EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Representatives of the Giants' storied past visited training camp this summer and learned they will receive the franchise's highest honor.
Former running backs Joe Morris, Ottis Anderson and Rodney Hampton and defensive end Leonard Marshall joined the team's post-practice huddle and were introduced by coach Brian Daboll. Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara then informed them they will be inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor. Mara also announced to the assembled that Ronnie Barnes, the senior vice president of medical services who has been a member of the team's medical staff for 47 years, will join this year's class of inductees.
The final two members of the 2022 Ring of Honor class - defensive back Jimmy Patton and halfback/receiver Kyle Rote - are deceased. Mara had previously contacted family members to inform them of their inclusion.
All seven of the honorees were members of Giants championship teams: Patton and Rote in 1956; Morris in 1986; Anderson and Marshall in 1986 and 1990; Hampton in 1990; and Barnes has been with the organization for all four of its Super Bowl victories. Morris, Marshall and Anderson increase to nine the number of players from the 1986 Super Bowl XXI championship team who are in the Ring of Honor.
"We are proud to add these deserving and legendary figures in Giants history to our Ring of Honor," Mara said. "Each of the players was among the very best at his position to wear a Giants uniform. All of them helped our franchise win championships and enjoy long-term success, as has Ronnie Barnes, who has been an invaluable and beloved member of our organization for decades."
The additions increase the number of honorees in the Ring of Honor to 50. They will be formally added to the ring on Monday, Sept. 26, when the Giants host the Dallas Cowboys in MetLife Stadium.
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Representatives of the Giants' storied past visited practice and learned they will receive the franchise's highest honor.
A look at the new inductees:
View photos of new Giants Ring of Honor inductee Joe Morris.
Joe Morris, Running Back, 1982-89
Morris joined the Giants in 1982 as a second-round draft choice from Syracuse.
Morris is third in Giants history with 5,296 rushing yards and 1,318 carries, fourth with 48 rushing touchdowns and second with 19 100-yard games. He holds the single-season franchise record with 21 touchdowns in 1985 (four more than anyone else has had in a season).
Morris has the fourth and sixth-highest single-season rushing totals in Giants history, with 1,516 yards in the 1986 championship season and 1,336 yards in 1985. He owns the eighth-highest single-game rushing total (202 vs Pittsburgh on Dec. 21, 1985). Morris also caught 98 passes for 884 yards and two touchdowns.
Morris played in two Pro Bowls. He is the Giants' postseason leader with 140 carries, 550 yards and four touchdowns (the latter tied with Brandon Jacobs).
In 1986, the Giants were 5-2 after a loss in Seattle and coming home to play Washington on a Monday night and then Dallas. Morris rushed for 181 yards and two touchdowns in each game (27-20 and 17-14 victories). They never lost again that season.
View photos of new Giants Ring of Honor inductee Ottis Anderson.
Ottis Anderson, Running Back, 1986-1992
Anderson joined the Giants in a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals on Oct. 8, 1986. He played on the Giants' Super Bowl XXI and XXV championship teams and was voted the MVP of Super Bowl XXV after rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown in the 20-19 victory against the Buffalo Bills. Anderson is one of only four running backs in NFL history to score rushing touchdowns in two Super Bowls and win Super Bowl MVP (Franco Harris and John Riggins accomplished that before Anderson, and Emmitt Smith did afterward).
In 83 regular-season games with the Giants, Anderson had 704 rushing attempts for 2,274 yards and 35 touchdowns (the sixth-highest total in franchise history). He added 77 receptions for 567 yards.
After rushing for a total of 214 yards in his first two Giants seasons, Anderson became the team's primary back in 1989 (a season Morris missed due to a broken foot). He was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year after scoring a career-high 14 touchdowns while running for 1,023 yards on 325 carries.
View photos of new Giants Ring of Honor inductee Rodney Hampton.
Rodney Hampton, Running Back, 1990-97
Hampton was the Giants' first-round draft choice in 1990 and played his entire eight-year career (104 regular-season games) for the team.
Hampton is second in Giants history with 6,897 rushing yards and 1,824 carries. He had five consecutive 1,000-yard seasons (1991-95) and is third with 17 100-yard games and 49 rushing touchdowns.
Hampton is one of eight players in Giants history with at least 3,000 rushing yards and 100 receptions (Morris missed by two catches) and one of eight with 3,000 rushing yards and 1,000 receiving yards.
The Giants won Super Bowl XXV in his rookie season, but Hampton was unable to play in the game after suffering a fractured fibula in the divisional round game against Chicago. He later played in three postseason games, amassing 194 rushing yards, eight catches and two touchdowns. In a wild card victory against Minnesota on Jan. 9, 1994, Hampton carried 33 times for 161 yards, matching the Giants' postseason records set by Rob Carpenter in 1981. Hampton's 51-yard run in that game is the longest in Giants playoff history.
View photos of new Giants Ring of Honor inductee Leonard Marshall.
Leonard Marshall, Defensive End, 1983-92
Marshall joined the Giants as a second-round draft choice out of LSU in 1983 and played in 149 regular-season games and 11 postseason games for the team. He played on the Giants' Super Bowl XXI and XXV title teams and was a Pro Bowler in 1985-86, when he totaled 27.5 sacks.
Marshall was credited with 660 tackles (388 solo). His 79.5 career regular-season sacks place him third in franchise history, behind two Pro Football Hall of Famers: Michael Strahan (141.5) and Lawrence Taylor (132.5, not counting Taylor's 9.5 sacks as a rookie in 1981, the year before they became an official stat).
