Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 63

Doug Van Horn played on the line for the New York Giants between the years 1968 and 1979, wearing number 63.  Interestingly, he was drafted in both the AFL and NFL in 1966 out of Ohio State.  The Kansas City Chiefs of the AFL took Van Horn with pick number 39 in 1966.  The Detroit Lions selected him with pick number 55 in 1966.

Van Horn wound up as a member of the Detroit Lions, spending one year in Michigan, before heading to New York for the 1968 season.  Playing both guard and tackle, Van Horn became a mainstay on the Giants offensive line.  He started 139 of 158 regular season games he played with New York.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 62

Number 62 was worn by Jason Whittle for Big Blue between the years 1998 and 1999.  Whittle subsequently wore number 66 as a member of the Giants.  An undrafted guard out of Southwest Missouri State (which became Missouri State University), Whittle started in 35 regular season games on the offensive line for New York, while suiting up for 93 games in total.

After leaving the Giants organization, Whittle spent a year with the Tampa Bay Bucaneers in 2003, before rejoining the Giants in 2004 and 2005, while wearing jersey number 65.  Whittle was a member of the offensive line corps which saw the Giants become NFC East Champions in 2000 and 2005.  

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Best New York Giants by The Numbers - 61

Number 61 was worn by Chris Godfrey as a member of the New York Giants between the 1984 and 1987 regular seasons.  Before joining the Giants, Godfrey joined the New York Jets after concluding his collegiate career in Michigan.  He also played for the Michigan Panthers of the USFL, prior to landing with New York's NFC team.  Godfrey was the starting right guard on the squad which won Super Bowl XXI.

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Best New York Giants by The Numbers - 60

Shaun O'Hara started his NFL career as a member of the Cleveland Browns, after signing as an undrafted free agent out of Rutgers University.  It was with the New York Giants, however, that O'Hara established himself as one of the finest linemen in the NFL, wearing number 60.

After four seasons with the Browns, O'Hara joined Big Blue for the 2004 regular season.  He would start every regular season game he played with the Giants between 2004 and 2010.

Along the way, O'Hara was the first man to touch the ball as New York rolled to its XLII Super Bowl Championship.  Number 60 finished his career in the NFL in a strong manner, earning three consecutive Pro Bowl selections as a member of the Giants in 2008, 2009 and 2010.

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Best New York Giants by The Numbers - 59

Number 59 hasn't been worn extensively for the New York Giants.  Typically, you'll see either a linebacker or lineman wearing 59.  In this case, the best Giant to wear the number is a lineman, center Brian Williams.

A first round draft pick out of Minnesota in 1989, Williams would play his entire NFL career, spanning the years 1989 to 1999, with the New York Giants.  Williams started 62 of the 129 regular season games for which he was recognized with Big Blue.  He was also a member of the Super Bowl XXV Championship team.  

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Best New York Giants by The Numbers - 58

It was another all-time great NFL linebacker who got the nod as the best to ever wear number 58 in professional sports, however Carl Banks is certainly, as any Giants fan will tell you, the best to ever wear number 58 with New York.

Banks was drafted third overall by New York in the 1984 NFL draft, out of Michigan State University.  He'd play in all 16 regular season games as a rookie, notching 3 sacks and 37 tackles.  He quickly became a mainstay in the defensive backfield for Big Blue, becoming a starter for all 16 games in the 1986 regular season.  He reached the zenith of his single-season tackle total in '86, putting up 113 takedowns.

The following season saw him continue his stellar play at linebacker, as he was named both All-Pro and to the Pro Bowl game.

He, of course, was a starter for the Giants' Super Bowl victories in games XXI and XXV, and all playoff games leading up to those Championships in each season.

In total, Banks put up the following numbers over his Giants career between 1984 and 1992:

  • 627 regular season tackles
  • 36 regular season sacks
  • 3 regular season interceptions
  • 5 regular season fumbles recovered
  • 2-time Super Bowl Champ
  • 1987 All-Pro  
Did you know...........Banks is a member of the New York Giants' Ring of Honor?   

