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In celebration of the Giants' 100th season, an independent committee of award-winning journalists, NFL and Pro Football Hall of Fame executives, and superfans have ranked the Giants' Top 100 Players. The countdown begins July 9th. Presented by Bud Light.

The "Top 100 Players" Committee: Bob Papa (Chair), Pete Abitante, Ernie Accorsi, Judy Battista, John Berti, Linda Cohn, Vinny DiTrani, Bob Glauber, Joe Horrigan, Jay Horwitz, Peter King, Gary Myers, Paul Schwartz, George Willis.

New York Giants Top 100 Players

81 - Frank Cope

Even though his career had just begun in 1938, Frank Cope was named to the NFL's AllDecade Team of the 1930s. That speaks to the immediate impact he made on the league and on the Giants, whom he helped win the NFL Championship in his first season. Three other Giants (Mel Hein, Alphonse "Tuffy" Leemans, and Ken Strong) made the All-Decades Team of the 1930s, and all of them were eventually elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

By his second season, Cope was gaining attention as one of the NFL's best left tackles and was part of five teams that played in the NFL Championship Game. He was named to the Pro Bowl in 1938 and 1940 and earned firstteam All-Pro honors in 1945. Born on November 19, 1915, in Anaconda, Montana, Cope played collegiately at Santa Clara University in California and was inducted into the school's Hall of Fame in 1972.

82 - Kareem McKenzie

The quintet of Kareem McKenzie, David Diehl, Rich Seubert, Shaun O'Hara, and Chris Snee started 38 consecutive games together, the longest such run by an offensive line since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger. McKenzie manned right tackle for 116 games from 2005 to 2011, including 11 postseason games and victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Originally a third-round draft choice by the Jets in 2001, McKenzie joined the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in 2005. That year, the Giants finished 11–5 and earned their first playoff berth since 2002 and their first NFC East championship since 2000.

McKenzie also helped pave the way for Tiki Barber, who had the greatest season by a running back in Giants history and was selected NFL Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and a first-team AllPro by the Associated Press and Pro Football Weekly. Barber was second in the NFL with a team-record 1,860 rushing yards, shattering the franchise mark of 1,518 he had set in 2004. Barber also had 530 receiving yards to become the only player in NFL history with at least 1,800 rushing yards and 500 receiving yards in the same season. His 2,390 total yards were the second most in NFL history.

In 2005, the Giants became the fifth team in NFL history to have five players score at least seven touchdowns. McKenzie began his football career at Willingboro (N.J.) High School, where he was an All-American and was rated the nation's best prep offensive lineman. McKenzie then played at Penn State University, where he was a three-time All–Big Ten Conference honoree.

83 - Kerry Collins

Kerry Collins played 165 fewer games for the Giants than Eli Manning, 93 fewer than Phil Simms, and 90 fewer than Charlie Conerly – but his name is still etched in the team's record book near the greatest quarterbacks ever to wear a Giants uniform. One of the best free agent signings in franchise history, the former fifth overall pick by the Carolina Panthers signed with the Giants in 1999. He ranks third all-time among Giants quarterbacks in completions (1,447), fourth in yards (16,875), and sixth in touchdown passes (81).

Collins set numerous records for the Giants, none as impressive as his performance in the 41–0 victory over the Minnesota Vikings in the 2000 NFC Championship Game. He threw for 381 yards and five touchdowns, which remain Giants postseason records. "I wanted this game," Collins said after the victory over Minnesota. "You don't know what the future holds, and my attitude was, 'I'm going to take care of today.' All week, people were talking about the matchup of our offense against their defense, but we knew we could throw the ball." "This team was referred to as the worst team ever to win the home-field advantage in the National Football League," Wellington Mara said. "And today, on our field of painted mud, we proved we're the worst team ever to win the NFC championship." ''If anybody has any lingering questions about Kerry Collins,'' coach Jim Fassel said, ''they didn't watch the game today.'' Collins also held the franchise season records for completions and passing yards until Manning came along in 2004, the year following Collins' last game with the team.

