New York Giants: Four Faces Who Shape Mount Rushmore

The New York Giants have an exceptional football history and have produced to the point where they have four Super Bowl victories.

There have been plenty of athletes who have walked through their locker room going back decades.

However, it’s hard to imagine this franchise without the following four players, who also make up the G-Men’s Mount Rushmore.

Let’s leap into the discussion.

Lawrence Taylor

The Giant linebacker is one of the best to ever play the position.

His ability to knock down the opposition stands out along with his ferocious style of play.

Taylor recorded 132.5 sacks in his 13-year pro career and he is currently in a tie for 14th place on the career sack list.

LT was also a part of two Super Bowl teams.

The Hall of Famer won the MVP award in 1986 and was named to 10 Pro Bowls.

Phil Simms

The quarterback compiled a record of 95-64 during his 14-year career (1982 doesn’t count because he missed year due to injured knee).

Simms also collected 199 touchdown passes and had 33,462 yards through the air.

He spent his entire career in a New York Giants uniform and guided the team to a pair of Lombardi Trophies.

Simms wasn’t the best QB of all-time but he did help the G-Men to five seasons of 10 or more wins.

Phil was the franchise leader in passing yards until Eli Manning surpassed him in a game versus the Philadelphia Eagles in 2013.

Manning ended his playing career this offseason and has a total of 57,023 yards, which is obviously far more than Simms’ mark of 33,462.

Regardless of yards passing, Simms was a reliable quarterback for many years and is currently one of the more familiar broadcasters on CBS.

Michael Strahan

Strahan was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame after playing 15 seasons with the New York Giants.

The defensive end posted 141.5 sacks, which leaves him sixth on the all-time sack list.

Strahan retired after the G-Men topped the previously unbeaten New England Patriots in Super Bowl 42, 17-14.

The 48-year old is another player who spent his entire career with Big Blue and he also was named to seven Pro Bowls.

Strahan has added to his overall brand since becoming a broadcaster for FOX and ABC. He began those endeavors in 2008.

It’s hard to imagine the Giants without Michael Strahan because of his leadership and his consistent play over the years.

Tiki Barber

I know some might scratch their heads at this pick, but the Giants focused on running the football and Tiki was a big force for their offensive game plan.

Barber is New York’s all-time rushing leader with 10,449 rushing yards in his 10-year career as a Giant and he posted 55 touchdowns.

No. 21 was another veteran leader during the early stages of Manning’s career and there’s no doubt the G-Men needed Barber to play well.

He retired at the age of 31 to pursue a broadcasting career.

Yes, I know Barber doesn’t have this extremely long playing career or barely any awards, but he played good football and he is a familiar face.

Honorable Mentions

Eli Manning

Y.A. Tittle

Ottis Anderson

Yes, this trio deserves a lot of attention for what they did during their playing days. But, not a lot of folks are familiar with the impact of Tittle or Anderson. Eli had clutch moments but looked pedestrian as the Giants’ offense struggled a lot with him leading the way. Eli will get a lot of credit for the success in New York, but the club put had positive contributions from their defense and running over the years.

Brandon Jacobs, Ahmad Bradshaw, and Saquon Barkley were just some of the backs the Giants used during Eli’s tenure. It made sense since he wasn’t even close to being the best quarterback in the NFL.

What do you make of this Mount Rushmore for the New York Giants? Leave comments below.

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