In 11 postseason games, Marshall recorded 7.0 sacks, which is second in Giants history after Strahan's 9.5. Taylor had 6.5 postseason sacks. Marshall collected 3.0 sacks in both the 1986 and 1990 postseasons, when the Giants won the Super Bowl.
View photos of new Giants Ring of Honor inductee Jimmy Patton.
Jimmy Patton, Defensive Back, 1955-66
Patton was an eighth-round draft choice in 1955 who went on to become one of the great defensive backs in franchise history. He played on the 1956 championship team and on teams that advanced to the title game in 1958, 59 and 61-63.
Patton was a five-time first-team All-Pro (1958-62), a second-team All-Pro in 1963, and a five-time Pro Bowler (1958-62). His 52 interceptions are second in Giants history, 11 more than No. 3 Spider Lockhart. Patton led the NFL with 11 interceptions in 1958, which ties Otto Schelbacher (1951) for the franchise single-season record. His 712 yards on interception returns are second in Giants history to Emlen Tunnell's 1,240.
Patton also recovered 15 fumbles and returned 37 punts and 28 kickoffs, scoring once on each.
December 22 will be the 50th anniversary of his death at age 39 in an auto accident in Georgia.
View photos of new Giants Ring of Honor inductee Kyle Rote.
Kyle Rote, Halfback-Wide Receiver, 1951-61
Rote was the first overall selection in the 1951 NFL Draft. He played on the 1956 championship team and in the 1958, '59 and '61 title games.
Rote played two years at running back before switching to wide receiver because of a knee injury.
He was selected to four Pro Bowls (1953-56) and was a two-time second-team All-Pro (1956 and 1960).
Rote is second in Giants history with 48 touchdown receptions, 13th with 300 catches and seventh with 4,797 receiving yards (he was the franchise leader in all three categories when he retired). He also rushed for 871 yards and four scores before switching from running back to wide receiver.
Rote was the Giants' backfield coach in 1962-63 before beginning a long career in broadcasting.
View photos of new Giants Ring of Honor inductee Ronnie Barnes.
Ronnie Barnes, Sr. Vice President of Medical Services, 1976-present
Barnes has been with the Giants organization since 1976 and the team's head athletic trainer since 1980. He was promoted to the position of Vice President of Medical Services in 2003 and to Senior Vice President in 2011. During his 47 seasons with the team, Barnes has treated, counseled and befriended hundreds of players, coaches and staffers.
One of the most respected athletic trainers in professional sports, Barnes was elected to the National Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame in June 1999. In 2002, he was voted the Athletic Trainer of the Year by NFL physicians.
That same year, his alma mater, East Carolina University, honored Barnes for his many contributions to the school by opening the Ronnie Barnes African American Resource Center at the school's Joyner Library. The 5,200-square foot resource center collects materials about the legacy and future of African Americans in eastern North Carolina and the Southeast. It includes books, software, journals and collections of works on such influential figures as Martin Luther King, Jr. and Malcolm X.
Barnes was the first African American graduate of the Sports Medicine Department at ECU. He has since been elected to the East Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame and been named a winner of the Outstanding Alumni Award.
On March 20, 2004, Barnes was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at Fike High School in North Carolina.
In January 2019, Barnes was presented with a lifetime achievement award by the Fritz Pollard Alliance, a foundation which promotes diversity and minority hiring throughout the NFL, a cause Barnes has long fervently supported.
In the spring of this year, Barnes was inducted into the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame.
Since becoming the Giants' head athletic trainer, Barnes has twice been voted National Professional Trainer of the Year by the National Athletic Trainers Association. He served on the NATA board of certification for 10 years. Barnes is the past president of the NATA Research and Education Foundation. He is a member of the NFL Subcommittee on Mild Brain Trauma. Barnes recently completed a seven-year term as President of the Professional Football Athletic Trainers Society. In June of 1996, he was awarded the NATA Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award. In 1999, Barnes and his assistants won the Ed Block Courage Award as the NFL Athletic Training Staff of the Year.
Barnes has lectured nationally and internationally on sports medicine. He wrote a popular textbook in the medical field called Athletic Training and Sports Medicine, Third Edition. He was named the March of Dimes Man of the Year in 1994.
In addition to his duties with the Giants, Barnes is a member of the Hospital for Special Surgery Board of Advisors.
Giants in the Ring of Honor:
Class of 2010
Tim Mara, Wellington Mara, Jack Mara, Bob Tisch, George Young, Steve Owen, Jim Lee Howell, Bill Parcells, Mel Hein, Ken Strong, Tuffy Leemans, Emlen Tunnell, Frank Gifford, Rosie Brown, Sam Huff, Andy Robustelli, Y.A. Tittle, Harry Carson, Lawrence Taylor, Al Blozis, Charlie Conerly, Dick Lynch, Joe Morrison, Pete Gogolak, George Martin, Phil Simms., Michael Strahan, Jessie Armstead, Amani Toomer, Tiki Barber
Class of 2011
Alex Webster, Brad Van Pelt, Carl Banks, Mark Bavaro, Dave Jennings
Class of 2015
Chris Snee, Osi Umenyiora, John Johnson, Jack Lummus
Class of 2016
Tom Coughlin, Ernie Accorsi, Justin Tuck
Class of 2021
Class of 2022
Joe Morris, Ottis Anderson, Rodney Hampton, Leonard Marshall, Jimmy Patton, Kyle Rote, Ronnie Barnes
View photos of all 50 members inducted into the New York Giants Ring of Honor.