84 - Ahmad Bradshaw

Ahmad Bradshaw has likely received more attention and acclaim for landing on his rear end than any player in NFL history. Of course, no one had ever before scored a Super Bowl– winning touchdown by spinning around and crossing the goal line in a sitting position, as Bradshaw did with 57 seconds remaining in Super Bowl XLVI. His six-yard run gave the Giants a 21–17 victory over the New England Patriots and prompted a million imitations. Bradshaw has seen people copy his move in restaurants, airplanes, supermarkets – even on the street. The Patriots defense offered no resistance, because New England's only chance to win was to let Bradshaw score and get the ball back as quickly as possible. Eli Manning realized this and, after handing the ball to Bradshaw, yelled at him not to score. That's why Bradshaw stopped and turned at the goal line. But his momentum carried him into the end zone. "For the record, I heard him," Bradshaw said. "It really didn't click with me until the two-yard line, until I was backwards. I just fell onto the end zone, but it worked out great. I never would think they'd let you score that easy, but I wish every run would be that easy."

The irony in Bradshaw receiving so many plaudits for sitting down on the job is that he would normally be the last man to do so. He was as tough, tenacious, and fearless as any player who wore an NFL uniform. At 5-foot-10 and 214 pounds, Bradshaw could run between the tackles and take on blitzing linebackers all day. "I admire his toughness, and I think he gives of himself," Tom Coughlin said. "He sacrifices, and he's just as physical, really, when you watch him, as any back in the game. You would argue that he seemed to do as well in goal line and short yardage as anybody we've had, and that includes Brandon [Jacobs'] success level. I always think that's a tribute to just the constitution and disposition of the individual. He can put himself in a mental position where he can be ornery now. He is a guy that you can rely on as a tough son of a gun. He'll passprotect with the best of them."

Bradshaw deserves to be in any discussion of the most productive running backs in Giants history, where he ranks seventh in rushing yards (4,232), eighth in carries (921), and ninth in rushing touchdowns (32). He was also an accomplished special-teams player; his 1,788 kickoff-return yards are the fourth most in franchise history. Not bad for a player who was the 250th overall selection of the 2007 NFL Draft. "I can remember the day when I was coming here, first going into minicamp and then training camp, and just being so scared, not knowing what's going to go on or where I could play," Bradshaw said. "I was trying to make it on the special teams and trying to make the team. I'm blessed to have two Super Bowl rings. I don't think I woke up yet. I still think I'm dreaming sometimes."

85 - David Meggett

A fifth-round selection (132nd overall) in the 1989 NFL Draft, David Meggett became the most productive returner in not only Giants history but also league record books. At the time of his retirement in 1998, Meggett owned the NFL record for punt-return yards with 3,708 yards, a mark later broken by Brian Mitchell.

To this day, Meggett, a member of the Super Bowl XXV championship team, still owns Giants records in punt-return yards (2,230), punt-return average (11.0 yards), punt-return touchdowns (six), and kick returns (146). He is second in franchise history with 2,989 kickreturn yards. As a rookie, Meggett was named an Associated Press First-Team All-Pro and selected for the Pro Football Writers of America All-NFL Team while earning the first of his two career Pro Bowl nods. On offense, Meggett was a threat out of the backfield, catching 231 passes for 2,194 yards and 10 touchdowns with the Giants.

86 - Erich Barnes

Erich Barnes' four years with the Giants included three trips to the NFL Championship Game and a Pro Bowl selection in each season. A defensive back, Barnes played 14 seasons in the NFL (1958–71). He played three seasons for the Chicago Bears prior to joining the Giants and seven years with the Cleveland Browns after leaving New York. Barnes was a six-time Pro Bowler, a first-team All-Pro in 1961 (his first season with the Giants), and a second-teamer in 1959, 1962, and 1964. Barnes intercepted 45 passes in his career, including 18 for the Giants. Barnes was a halfback and then offensive end at Purdue University, where he caught a 95-yard touchdown pass from Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Len Dawson. The Bears selected him in the fourth round of the 1958 NFL Draft and sent him to the Giants in 1961 as part of a three-team trade in which standout defensive back Lindon Crow went from the Giants to the Los Angeles Rams and quarterback Billy Wade was sent to Chicago.

