The greatest New York Giants of all time

Established in 1925, the New York Giants are one of the oldest franchises in NFL history. They’ve sent 32 individuals to the Hall of Fame in their rich history. Many of them are on this list. Let’s take a look at the best players to play in The Big Apple.

This list was created by measuring each player’s Approximate Value, a Pro Football Reference statistic that’s used to “put a single number on the seasonal value of a player at any position from any year,” according to their website. Awards, stats and records were also considered. Let’s get to it!

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1. Lawrence Taylor (Approximate Value: 192)

Lawrence Taylor (Approximate Value: 192)
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The greatest defensive player of all time, Taylor was drafted with the second overall pick in the 1981 NFL Draft. The outside linebacker could do it all: stop the run, play coverage and get to the quarterback. He’s the last defensive player to win NFL MVP. Overall, he won three Defensive Player of the Year awards, was the Defensive Rookie of the Year and led the Giants to two Super Bowl victories (1986, 1990).

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2. Eli Manning

Eli Manning (AV: 169)
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Manning was born into a football family. His older brother is Peyton and his father is Archie. He was drafted first overall by the San Diego Chargers but refused to play for the team and was traded to New York in exchange for Philip Rivers. A member of the legendary 2004 quarterback draft class, Manning is a four-time Pro Bowler and was named Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year in 2016. He famously beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots twice in the Super Bowl. The David Tyree helmet catch will live on in NFL history forever.

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3. Michael Strahan (AV: 161)

Michael Strahan (AV: 161)USA TODAY Sports

Strahan was part of several scary defenses in the 2000s. In 2001, he set the record for most sacks in a season with 22.5 sacks, winning Defensive Player of the Year. He helped the Giants beat the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants sacked Brady five times in the greatest upset in football history, with Strahan claiming one sack. Since retiring as a Super Bowl champion, Strahan has kept himself busy as a football analyst on FOX Sports.

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