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Best New York Giants by The Numbers - 57

Wearing number 57 for his New York Giants career spanning the 1991 through 1997 NFL seasons, linebacker Corey Miller saw action in 105 regular season games.  During that span he racked up 6 INTs, 14 sacks and 207 tackles.  Miller spent one season with the Minnesota Vikings, wearing number 55, after concluding his time with the Giants. 

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Best New York Giants by The Numbers - 56

Number 56.......who else could be the best New York Giant to ever wear number 56 other than quite possibly the greatest linebacker to ever play the game.....L.T.....Lawrence Taylor?  He's the best Giant, best NFL athlete, and best professional athlete to ever wear the number 56.  Taylor is the most associated with his jersey number, amongst all New York football players.  56 is L.T.  All the reasons why Lawrence Taylor is the best 56 ever can be found right here.


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Best New York Giants By the Numbers - 55

Gary Reasons wore number 55 for the New York Giants, the team with which he played nearly his entire NFL career.  The tall linebacker who played collegiately at Northwestern State, and was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round of the 1984 NFL Draft, made an immediate impact as a rookie with Big Blue.

Playing in all sixteen games as a rookie, Reasons started 11 of those games.  He picked off two passes and recovered 3 fumbles, a relatively high amount.  In his sophomore campaign with the Giants, Reasons proved his mettle and started 15 of the teams 16 games at linebacker.

Number 55 was a key member of the Giants squad which took home the team's first Super Bowl Championship in 1986, starting all three postseason games at linebacker.  In addition, Reasons played in all three playoff contests in their second Super Bowl Championship run in 1990, starting one.

One of the most famous Giants plays of all-time saw Gary Reasons make a tremendous play at the goal line to help Big Blue to victory in a December, 1989 game against the Denver Broncos, en route to the NFC East Championship.

Did you know...........Reasons is a member of the College Football Hall of Fame?

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 54

Andy Headen played linebacker for the New York Giants between the years 1983 and 1988, wearing jersey number 54 for the vast majority of that time.  The former Clemson Tiger saw 16 games of action, a full slate, in his rookie season of 1983, although he did not start in those contests.  He made the most of his time on the field however, racking up a very respectable 5 sacks.  

His second year with New York saw Headen get the starting nod in 6 games, where he would make his first NFL interception and return a fumble 81 yards for a TD.  

A member of the New York Giants squad which won Super Bowl XXI, Headen played in 74 regular season games with the team, picking off six passes and racking up 19.5 sacks.  

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 53

Number 53 is not in doubt, because not only is this guy the best New York Giant to wear the jersey number, not only is he the best NFL athlete to wear the jersey number, but he is the best professional athlete to ever wear the number 53.  That man is Harry Carson.

One of the fiercest middle linebackers of all-time, Carson was a leader on the Giants team which won Super Bowl XXI, a nine-time Pro Bowl selection, who played his entire career with New York, and is a member of both the College and Pro Football Halls of Fame.  

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9 to 5 for Lucas at Penn State

Penn State linebackers Nyeem Wartman-White and Jordan Lucas have referred to each other as "brothers". So it was not a surprise that one would honor the other through adversity. In Penn State's opening game against Temple, starting middle linebacker Wartman-White suffered a season ending knee injury. Lucas, in support of his teammate, switched his own jersey number of 9, to that of Wartman-White's, 5, just prior to Penn State's showdown with Rutgers.

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NFL Jersey Number Changes

The San Francisco 49ers will have several players wearing new jersey numbers after finalizing their 53-man roster. Notably, rookie defensive lineman and first round draft pick, Arik Armstead will now be wearing jersey number 91 after wearing number 69 through training camp and the preseason games.

The Denver Broncos have announced a couple of jersey number changes, in addition to new members of the team selecting their jersey numbers for the 2015 season. No first string players appear to have changed jersey numbers. Yes, you can count on Peyton Manning still wearing number 18.