On October 15, 1961, Barnes set a Giants record and tied the then NFL mark when he intercepted a pass in the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and returned it 102 yards for a touchdown. It was one of his seven interceptions that he returned for 195 yards that season. Barnes intercepted six, three, and two passes in his final three seasons with the team. Beginning in 1961, the Giants lost three consecutive championship games: 37–0 in Green Bay, 16–7 to the Packers in Yankee Stadium, and 14–10 in Chicago. The game in New York was played in frigid and windy conditions. Barnes set up the Giants' only score when he blocked a punt that was recovered by teammate Jim Collier in the end zone.

After the Giants finished 2–10–2 in 1964, the Giants traded him to the Cleveland Browns – the team he had rooted for growing up in Elkhart, Ind. – for linebacker Mike Lucci and a 1966 third-round draft pick, which the Giants then traded to Detroit for quarterback Earl Morrall. He was elected to the Indiana Football Hall of Fame in 1986 and the Purdue University Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009.

87 - Corey Webster

The coldest game in Giants history was also one of the most memorable and satisfying the franchise – and Corey Webster – ever played. The Giants overcame the elements to defeat Green Bay in overtime, 23–20, in the NFC Championship Game at frigid Lambeau Field as the windchill factor reached minus 23 degrees. Lawrence Tynes provided the game-winning points when he kicked a 47-yard field goal with 2:35 elapsed in overtime. The score was set up by Webster's interception off future Hall of Famer Brett Favre's pass intended for Donald Driver on the second play of the extra period. Webster returned it nine yards to the Green Bay 34.

While he will be remembered for making one of the most important plays in franchise history, Webster was much more than one rep. A second-round choice out of LSU in 2005 – the same year the Giants drafted Justin Tuck and Brandon Jacobs – Webster started 93 of 121 regular-season games. He also started all 10 of his postseason outings, including victories in Super Bowls XLII and XLVI. Webster is one of six Giants to record multiple interceptions in a single postseason run. He is the franchise leader with 97 passes defensed, and his 20 career interceptions are tied for 10th in team history.

88 - Howard Cross

When his 13-year career ended in 2001, no player had worn the New York Giants jersey in more games than Howard Cross. The tight end played in 207 regular-season games starting in 1989, the year they drafted him in the sixth round (158th overall) out of the University of Alabama. There are only four members of the 200- game club in Giants history: Eli Manning (236 from 2004 to 2019), Hall of Famer Michael Strahan (216 from 1993 to 2007), Cross (207 from 1989 to 2001), and George Martin (201 from 1975 to 1988). Cross' career spanned two generations of Giants that made it to the game's biggest game. He caught four passes for 39 yards (all four resulted in first downs) in the Giants' 20– 19 victory over the Buffalo Bills in Super Bowl XXV. A decade later, Cross helped the Giants reach Super Bowl XXXV.

89 - Jason Sehorn

When he joined the Giants as a second-round draft choice in 1994, Jason Sehorn could not see very far down his career road. He couldn't make out the place where he would become one of the NFL's finest cornerbacks, couldn't spot the stage where his splendid athletic skills would be lauded by teammates and fans, couldn't envision the big city where he would soon be one of its most popular professional athletes. Sehorn couldn't see that far in part because he didn't try. As a rookie, his focus was on something much closer. "I wanted to finish my contract," Sehorn said. "You come in with really low expectations, especially when you don't play. I came into training camp, and I was a strong safety. I wasn't very happy. I was in New York, coming from California – there were a lot of bad things. My first goal was to just finish the deal. I was a rookie not seeing a lot of success. I thought if I could get through that, I would be OK." He was right.

Sehorn eventually became a starter in 1996 and his career took off. He was a fan favorite who was in constant demand for commercial endorsements of all kinds. But the journey did have its detours, many of them painful. Sehorn missed the entire 1998 season after tearing two ligaments in his right knee returning a preseason kickoff. The following year, he was limited to 10 games because of a pulled hamstring early and a broken leg late in the season. "After that first year, I realized, more or less, I didn't know anything about the game of football," Sehorn said. "Mike Nolan, our defensive coordinator, said something to me once that was pretty profound. I asked him why I didn't play, and he said, 'The reason you don't play has nothing to do with your athletic ability. I know full well you can make plays. It's the fact that I don't know what you'll do with your athletic ability.' That made me think. It doesn't just take the most athletic guys to succeed."

