Top NYG FA Signings: #5 - Shaun O'Hara

Posted Mar 11, 2013 counts down the Giants' All-Time best Free Agent signings. Coming in at number five is center Shaun O'Hara.

 Number 5: C Shaun O’Hara

After walking on as a tight end at Rutgers and making it to the pros as an undrafted rookie free agent with Cleveland, O’Hara joined the Giants in 2004 -- the same year Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning arrived. The center, who spent the final seven seasons of his 11-year career with the Giants, was one of the five captains on the 2007 team that won Super Bowl XLII and became one of the just three centers in Giants history to be selected to at least three Pro Bowls (joining Ray Wietecha and Bart Oates). O’Hara started all 97 games he played in a Giants uniform from 2004-2010 and officially announced his retirement this past September.

“We were very proud to have Shaun O’Hara with us through the early years and the first Super Bowl,” Coughlin said at the time of his retirement. “Of course, he’s been not only an outstanding football player, but a great citizen for the New York Giants and he has the personality and he keeps them stirred up and he seems to really enjoy the camaraderie that exists - particularly with his offensive linemen, but also with his team. He’s very bright. He always made all the calls. He’s very tough. He’s played through some things in his career that a normal athlete might not play with and we admire that greatly in him.

“We’re so proud and happy that when the decision came for Shaun and he was in free agency that he came with the New York Giants and he certainly made the best of that and he’s talking now about retiring as a New York Giant and I’m sure the Mara and the Tisch family couldn’t be happier about that.”

MORE: Shaun O'Hara Photo Gallery | WATCH: Shaun O' Hara 2012 Retirement Speech

Tuesday, 3/12 - #4
Wednesday, 3/13 - #3
Thursday, 3/14 - #2
Friday, 3/15 - #1