The Miami Dolphins have also announced a handful of jersey number changes for 2015. Pro Bowl tackle Branden Albert may have the most notable number change here, going from number 71 to number 76, which he wore previously while with the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Number News: Vols and Patriots

Tennessee Volunteer junior cornerback, Cam Sutton, will be switching his jersey number to seven. At least temporarily. The defensive back expressed his desire to honor teammate Rashaan Gaulden, after Gaulden was ruled out for this year's football season with a broken foot.

Reggie Wayne, the longtime Indianapolis Colt wide receiver, is beginning a one year deal with the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots. He won't be wearing his familiar number 87 however. That number is reserved for Gronk. So Wayne will sport a low number, 15, as part of the Patriots receiving corps.
You can see the full Patriots roster, along with jersey numbers, here.

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Number 46 Retired by Yankees

On the same weekend the Yankees retired the number of a longtime catcher, they removed number 46 from their jersey rotation in honor of Andy Pettitte. Only two Yankees have more wins than Pettitte, who is the all-time leader in postseason wins and holds the New York Yankees record for strikeouts with 2,020. The lefty hailing from Louisiana and Texas spent the majority of his MLB career with the boys from the Bronx, excepting a brief time with the Houston Astros.

A five time World Series Champion, he pitched over 275 innings in the playoffs, striking out 183 with a 3.81 ERA.

Do you know the best professional athlete to ever wear number 46?

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Number 20 Retired by Yankees

The New York Yankees have retired jersey number 20 in honor of longtime backstop Jorge Posada. Posada caught for the Yankees over 17 seasons, during a productive winning stretch for the team, of which they've had many in their storied history. Posada wore number 20 as part of a battery that led New York's American League team to four World Series Championships. During that span, New York's number 20 was a five-time All Star and Silver Slugger. Posada also received a plaque in Monument park alongside some of his contemporaries.

Posada also joins a handful of great Yankee catchers who have been honored with a monument park plaque, including Yogi Berra, Bill Dickey, Elston Howard and Thurman Munson.

Do you know the best MLB athlete to ever wear number 20?

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Florida State Kickoff Number Switch

The Florida State Seminoles needed to improve their kickoff return game. Ranking 88th nationally in yards per return wasn't going to cut it. So they decided to add one of their fast, fierce hitters to the return squad from their defense. Jalen Ramsey, a cornerback, will now be on the field with Kermit Whitfield for kick returns. One problem though. Both players wear jersey number 8. Obviously you can't have two players on the field with the same jersey number at the same time. So, to get around the issue, Ramsey will change out of jersey number 8 when he takes to the field in a kick return capacity. No word yet on what jersey number he will change to for kicks.

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Number News

The Pittsburgh Steelers have signed kicker Garrett Hartley, to fill in for the injured Shaun Suisham. Hartley, who had great success with the New Orleans Saints in their run to the Super Bowl, will be wearing jersey number 8 for the Steelers. Interestingly, only three other players have worn number 8 with Pittsburgh: Tommy Maddox,
Everett Fisher and Joseph Yurcic.

The Arkansas Razorbacks' Anthony Brown has switched from defensive end to fullback. As such, he has switched his jersey number from 53 to 47 in order to be eligible to catch passes out of the backfield. It was additionally reported that quarterback Rafe Peavey has switched his jersey number from 9 to 2 for Arkansas.

Switching to Major League Baseball, relief pitcher Josh Wall has been called up for the Pittsburgh Pirates from their AAA affiliate in Indianapolis. He had a strong 2.93 in 23 relief chances at the AAA level. Wall will be wearing jersey number 61 for the Pirates.

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Braxton Miller - Number 1

Will Braxton Miller be changing his Twitter handle to @BraxtonMiller1, instead of @BraxtonMiller5? Why would he do that? Well, it was recently reported that with his move from quarterback to H-Back, he would also be changing his jersey number with the Ohio State Buckeyes, from 5 to 1.

