Watch: Jennings inducted into Ring of Honor

Posted Jun 19, 2013

Former All-Pro punter Dave Jennings was inducted into the Giants Ring of Honor in 2011

Giants Ring of Honor Inductees

Tim Mara

Wellington Mara

Jack Mara

Bob Tisch

George Young

Steve Owen

Jim Lee Howell

Bill Parcells

Frank Gifford

Harry Carson

Lawrence Taylor

Phil Simms

Michael Strahan

George Martin

Sam Huff

Y.A. Tittle

Jessie Armstead

Amani Toomer

Tiki Barber

Ken Strong

Pete Gogolak

Andy Robustelli

Tuffy Leemans

Al Blozis

Mel Hein

Roosevelt Brown

Emlen Tunnell

Charlie Conerly

Dick Lynch

Joe Morrison

Alex Webster

Brad Van Pelt

Carl Banks

Mark Bavaro

Dave Jennings

2011 Ring of Honor Inductees

Alex Webster
Webster played his entire 10-year career (1955-64) for the Giants. He played in 109 games and
47 years after his retirement, he is fourth on the Giants’ career lists with 4,638 rushing yards and 1,196 carries. He also caught 240 passes for 2,679 yards and scored 56 touchdowns (39 rushing, 17 receiving). Webster was the second-leading rusher and scorer and the third-leading receiver for the 1956 NFL champion Giants. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1958 and 1961, when he ran for a career-high 928 yards. Webster was the Giants’ head coach from 1969-73.

Brad Van Pelt
Van Pelt played for the Giants from 1973-83, when the team had only one winning record, but he was one of the team’s very best players. Van Pelt joined 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 - Bill Arnsparger, John McVay, Ray Perkins and Bill Parcells. He had 16 interceptions for the Giants. Van Pelt died on Feb. 17, 2009.

Carl Banks

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. Banks played in 126 regular season games and had 36.0 sacks, three interceptions and approximately 500 tackles. Banks is still closely affiliated with the Giants; since 2007, he has been an analyst on the Giants’ radio broadcasts.

Mark Bavaro
Bavaro is one of the finest all-around tight ends in Giants history. An outstanding blocker, he is also 10th on the franchise’s career list with 266 receptions and 15th with 3,722 yards. Bavaro was a starter on the Giants’ 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl championship teams and a Pro Bowler in 1986 and ‘87. In the Giants’ first Super Bowl season, Bavaro led the team with 66 catches – twice as many as any teammate – for 1,001 yards to become the only tight end in Giants history with 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Dave Jennings
Jennings is the most prolific punter in Giants history. A member of the team from 1974-84, Jennings holds the franchise records for punts (931) and yards (38,792). He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1978, ‘79, ‘80 and ‘82. He punted a career-high 104 times in 1979, twice punted for more than 4,000 yards in a season and had a career-best 44.8-yard average in 1980.


Approximately 1,600 players have suited up for the Giants in their 86-year history. Those players have performed for 16 head coaches. Twenty-nine members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame have ties to the Giants, either because they played all or part of their careers with the team, or were Giants coaches or owners.

The Giants, however, never have had their own place to honor the franchise's greatest and most influential figures. Until now. One of the greatest features in the New Meadowlands Stadium is the Legacy Club, which is devoted to the franchise‘s storied history. The Legacy Club, presented by New York-Presbyterian Hospital, houses the greatest collection of Giants artifacts and memorabilia ever assembled in one place. Fans can relive more than eight decades of Giants history through a stunning visual experience featuring interactive video screens, including Giants highlights and interviews with the franchise's legendary players, coaches, and owners. There are displays with historic game-worn jerseys and helmets and many never before seen artifacts. In addition, all of the Giants' Super Bowl and NFC Championship trophies are on display.

The Giants took another step in acknowledging their tremendous history with the unveiling of their Ring of Honor. The Ring recognizes 30 prominent men who have helped the Giants win seven NFL championships and almost 650 games. The members of the Ring of Honor were selected by the Giants organization based on their contributions to the success and history of the franchise, whether they were players on the field, coaches on the sideline, executives in the front office or owners. Each member of the Ring of Honor played a unique and indelible role in helping make the Giants franchise one of the most successful in NFL history.

"The Ring of Honor and a Hall of Fame are elements that have been discussed for quite some time," said John Mara, the Giants President and Chief Executive Officer. "For many years fans have asked us why we had neither, and our response always was that we would when either Giants Stadium undergoes a refurbishing or we have a new stadium. So it was important that we have one or the other in our new building, and it has worked out that we now have both a Ring of Honor and a Legacy Club to recognize the great players and coaches and others who have made our organization what it is."

"The Ring of Honor and the Legacy Club are great reminders for all of us of the responsibility we have in upholding the tradition of those who came before us," said Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. "It is with tremendous gratitude that we recognize the 30 individuals who are being inducted for their contributions to our organization."

The Ring of Honor will be displayed in the end zones of the New Meadowlands Stadium at every Giants home game.

Read what some former Giants greats have to say about being inducted:

Phil Simms on Ring of Honor
Michael Strahan Excited to be Honored
Tiki Barber Honored
Frank Gifford Proud to be Honored