Roosevelt Brown ranked among top left tackles of all-time by The 33rd Team
Heading into the franchise's 99th season, the New York Football Giants have witnessed some legendary players walk in the door over the years.
One of those players is Pro Football Hall of Fame left tackle Roosevelt Brown.
The 33rd Team's Elliott Kalb recently took a look at the best left tackles in NFL history. The list was broken down by number, with Brown earning the honor for No. 79.
"Rosie Brown was the New York Giants' left tackle from 1953-65," wrote Kalb. "He was named to the NFL 75th Anniversary and 100th Anniversary All-Time teams. He was a six-time First-Team All-Pro (1956-59, 1961, 1962), nine-time Pro Bowler and part of an NFL championship team in 1956. Brown was the best of his era.
"According to the Hall of Fame, he's only the second man to be elected on the merits of his offensive line play alone. It would have been a pleasure to have seen him play."
Brown was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1975. The left tackle was also part of the Giants' inaugural class of the Ring of Honor back in 2010.
"During the height of [Brown's] career, the Giants were enjoying an unusual string of successes with six divisional crowns and one NFL title in an eight-year stretch," it states on Brown's page on the Pro Football Hall of Fame's website. "While no one player can be credited with the Giants' great victory ride, Rosie deserves as much credit as anyone. For eight straight years, he was a virtually unanimous All-NFL choice and was named to nine Pro Bowls. In the 1956 NFL Championship Game, Rosey handled the vaunted Chicago Bears' defenses so well that he awarded Lineman of the Game honors. In 1975, Rosie Brown became only the second player to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on the merits of his offensive line play alone."
Here is everyone on Kalb's list of the top left tackles of all-time:
- No. 79: Roosevelt Brown
- No. 78: Anthony Munoz
- No. 77: Willie Roaf
- No. 76: Orlando Pace
- No. 75: Jonathan Ogden
- No. 74: Jimbo Covert
- No. 73: Joe Thomas
- No. 72: Dan Dierdorf
- No. 71: Tony Boselli, Walter Jones, Jason Peters, Trent Williams
- No. 70: Jake Matthews