With a glut of talented signal callers, and more importantly Miller needing to ensure his shoulder holds up through this season, Miller has taken on the new position where is supposedly already excelling. There is one caveat with wearing this new number in this new position for the Buckeyes however. Freshman wideout Johnnie Miller is wearing number 1 as well. So, both players won't be on the field at the same time.....or one of them will be changing their jersey number (again?).

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Number 18 for a Leaf Blower

Ben Zobrist wore number 18 with his two previous teams, the Oakland Athletics and Tampa Bay Rays. When he was traded to the Kansas City Royals, someone else already wore that jersey number. Coach Rusty Kuntz sported number 18 for KC. He willingly gave up his number to the newly acquired Zobrist. Tradition states however, that some remuneration occur for the jersey number relinquishment. So, in one of the more unique cases of compensation for a newly acquired athlete getting the jersey number they prefer, Zobrist is giving Kuntz a leaf blower. A down-to-earth exchange, if you ask me!

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New Jersey Devils Number Changes

New Jersey Devils' General Manager Ray Shero announced recently that three key members of the team would be changing jersey numbers. Forward Mike Cammalleri will go from jersey number 23 to number 13. Forward Jordin Tootoo will go from jersey number 20 to number 22. Defenseman Eric Gelinas will go from jersey number 22 to number 44. In a cool move, the Devils will exchange any of these players previously numbered jerseys for fans who purchased them at either the team store in the Prudential Center or online at The exchanges would need to happen in person at the team store between August 13 and September 13.

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Number 7 Patch on Cleveland Jerseys

According to, the Cleveland Indians will be wearing a patch on their jerseys this season of the number 7, in honor of Al Rosen. Rosen wore number 7 for Cleveland between 1947 and 1956, earning American League MVP honors in 1953. According to Fox Sports:

Rosen is the only person to have earned the MVP honors as a player and executive of the year as a member of a front office.

Rosen twice led the league in number of home runs, including his MVP season when he belted 43. Playing full time beginning in 1950, and spanning ten years, Rosen smacked 192 home runs, with 717 RBI (a category he also led the league in twice), and a .285 batting average.

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Herzlich Wearing Number 94 with Giants

Mark Herzlich was assigned jersey number 94 while playing football for Boston College.  That number became symbolic for him, as he fought through and overcame bone cancer.

After an astounding collegiate career, Herzlich signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Giants in 2011.  However, jersey number 94 was already taken.  Number 94 was worn by the Giants' fierce defensive end Mathias Kiwanuka.  So, Herzlich wore number 58 instead, as an NFLer.

Well, with the Giants' recent release of Kiwanuka, the number 94 became available for New York players.  And with New York re-signing Herzlich to a two-year contract, the former Boston College defensive standout will now be wearing jersey number 94 in the NFL for the Giants.  

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Revis' Jersey Number In Salary With Jets

The New York Jets have made a nod to Darrelle Revis' jersey number 24, in his new annual salary with his former and now current team. According to CBS, the Jets will pay Revis an annual salary of $14,024,212. The 24 is in honor of his jersey number and the 212 is a reference to the NYC area code.

Revis wore number 24 previously with the Jets between 2007 and 2012 as well as in his two one year stints with Tampa Bay and New England respectively.

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Number 11 - Will Boise State Retire It?

Is Boise State planning to retire jersey number 11 in honor of former standout quarterback Kellen Moore? That appears to be the case per a recent post on College Football Talk. Moore was a four year starter for Boise State, where he led the conference in multiple passing categories in each of those four seasons.

As a freshman, Moore led the Western Athletic Conference in passing completion percentage, yardage and touchdowns thrown. As a sophomore, he improved on those numbers by throwing for more yards and 14 more touchdowns than he did in his first season with the Broncos.

In that sophomore campaign, he was also named the Western Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year and finished in the top ten for Heisman Trophy votes.

In 2010, as a junior, Moore would lead not only his conference but the entire NCAA in passing efficiency rating and yards per play. He was now fully entrenched on the national radar as one of the best quarterbacks to watch. He would wind up fourth overall in Heisman Trophy voting for that season.

