EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – Six players who spent all or a significant portion of their careers with the Giants are among the 130 modern-era nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2021, which was announced today.
The list includes defensive end Justin Tuck, who was cited in his first year of eligibility, plus running back Tiki Barber, guard Chris Snee, tight end Jeremy Shockey and punters Sean Landeta and Jeff Feagles.
Also nominated were three players who suited up for the Giants late in long careers: running back Herschel Walker (1995), tackle Lomas Brown (2000-01) and running back/return specialist Brian Mitchell (2003).
Among the marquee players eligible for the first time are quarterback Peyton Manning, wide receiver Calvin Johnson and defensive back Charles Woodson.
The list of modern-era nominees will be reduced to 25 semifinalists in November and to 15 finalists in January. Eighteen Finalists will be presented to the full 48-member Pro Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee during its annual meeting on "Selection Saturday," the day before Super Bowl LV. The Finalists will consist of 15 players from the list of 130 announced today, plus the recently named Senior Finalist, wide receiver Drew Pearson; Contributor Finalist, scout Bill Nunn; and Coach Finalist, Tom Flores.
View photos from the career of two-time Super Bowl champion defensive end Justin Tuck.
A look at the Giants' Pro Football Hall of Fame nominees:
Justin Tuck, DE, played for the Giants from 2005-13
A third-round draft choice in 2005 from Notre Dame, Tuck played in 127 regular-season games with 90 starts in nine Giants seasons. He was a two-time Super Bowl winner, two-time Pro Bowler, and four-time team captain. Tuck was credited with more than 500 tackles. His 60.5 sacks are the sixth-highest total in franchise history.
Tuck also played in 10 postseason games. He had 5.5 sacks, tied with former teammate Osi Umenyiora for fourth place on the franchise's postseason list. Tuck twice sacked Tom Brady in both Super Bowl XLII and Super Bowl XLVI, when a dominant defensive line was one of the vital components in the Giants' victories against New England.
In a video tribute to Tuck when he announced his retirement in 2016, Eli Manning said, "One of my best memories of Justin is from Super Bowl XLII, when he was constantly in the backfield, harassing Tom Brady." Manning was the MVP in each of those title game victories.
Tuck left the Giants following the 2013 season and spent two years with the Oakland Raiders for whom he had six more sacks.
He was inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor in 2016.
RB Tiki Barber, played for the Giants from 1997-2006
A second-round draft choice from Virginia in 1997, Barber played his entire career for the Giants and held 13 Giants records when he retired following the 2006 season. His 10,449 rushing yards are a franchise record and 3,552 more than No. 2 Rodney Hampton on the career list. Barber's 4.71 career per-carry average is also a record.
A three-time Pro Bowler, Barber owns the three-highest single-season rushing totals in Giants history with 1,860 in 2005, 1,662 in 2006 and 1,518 in 2004. He holds the franchise's top two single-game rushing totals with 234 at Washington on Dec. 30, 2006 in his final regular-season game and 220 against Kansas City on Dec.17, 2005.
Barber's 38 career 100-yard games were twice as many as franchise runner-up Joe Morris and his nine 100-yard outings in 2004 are the single-season mark.
Barber holds both the Giants' single-season (357 in 2005) and career (2,217) rushing attempt records.
On Dec. 31, 2005, Barber scored on a 95-yard run at Oakland to break Hap Moran's 75-year-old record for the longest run in Giants history (91 yards on Nov. 23, 1930).
He was inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor in the inaugural class in 2010.
Chris Snee, G, played for the Giants from 2004-2013
A 2004 second-round draft choice from Boston College, Snee also played exclusively for the Giants. He was the team's starting right guard from the first game of his rookie season until a hip injury ended his final season. He started all 141 regular-season games and 11 postseason games in which he played and started all 16 regular-season games seven times in his 10 seasons. From 2005-11, Snee started 101 consecutive regular-season games (plus seven postseason games) before missing a game with a concussion.
Snee was a two-time Super Bowl champion (Super Bowls XLII and XLVI) and was a game captain for the latter victory. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2012.
In 2010, Snee was voted first-team All-Pro by The Sporting News and the Pro Football Writers Association and second-team All-Pro by the Associated Press.
Snee was the last playing member of the terrific and popular offensive line that included Shaun O'Hara, Rich Seubert, David Diehl and Kareem McKenzie from 2006-2010. At one time, the group started 38 consecutive regular-season games, then the league's longest streak.
In Snee's 10 seasons, the Giants had a 1,000-yard rusher five times – including Barber's team-record 1,860 yards in 2005. Manning passed for more than 3,000 yards in each of Snee's final nine seasons and for more than 4,000 yards each season from 2009-2011.
He was inducted into the Giants' Ring of Honor in 2015.
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