BRACKET CHALLENGE: Victor Cruz vs. Lawrence Taylor

BRACKET CHALLENGE: Victor Cruz vs. Lawrence Taylor

Victor Cruz vs. Lawrence Taylor


WR Victor Cruz, 2011
Stats: 82 REC, 1,536 YDS, 9 TD

Cruz's 2011 season is one of the best stories in franchise lore. Making the team as an undrafted rookie the year before, the Paterson (N.J.) native broke out in 2011 with 1,536 receiving yards, a team record that still stands to this day. Ninety-nine of those came on one fateful touchdown against the Jets on Christmas Eve. Coach Tom Coughlin called it the "spark" in their run to Super Bowl XLVI, which Cruz kicked off with a touchdown in the first quarter. The Giants went on to beat the Patriots, 21-17, to claim their fourth Lombardi Trophy.

LB Lawrence Taylor, 1986
Stats: 105 TACK, 20.5 SACKS, 5 PD, 2 FF

No defensive player has been named the AP NFL Most Valuable Player since Lawrence Taylor in 1986. A unanimous selection, Taylor had a career-high 20.5 sacks, 105 tackles, five passes defensed and two forced fumbles. He led the way in making it the greatest season in team history. That year, the Giants won their first Super Bowl, had a final record of 17-2, and won a club record 12 straight victories. The Giants also set a record for all-time composite margin of victory in the playoffs, outscoring three opponents, 105-23, for an 82-point domination, the most ever in NFL playoff history.

Photos of LB Lawrence Taylor's career with the Giants