Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 27

Brandon Jacobs and Rodney Hampton.  Both could be considered the best New York Giant to wear number 27, and you could make a good case for either of the two running backs.  But, I have to pick just one.  So, on the basis of playoff contributions to a Super Bowl Championship, I'm going with Brandon Jacobs.

Jacobs wound up his college ball at Southern Illinois, also wearing number 27 for the Salukis.  He was taken by the Giants in the fourth round of the 2005 NFL draft, and saw immediate goal line work.  Although he ran for just 99 yards during the regular season as a rookie, he punched the ball over the line seven times.

He would increase his touchdowns by 2 to 9 total in his sophomore campaign, dipped to 4 the following season, and then had a breakout campaign which saw him score a hefty 15 rushing touchdowns.  

But let's talk about his playoff performances.  He did see some very brief time in the post-season has a rookie.  Just one year later, however, Jacobs helped pound the Giants to the Super Bowl Championship.  In four playoff games for Big Blue, he scored three rushing touchdowns and caught a pass for a TD.  Over the four contests, he racked up a respectable 197 yards rushing.

Although his rough running style could be deemed a durability issue, it's been more of a concern for opponents than it has for Jacobs himself.

After a brief stint with the 49ers, the Giants picked Jacobs up again for the 2013 season, albeit wearing number 34 instead of 27.  

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 26

The New York Giants made a rare trade in September of 1981, with the Houston Oilers, to acquire a young running back out of Miami University of Ohio.  That running back was the Giants' best to ever wear number 26, Rob Carpenter.

Carpenter played his first four NFL seasons with the Oilers, until a change in coaches and offensive philosophy let him become available for the Giants, who had their eye on him for some time.  An energetic player, Carpenter would immediately become an integral part of New York's running game.

In ten games with Big Blue during the 1981 regular season, 8 of them starts, Carpenter racked up 748 rushing yards and 5 touchdowns, as well as 201 receiving yards.

Parts of four more seasons would be spent in the backfield of Big Blue by Carpenter.  All told, he racked up 2,572 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns with the Giants during the regular season.

Did you know......Carpenter has four sons who have played football collegiately?

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 25

Number 25 was worn by defensive back Mark Collins between 1986 and 1993 for the New York Giants.  Taken by the Giants in the second round of the 1986 NFL draft out of Cal State-Fullerton, Collins played in 15 games as a rookie, picking off one pass and picking up three fumbles.  He also made an impressive 60 tackles in his first season with the team.

Collins had an interception in each of his years with the Jints, accumulating 17 picks in his 8 seasons with New York.  He also picked up seven fumbles and made 515 tackles as a Giant.  He was a key member of the defense during the playoffs en route to the Super Bowl Championship in 1991.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 24

Ottis Anderson may have had most of his best NFL seasons, at least statistically, with the St. Louis Cardinals wearing number 32, however he certainly made his mark as one of the great running backs to wear number 24 particularly in the playoffs, while playing with the New York Giants.

After six and a half seasons spent as a primary running back with the Cardinals, Anderson was traded to the Giants during the 1986 campaign.  He was not used heavily, in the remaining regular season games, or the playoffs with New York in his first season with the team.  He did make a contribution to the team's first Super Bowl Championship though, scoring a touchdown in the Giants win against the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XXI.

Over the next couple seasons, Anderson did not get a chance to tote the rock much.  Number 20 for the Giants was carrying the ball the majority of time.  Although he was not high on the depth chart, Anderson got his chance to show his stuff again, when Joe Morris sustained a foot injury, leading the team to start Anderson for all 16 games of the 1989 season.

As a 32 year-old running back, he certainly earned the title of "Comeback Player of the Year".  Carrying the ball 325 times during the regular season, Anderson gained 1,023 yards, the first season in which he cracked the 1,000 yard mark since 1984, while with the Cardinals.  The more impressive number that season may have been his 14 touchdowns, good enough for second overall in the NFL.

The following NFL season, 1990, Anderson again had the lion's share of carries for the Jints.  During the regular season he played in all 16 games, starting 11 of them, and garnering 784 yards on 225 carries.  His most important rushing stat during that regular season however was the 11 touchdowns he scored.

He will forever be remembered, across the NFL, as the MVP of Super Bowl XXV.  In the Giants' one-point victory over the Buffalo Bills, Anderson rushed for 102 yards, caught a pass for 7 yards, and ran in a touchdown, to help lead his team to the Super Bowl Championship.

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