As a senior, Moore and the Broncos were now part of the Mountain West Conference. Different conference name, same results for Moore. He was first in the MWC in passing yardage, completion percentage and touchdowns thrown with a whopping 43. That was good enough for second overall in the NCAA that season, but no passer had a higher completion percentage than Moore's 74.3%.

So what do you think? With such stellar collegiate career passing numbers by Moore, is it just a matter of time before Boise State retires jersey number 11?

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Steve Blake Changes Jersey Number

To honor the late Jerome Kersey, who wore jersey number 25 for the Portland Trailblazers between 1984 and 1995, guard Steve Blake will give up his current number 25, and now wear number 5, according to Blake previously wore number 5 while with the Los Angeles Lakers and the Milwaukee Bucks, per

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Harden's Jersey Number To Be Retired by ASU

James Harden was a key factor in improving Arizona State basketball, with a 8-22 record before he arrived in 2007, to a 21-13 record in his freshman season. He was a first team All-PAC-10 selection, averaging 18 points per game as a first year player.

Now, the Sun Devils will recognize Harden's significant contributions to their basketball program by retiring his jersey number 13 during their upcoming game against PAC-10 rival UCLA. Harden's number will be the seventh retired in Arizona State basketball history.

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Zito To Wear Number 75 With A's Again

Barry Zito is back with the Oakland Athletics, and is once again wearing jersey number 75 according to a recent report.

In his previous stint with Oakland, Zito put up some impressive numbers, garnering 102 wins and a 3.55 ERA between the years of 2000 and 2006.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 52

Number 52 was worn by Pepper Johnson during his time as a New York Giant between 1986 and 1992. Johnson was selected in the second round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Giants, out of Ohio State University.

Johnson saw action as a rookie in all 16 regular season games en route to the Giants' Super Bowl victory over the Broncos following the 1986 season.

Playing the linebacker position for New York, Johnson would play seven seasons with Big Blue. In that time he was twice nominated to the Pro Bowl team, and contributed to two Super Bowl Championships as a key member of the vaunted Giants defensive squads.

In 106 regular season games with New York, Johnson notched 19 sacks, 10 interceptions and 579 tackles.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 51

Zak DeOssie wore number 51 as a two time Pro Bowl selection and a two time Super Bowl Champion with the New York Giants. DeOssie primarily plays on special teams as the Giants' long snapper. He has contributed quite a bit making tackles on kicks.
Zak DeOssie
Did you know......that Zak's father, Steve DeOssie also played for the Giants?

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Why Kareem Wore Number 33

There was a very interesting article in the New York Post recently about how one of the best players in New York high school basketball history, and eventually NBA history, came to wear his famous number 33.

At Power Memorial high school, there became a tradition of the big centerman wearing number 33, starting with a player named Waverly Davis, at the recommendation of a teammate named Richard Lombardi. Then came another good big man named Melvin Kellogg who wore 33 for Power Memorial.
Kareem 33
Then, in 1961, a freshman named Lew Alcindor would join Power Memorial. And he would wear 33. And his team would win 71 straight games with him wearing that number. And he would go on to win three NCAA championships wearing that number. And, after he changed his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, he won six NBA championships wearing that number. And the number was renowned throughout the world of hoops.

And Kareem would be my choice as the best NBA athlete to ever wear number 33. And it all started with the big man at a New York City high school wearing number 33 as a tradition.

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Pettitte Number 46 Retirement

The New York Yankees will be retiring jersey number 46 in honor of pitcher Andy Pettitte, as recently reported on Pettitte will get a plaque in Monument Park at Yankee stadium in addition to having his number 46 retired on August 23, which will be known as "Andy Pettitte Day". Pettitte 46

Pettitte is my selection as the best professional athlete to ever wear number 46. In his 15 seasons with the Yankees, out of 18 total he spent in the big leagues, Pettitte garnered 219 wins and was a key contributor to their postseason success.