Sehorn began to watch all the tape he could. That effort led to 19 interceptions for the Giants, including four returned for touchdowns, to tie the franchise record shared by the great Emlen Tunnell and Dick Lynch. He holds the Giants' all-time postseason record with four interceptions, including his signature 32-yard return for a touchdown in the 2000 Divisional Round against the rival Eagles. Sehorn had another interception a week later in the NFC Championship Game, a 41–0 victory over the Vikings on the road to Super Bowl XXXV.

90 - Aaron Thomas

Originally a fourth-round pick (47th overall) by San Francisco in the 1961 NFL Draft, Aaron Thomas was traded to the Giants just two games into his sophomore season. He followed another former 49ers player, Y.A. Tittle, who had been acquired just the year before. Thus began a formidable partnership between tight end and quarterback. Thomas went on to catch 35 touchdowns for the Giants, a franchise record at the position that stands more than a half-century after he last played in 1970. His 117 games played are second only to Howard Cross (207 from 1989 to 2001) among Giants tight ends, and his 247 receptions still rank fifth.

Thomas' 17.2 yards per reception is the third-highest average in team history (among those with a minimum of 200 receptions), regardless of position. He trails wide receivers Homer Jones, who holds the NFL record with 22.3 yards per catch, and Del Shofner (18.1). In order, the Giants teams of 1963 (57 touchdowns), 1962 (49), and 1967 (49) scored more touchdowns than any other in franchise history. With the help of Thomas, Tittle was named the 1963 NFL MVP after setting the Giants record for touchdown passes in a season with 36. The record stands to this day.

91 - Lawrence Tynes

Just as presidential historians can recite the coincidences that bind Abraham Lincoln and John F. Kennedy, Giants fans can list the similarities in the championship seasons of 2007 and 2011: timely brilliance by Eli Manning, season-opening road losses to division rivals, postseason triumphs at Lambeau Field, Super Bowl victories against the New England Patriots, and victories as visitors in conference championship games with an overtime takeaway setting up gamewinning field goals by Lawrence Tynes. Tynes is the only kicker in NFL history with two postseason overtime field goals. The first came in the 2007 NFC Championship Game at Lambeau Field, where the Giants upset Green Bay, 23–20, in minus-23-degree windchill conditions. That game had many indelible moments, including Antonio Pierce knifing through three defenders to tackle Brandon Jackson on a third-down completion, Corey Webster intercepting a Brett Favre pass on the second play of overtime, and Tynes' game-winning field goal.

Once again, the 2011 conference title game was played in challenging conditions, but this time it was in the rain and wind and on a muddy field at Candlestick Park against the San Francisco 49ers. And again, the Giants forced a turnover to set up a game-deciding Tynes field goal, this one a 31-yarder with 7:54 expired in the extra period. Postseason heroics define Tynes' legacy, but they were far from his only contributions. Born in Scotland, where his father was a U.S. Navy officer at the time, Tynes climbed to second on the franchise's all-time scoring list with 586 points on 122 field goals made.

92 - Darrell Dess

The 1963 New York Giants hold the franchise scoring-average record with 32.0 points per game. The 1962 Giants, meanwhile, are second at 28.4. Darrell Dess was a Pro Bowl left guard on both of those teams, which included an NFL MVP award for quarterback Y.A. Tittle in 1963. An 11th-round selection (126th overall) by the Redskins in the 1958 NFL Draft, Dess didn't play a game for Washington until 1965. After playing for the Pittsburgh Steelers as a rookie, he began his first of two stints with the Giants a year later, suiting up for Big Blue from 1959 to 1964 and then again from 1966 to 1969. Overall, the 6-foot, 243-pound native of New Castle, Pa., played in 120 games with the Giants and made 89 starts. He played collegiately at North Carolina State.

