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The Best New York Giants of All Time

Updated May 2, 2020 65.5k votes 6.8k voters 101.0k views149 items

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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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  • 1
    Lawrence Taylor is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Lawrence Taylor

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceWilliamsburg, Virginia, United States of America

    Age61

    TeamsNorth Carolina Tar Heels football, New York Giants

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  • 2
    Michael Strahan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Michael Strahan

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceHouston, Texas, United States of America

    Age48

    TeamsTexas Southern Tigers football, New York Giants

  • 3
    Harry Carson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Harry Carson

    Defensive end, Linebacker

    BirthplaceFlorence, South Carolina, United States of America

    Age66

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  • 4
    Justin Tuck is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Justin Tuck

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceKellyton, Alabama

    Age37

    TeamsNew York Giants

  • 5
    Carl Banks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Carl Banks

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceFlint, Michigan

    Age58

    TeamsWashington Redskins, Cleveland Browns, New York Giants

  • 6
    Eli Manning is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Eli Manning

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceNew Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

    Age39

    TeamsNew York Giants

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  • 7
    Osi Umenyiora is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Osi Umenyiora

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    Age38

    TeamsAtlanta Falcons, Troy Trojans football, New York Giants

  • 8
    Tiki Barber is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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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#56 of 206 The Best NFL Running Backs of All Time

  • 9
    Chris Snee is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    BirthplaceEdison, New Jersey

    Age38

    TeamsNew York Giants

  • 10
    Phil Simms is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Phil Simms

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceSpringfield, Kentucky, United States of America

    Age65

    TeamsNew York Giants

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    #37 of 252 The Best Quarterbacks Of All Time#11 of 84 The Most Overlooked Quarterbacks of All Time

  • 11
    Victor Cruz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Victor Cruz

    Wide receiver

    BirthplacePaterson, New Jersey

    Age33

    TeamsNew York Giants

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    Leonard Marshall is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Leonard Marshall

    Defensive tackle, Defensive end

    BirthplaceFranklin, Louisiana

    Age58

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    Brad Van Pelt is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Brad Van Pelt

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceOwosso, Michigan

    AgeDied at 58 (1951-2009)

  • 14
    Frank Gifford is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Frank Gifford

    Running back, Cornerback

    BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, United States of America

    Age90

    TeamsUSC Trojans football, New York Giants

  • 15
    Amani Toomer is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Amani Toomer

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceBerkeley, California

    Age46

    TeamsMichigan Wolverines football, New York Giants

  • 16
    Jessie Armstead is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Jessie Armstead

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    Age49

  • 17
    Mark Bavaro is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Mark Bavaro

    Tight end

    BirthplaceWinthrop, Massachusetts

    Age57

    TeamsCleveland Browns, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Giants

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  • 18
    Roosevelt Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Roosevelt Brown

    Offensive tackle
  • 19
    Emlen Tunnell is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Emlen Tunnell

    Return specialist, Safety

    BirthplaceBryn Mawr, Pennsylvania

    AgeDied at 50 (1925-1975)

  • 20
    Jason Pierre-Paul is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Jason Pierre-Paul

    Defensive end

    BirthplaceDeerfield Beach, Florida

    Age31

    TeamsNew York Giants

  • 21
    Carl "Spider" Lockhart is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    83

    BirthplaceDallas, Texas

    AgeDied at 43 (1943-1986)

  • 22
    Tom Coughlin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Tom Coughlin

    Wide receiver

    BirthplaceWaterloo, New York

    Age74

    TeamsSyracuse Orange football

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    Y. A. Tittle is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Y. A. Tittle

    Quarterback

    BirthplaceMarshall, Texas, United States of America

    Age93

    TeamsBaltimore Colts, San Francisco 49ers, New York Giants

  • 24
    Shaun O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Shaun O'Hara

    Guard, Center

    BirthplaceChicago Heights, Illinois

    Age43

    TeamsNew York Giants

  • 25
    Pepper Johnson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best New York Giants of All Time
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    Pepper Johnson

    Linebacker

    BirthplaceDetroit, Michigan

    Age56

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