensive Ends of All Time#41 of 52 The Game Show Hosts With The Most

  • Eli Manning3
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    Eli Manning

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age34

    TeamsNew York Giants

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    #923 of 1,427 The Best Athletes Of All Time#47 of 120 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time

  • Carl Banks4
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    Carl Banks

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    Age58

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

  • Harry Carson5
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    413

    Harry Carson

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceFlorence, South Carolina, United States of America

    Age66

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    #80 of 432 The Greatest Defenders in NFL History#34 of 154 The Greatest Linebackers of All Time

  • Osi Umenyiora6
    781
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    Osi Umenyiora

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Age38

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons, Troy Trojans football, New York Giants

  • Tiki Barber7
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    Tiki Barber

    Running back

    BirthplaceBlacksburg, Virginia, United States of America

    Age45

    TeamsNew York Giants

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    #2 of 80 Twins in Sports#57 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

  • Phil Simms8
    1,442
    527

    Phil Simms

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Kentucky, United States of America

    Age61

    TeamsNew York Giants

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    #12 of 45 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '80s#19 of 41 The Best NFL Quarterbacks of the '90s

  • Justin Tuck9
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    Justin Tuck

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceKellyton, Alabama

    Age37

    TeamsNew York Giants

  • Chris Snee10
    589
    149

    BirthplaceEdison, New Jersey

    Age38

    TeamsNew York Giants

  • Frank Gifford11
    1,072
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    Frank Gifford

    Running back, Cornerback

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Age90

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, New York Giants

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    #88 of 150 Athletes You Didn't Know Were Conservative#92 of 214 The Best Wide Receivers of All Time

  • Leonard Marshall12
    590
    184

    Leonard Marshall

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceFranklin, Louisiana

    Age58

  • Mark Bavaro13
    1,123
    415

    Mark Bavaro

    Tight end

    BirthplaceWinthrop, Massachusetts

    Age52

    TeamsCleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

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    #31 of 82 The Best Notre Dame Football Players of All Time#16 of 87 The Greatest Tight Ends Of All Time

  • Victor Cruz14
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    Victor Cruz

    Wide receiver

    BirthplacePaterson, New Jersey

    Age33

    TeamsNew York Giants

  • Amani Toomer15
    740
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    Amani Toomer

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    Age46

    TeamsMichigan Wolverines football, New York Giants

  • Jessie Armstead16
    475
    137

    Jessie Armstead

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age49

  • Emlen Tunnell17
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    203

    Emlen Tunnell

    Return specialist, Safety

    BirthplaceBryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

    AgeDied at 50 (1925-1975)

  • Y. A. Tittle18
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    Y. A. Tittle

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceMarshall, Texas, United States of America

    Age89

    TeamsBaltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

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    #14 of 146 The Best LSU Football Players of All Time#10 of 73 The Best Quarterbacks to Never Win a Super Bowl

  • Brad Van Pelt19
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    Brad Van Pelt

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceOwosso, Michigan

    AgeDied at 58 (1951-2009)

  • Roosevelt Brown20
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    Roosevelt Brown

    Offensive tackle
  • Jason Pierre-Paul21
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    279

    Jason Pierre-Paul

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceDeerfield Beach, Florida

    Age31

    TeamsNew York Giants

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    #21 of 29 Athletes Who Suffered the Most Bizarre Off-Field Injuries#39 of 205 Celebrities Born On New Year's Day

  • Shaun O'Hara22
    280
    65

    Shaun O'Hara

    Guard, Center

    BirthplaceChicago Heights, Illinois

    Age43

    TeamsNew York Giants

  • Tom Coughlin23
    604
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    Tom Coughlin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceWaterloo, New York

    Age74

    TeamsSyracuse Orange football

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    #26 of 61 The Best NFL Coaches of All Time#30 of 63 The Best NFL Head Coaches to Have a Beer With

  • Carl "Spider" Lockhart24
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    88

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    AgeDied at 43 (1943-1986)

  • Pepper Johnson25
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    Pepper Johnson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Age56