93 - Terry Kinard

Terry Kinard played 105 regular-season games for the Giants from 1983 to 1989 and ranks seventh on the franchise's all-time interceptions list with 27. He played in five postseason contests and was a part of the Giants team that claimed Super Bowl XXI in 1986. The 10th overall selection in the 1983 NFL Draft by the Giants, Kinard made the Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie Team and earned a Pro Bowl honor in 1988. Sports Illustrated named him to College Football's Centennial Team in 1999. He was also ranked as Clemson's No. 3 football player of all time and inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in the Class of 2001. He was inducted into the Clemson Hall of Fame in 1992 and the Ring of Honor in 2001. He was also inducted into the state of South Carolina Hall of Fame in 2002. Kinard was the first Clemson player to be a unanimous All-America pick and finished as the program's leader in interceptions with 17.

94 - Erik Howard

A 3-4 nose tackle, Erik Howard played the first nine of his 11 seasons with the Giants. He was the second of the team's four secondround draft choices in 1986, when the first six selections were all defensive players. Howard shared the position with Jim Burt for three seasons before becoming a fulltime starter in 1989. He was an important contributor on the Giants teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV, and a starter on the latter team in 1990, when he was selected to the Pro Bowl.

Howard enjoyed a successful introduction to pro football. In his rookie season, the Giants went 14–2, routed San Francisco and Washington in the NFC playoffs, then easily defeated the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI. It was the franchise's first championship in 30 years.

"That's a case of just lucking out – for me, particularly – because I didn't really have any concept of what I was stepping into," Howard said. "It was all sort of surreal, and I was just along for the ride." Four years later, Burt was playing for the 49ers, and Howard was the starting nose tackle. The Giants traveled to San Francisco for the NFC Championship Game to meet the 49ers, a team hoping to become the first to win three consecutive Super Bowls. "Obviously, we thought we could win, and it was a very close ball game," Howard said. "But there's that intangible thing that you feel when you're a team of destiny."

Late in the fourth quarter, the Giants trailed, 13-12, when the 49ers picked up a first down on the visitors' 40-yard line. Another first down or two would have given them the game, and maybe a three-peat. But after running back Roger Craig took a handoff, he was hit by Howard and fumbled. The ball was recovered by Taylor. A few minutes later, Matt Bahr kicked the game-winning field goal as time expired, and the Giants advanced to the Super Bowl.

"I remember that sort of seminal moment before the ball was snapped," Howard said. "It was a real feeling of desperation. It was a dire situation for us, and I remember thinking prior to the snap, 'Somebody's gotta make a play here.' It was one of those slow-motion moments."

The following week, the Giants' defense stifled the high-scoring Buffalo Bills in a 20- 19 upset victory in Super Bowl XXV for their second championship in five seasons.

"We're always going to be celebrating and remembering those special moments that are going to be with us for the rest of our lives," Howard said. "You can't deny history."

95 - Saquon Barkley

The Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award has been bestowed since 1957. In the first 57 years of the award, through 2013, no Giants player ever won it. Then the Giants accounted for two in five years. The No. 2 overall selection in the 2018 NFL Draft, Saquon Barkley capped an extraordinary debut season with the award, matching the achievement of wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. in 2014. Fittingly, Beckham presented Barkley with the trophy at the eighth annual NFL Honors. Beckham was the franchise's first Rookie of the Year since Hall of Fame linebacker Lawrence Taylor had won the defensive award in 1981. Barkley had one of the most productive rookie seasons by a running back in NFL history, and he inserted his name into numerous sections of the Giants' franchise records.

In his first season, Barkley led the NFL with 2,028 yards from scrimmage and set Giants rookie records for rushing yards – Barkley's 1,307 yards were 477 more than the 830 yards racked up by the No. 2 rookie on the franchise's list, Tuffy Leemans, set way back in 1936 – receptions (tying Beckham's total of 91); total touchdowns, with 15 (the former record of 12 was shared by Bill Paschal in 1943 and Beckham in 2014; and rushing touchdowns, with 11 (the former mark of 10 had been held by Paschal since 1943). Barkley led the NFL with seven 40-plus- yard runs and six 50-plus-yard runs. The latter figure was the highest single-season total by a Giants player since the 1970 AFL–NFL merger. His six 50-plus-yard runs were twice as many as any other NFL player had in 2018. Barkley was also the first NFL rookie with five 50-plus-yard touchdowns from scrimmage since Minnesota wide receiver Randy Moss in 1998. But Barkley was by no means a one-season wonder.

