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New York Giants NFL Ring of Honor: Taylor, Strahan, Manning & Barber

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New York Giants NFL Ring of Honor: Taylor, Strahan, Manning & Barber

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We're taking a look at the best four players to have ever played for each of the 32 NFL franchises. Let's reveal the four greatest Giants according to our Bookies.com algorithm...

The New York Giants are coming off their fifth straight season without a playoff berth. They have potentially two impact first round picks in Kayvon Thibodeax and Evan Neal, both of whom are critical to the team on both sides of the field. 

Only time will tell how they perform and if they can assist in bringing the Giants back into the playoff conversation.

New York Giants NFL Ring of Honor

Player HOFm wAV Bookies Score
Lawrence Taylor 222.55 146 184.275
Michael Strahan 125.05 122 123.525
Eli Manning 85.01 121 103.005
Tiki Barber 58 103 80.5

No. 1 - Lawrence Taylor

Regarded by many as the best defensive player in NFL history, Lawrence Taylor was a freak of nature on the field. He won Rookie of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year in his first season, sparking a lot of excitement for his future. 

After his rookie season, he won two more Defensive Player of the Year Awards, one MVP, and was selected to the All-Pro first team eight times. In his MVP season, he ended the season with 20.5 sacks. The ten-time Pro Bowler won two Super Bowls and led the Giants to seven playoff appearances. 

No. 2 - Michael Strahan

Coming into the league immediately after Lawrence Taylor retired, Michael Strahan stepped right into his own on the defensive line. He topped LT’s 20.5-sack season by two, giving Strahan the single-season sack record (now tied with T.J. Watt). 

His 22.5-sack season won Strahan the Defensive Player of the Year award in 2001. He also earned first team All-Pro honors four times while making the Pro Bowl seven times. In his Super Bowl win against the undefeated Patriots, he was able to get the last sack of his career on the biggest stage.

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No. 3 - Eli Manning

Two-time Super Bowl champion Eli Manning is next on our list. While he did not make an All-Pro team, he was selected to four Pro Bowls. Manning had 4,000 passing yards seven times in his career and threw for a total of 366 touchdowns.

In his career with the Giants, he completed 27 comebacks to go along with 37 game-winning drives.

No. 4 - Tiki Barber

Tiki Barber was a very impressive running back for the Giants, especially in the latter half of his career. The three-time Pro Bowler was in the running for MVP in 2005 due to his 2,390 yards from scrimmage, which led the league that year. 

Barber had some incredible seasons with the Giants, even though he finished his career without a Super Bowl ring. In his last seven seasons with the Giants, Barber totaled 1,000 rushing yards six times. 


Methodology

To determine the Ring of Honor for the New York Giants, Bookies.com utilized the website, ProFootballReference.com to gather for each player: 

  1. Career Weighted Approximate Value (Career AV)
  2. Hall of Fame Monitor score

After those findings, we averaged the two data sets to develop our rankings for the players to determine the top four players included in the Ring of Honor. 

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Ryan Harris for Bookies.com
Ryan Harris
Ryan Harris is a Writer at Bookies.com. He joined in 2022 after writing NFL content for FanSided.