Notables: LB Carl Banks (1984, 1st Rd), LB Brad Van Pelt (1973, 2nd Rd), WR Mark Ingram (1987)
Banks was the third overall selection of the 1984 NFL Draft and played for the Giants through the 1992 season. He was one of the premier run-stoppers of his era, a standout on the teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV, a Pro Bowler in 1987 and a member of the NFL 1980’s All-Decade Team. Van Pelt played for the Giants from 1973-83. Van Pelt was not only one of Big Blue’s best players, but their most versatile and best athlete. Brad joined Harry Carson, Brian Kelley and later Lawrence Taylor to form the famed group of linebackers known as the “Crunch Bunch.” He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl every season from 1976-80. Van Pelt played in 143 games for the Giants in four home stadiums - Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl, Shea Stadium and Giants Stadium – and for five head coaches – Alex Webster, Bill Arnsparger, John McVay, Ray Perkins and Bill Parcells. Mark Ingram's catch-and-run against the Bills in Super Bowl XXV will never be forgotten by Giants fans. He was the game's top Giants receiver with five catches for 77 yards.
SOUTH CAROLINA STATE
Notable: Harry Carson (1976)
Carson played his entire career with the Giants from 1976-88. At Middle Linebacker, he was selected to play in nine Pro Bowls, including seven in a row from 1982-88. Carson led the Giants in tackles six times, was a two-time All-NFL first team selection and was the sole captain of the 1986 Super Bowl champions. Carson joined the Giants as a fourth-round draft choice from South Carolina State, where he never missed a game in four seasons, was a two-year captain and a Little All-America selection by the Associated Press. A defensive end in college, Carson successfully moved to linebacker with the Giants so quickly and so successfully that he was voted to the NFL All-Rookie team. During his prime, Carson was the best run-stopping linebacker in the NFL. He was enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2006.