Barkley became the first player in Giants history to rush for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons. On December 22, 2019, Barkley set a franchise record with 279 yards from scrimmage (189 rushing and 90 receiving) in an overtime victory at Washington. The previous record of 276 yards was set by Tiki Barber versus Philadelphia on December 28, 2002.

96 - Willie Williams

The 1965 NFL Draft brought a pair of players to the Giants who would become two of the best ball hawks in their 100-year history. Before Carl "Spider" Lockhart was taken in the 13th round, the team selected Willie Williams with 99th overall pick in the eighth round. The Giants also held the No. 1 choice in that year's draft, which they used on College Football Hall of Fame running back Tucker Frederickson.

Following his rookie season, Williams left the Giants to play for the Oakland Raiders, who were then in the American Football League. Williams returned to the Giants in 1967 and remained with the team for the rest of his career. Williams played in exactly 100 games in eight total seasons for the Giants. He intercepted 35 passes, which are tied with Dick Lynch (1959–1966) for fourth in franchise history. Right above them is Lockhart, Williams' draft classmate, with 41 across 11 seasons for Big Blue. Emlen Tunnell holds the record with 74 interceptions, followed by Jimmy Patton's 52.

In 1968, Williams grabbed a career-high and NFL-leading 10 interceptions. It is the last time a player has turned in double-digit interceptions in a Giants uniform, and one of five such campaigns in the team's 100 seasons. Patton and Otto Schnellbacher share the single-season record with 11 in 1958 and 1951, respectively. Williams' 10 are tied for third with Tunnell (1949) and Frank Reagan (1947). After playing nine seasons with the NFL and the AFL, Williams played two years with the Hawaiians of the World Football League in 1974 and 1975.

97 - Hakeem Nicks

Hakeem Nicks was a gamer. The 19th pick in the 2009 NFL Draft turned in one of the best postseason performances in NFL history in the Giants' 2011 championship run. His 444 receiving yards were the second most in a single postseason, behind only Larry Fitzgerald's 546 yards three years prior. Nicks kicked it off with six catches for 115 yards and two touchdowns (including a 72-yarder) in the 24–2 Wild Card victory at home against the Atlanta Falcons. He outdid himself the following week in Green Bay, where he hauled in seven passes for 165 yards and two more scores, including a 37-yard Hail Mary as time expired in the first half. The Giants took a 10-point lead into the locker room. "We're kind of just thinking, 'Hey, let's get a run, and maybe we pop one, and we'll take a shot and see what happens,'" Eli Manning said. "Sure enough, [Ahmad Bradshaw] gets the first [down], breaks some tackles, reverses field, and gets out of bounds just in time for us to take a shot. And Hakeem makes that catch, and we got the lead – another big play at a critical moment right before the half that just can change the momentum of the game."

Tom Coughlin described the sequence thusly: "Bradshaw makes that play right before the half to put us in field position, we throw the Hail Mary pass – which I never referred to as that – but he throws that ball up in the air, and Hakeem brings that down, and they never recovered from that." The Packers closed to within seven points in the third quarter, but the Giants outscored them in the fourth, 17–7, and won going away, 37–20. That sent the Giants to the NFC Championship Game in San Francisco against the 49ers. Nicks had two 1,000-yard seasons with the Giants and climbed into the top 10 in franchise history, with 4,676 receiving yards in 76 games.

98 - Eddie Price

After serving in the navy in World War II, Eddie Price set the SEC rushing record at Tulane University and earned All-America honors by United Press International, the International News Service, and the Associated Press. He starred in the first Senior Bowl and was selected by the New York Giants in the second round (20th overall) of the 1950 NFL Draft. Price was runner-up for 1950 Rookie of the Year after he eclipsed 100 rushing yards in three games, a franchise rookie record that stood until Saquon Barkley broke it in 2018. Price's 5.58 yards per carry is still the sixth-highest average for a single season in Giants history. The following year, Price led the NFL in rushing with 971 yards on 271 carries, scoring seven touchdowns, and earned his first of three Pro Bowl nods (1951, 1952, and 1954).

Seventy-three years later, Price is still the last Giants player to win the NFL rushing title. He was also named All-Pro in 1951 and 1952. Price led the Giants in rushing in four of his six seasons (1950, 1951, 1952, and 1954). Price has three of the longest runs from scrimmage in Giants history: 80 yards at Philadelphia on December 9, 1951; 75 yards at the Chicago Cardinals on November 2, 1952; and 74 yards at Philadelphia on December 10, 1950. Price, who was the first player in NCAA history to surpass 3,000 yards for his career, is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame, the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame, and the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame. He earned the nickname Superman while playing at Warren Easton High School in New Orleans.

99 - Brad Benson

Brad Benson holds the distinction as the first offensive lineman to be named the NFC Offensive Player of the Week. As dominating as Lawrence Taylor had been during the 1986 season, he did not enter the Week 14 matchup at Washington leading the NFL in sacks. That honor went to Redskins defensive end Dexter Manley, with 17.5. But Benson made Manley all but invisible, limiting him to three tackles and no sacks, a performance that helped the left tackle earn a Pro Bowl selection.

Benson, along with center Bart Oates, guards Bill Ard and Chris Godfrey, and tackle Karl Nelson, became known as the Suburbanites because they were affable and friendly, the kind of everyman guys you would enjoy having as neighbors. But they didn't take their genial demeanor onto the football field, where they were one of the NFL's very best lines that season. "Our linemen were tremendous that year," running back Maurice Carthon said. "You could never fool any of those guys. Those guys were smart and very rarely made mistakes, and all of them stayed healthy."

Originally an eighth-round draft selection by New England in 1977, Benson never played a game for the Patriots, as people questioned his 6-foot-3, 262-pound frame. But he went on to start 123 of 137 regular-season games for the Giants in addition to seven starts in nine postseason appearances, including the victory in Super Bowl XXI. ''When I came here, my middle name was Temporary," Benson said. "I became a starter late in 1978 at right tackle. In 1979, I was hurt in camp, and when I came back I was the left tackle. In 1984, I started at right guard. With much prodding from coach Bill Parcells, [he] was on me incessantly every day in camp. If I missed a block, I was in trouble. He created fierce competition for the [left tackle] job, but you draw motivation from that.''

100 - Rich Seubert

It's safe to say few players enjoyed all aspects of football as much as Rich Seubert. He loved the competition and the hitting, the camaraderie with his teammates, socializing with his fellow linemen, hanging around the locker room, bantering with the media, and practicing and training. The game is part of his DNA. Seubert succeeded as a player because of his determination and grit, and made sure he had fun every time he stepped on a field. Not blessed with tremendous athleticism or big-school pedigree, Seubert joined the Giants as an undrafted rookie from Western Illinois in 2001. He became a starter as a second-year pro, but the next year suffered a devastating injury, breaking three bones in his right leg. Seubert's lengthy rehabilitation forced him to miss the 2004 season, Tom Coughlin's first with the team. Seubert improved slowly but steadily. He became a full-time starter again at left guard in 2007 and was a member of the team that won Super Bowl XLII. Seubert started all 16 games in 2010 and hoped to play at least a couple more years. But in the season finale at Washington, he stepped in at center for Shaun O'Hara, who was injured, and with 8:57 remaining in the first quarter, Seubert was hit, dislocating his right kneecap, and "tore some things," as he puts it.

"It took three years [to get over that]," Seubert said. "It's tough. I thought I was playing back at a pretty high level, but then, after one play, it's over. On the train ride back, I was sitting next to coach Coughlin, and we all knew that this was it. I was in my 10th year; next year would've been my 11th. Me and my wife were talking about how many more years I wanted to play, and that was pretty much it. I think in rehab that offseason, I didn't work as hard as I did when I broke my leg when I was younger. I think enough was enough. Doctor said my knee was pretty well done for and I had a little micro hole in the kneecap, so that was it. No regrets – my only regret was that Shaun said, 'I should have played that game at center.' No, that's football. He was banged up, too. Shaun and I, in our last games, we were Giants together. We both retired as Giants, and to me, the time had to come. There were no hard feelings. It was a sad day for me, telling my family, telling my kids, but that's life. You have to move on."