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Terry's Number 31 To Be Retired by Arizona

It was recently reported that the Arizona Wildcats are retiring Jason Terry's jersey number 31 on February 19. Terry was a member of the Wildcats team that won the NCAA Basketball Championship in 1997.
As a senior, he averaged 21.9 points per game and was named the PAC 10 Player of the Year for 1999.
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Terry was a first round draft pick by the Atlanta Hawks in 1999.

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Number 10 To Be Retired By Bucks

The Milwaukee Bucks will be retiring jersey number 10 in honor of Bob Dandridge, as reported by Dandridge played for the Bucks between 1969 and 1977, and again in 1981.

Dandridge was an integral part of the Milwaukee Bucks team that won the NBA Championship in 1971. In his nine seasons with the team, he averaged a hefty 18.6 points per game.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 50

Number 50 has been retired by the New York Giants in honor of Pro Football Hall of Famer Ken Strong.  Playing in an early era of the National Football League, Strong filled several different positions. Although he was dubbed a "halfback", he could really do it all.

Strong originally started out as a member of the Staten Island Stapletons, coming out of New York University.  When that team folded, Strong joined the Giants.  He was a four-time All-NFL selection, who excelled at rushing, receiving and kicking the football.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 49

He's best remembered by the majority of football fans today as one of the all-time greatest head coaches for one of the Giants' biggest rivals. But longtime Giants fans and football historians will also remember Tom Landry, who wore jersey number 49 for New York, as one of the finest punters of his era.

In addition to punting, Landry also played defensive back and returned kicks for New York.

His prowess as a punter however, was evident statistically. The Giants' number 49 twice led the NFL in punting yardage over his playing career between the years of 1950 and 1955.

Over his six years as a Giant, Landry punted for 13,651 yards in the regular season. Add to that number, his impressive number of interceptions as a defensive back, 31, and you can understand why Tom Landry is the best New York Giant to ever don the number 49.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 48

Clarence Childs played for the Giants between 1964 and 1967, wearing the number 48. He excelled in returning kicks for New York, and twice ran them back for touchdowns. His rookie season was of particular note as he returned 34 kicks for 987 total yards and a league leading 29 yards per return attempt.

In 1966 Childs took an opening kick-off all the way back for a touchdown against Cleveland.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers- 47

Greg Jackson wore jersey number 47 for the Giants between the years of 1989 and 1993. The defensive back who played collegiately at LSU was drafted in the third round of the 1989 NFL entry draft by the New York Giants.

In five seasons with New York, Jackson picked off 14 passes for 114 yards and had four sacks. He played strong safety for the Giants en route to their Super Bowl XXV victory.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 46

The jersey number 46 hasn't been worn prolifically in the history of the New York Giants. But there have been a handful of players to wear the number for Big Blue in recent times. Of those athletes, the best could be considered to be Greg Lasker, who suited up as a defensive back for New York during the season of their first run to a Super Bowl Championship.

In 1986, Lasker appeared in 16 regular season games as a Giant. He was a contributor to their Super Bowl Championship over the Denver Broncos in January of 1987, recording two tackles in the big game.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 45

Emlen Tunnel is one of the best NFL athletes of all-time and is my selection as the best NFL athlete to ever wear the jersey number 45.  So, outside of Tunnel, who is the next best New York Giant to wear the same number?

Homer Jones wore number 45 for the New York Giants between the years 1964 and 1969.  Jones was drafted by the Houston Oilers of the AFL, but injured his knee in training camp and was subsequently cut from the team.  So the Giants, apparently recognizing Jones' talent and the injury for what it was, invited Jones to New York and payed for the required surgery on his knee.

Jones would see just three games of regular season action in the following year, 1964.  But the Giants keen eye for talent and their associated investment in Jones began paying off in 1965.  That season, Jones would catch the ball 26 times for 709 yards and six touchdowns.  Blessed with incredible speed, Jones had one catch that went for 89 yards, a league best for that season.  

The following season, playing at split-end, Jones would crack the 1,000 yard mark in receiving and up his touchdown total to 8.  He wasn't done improving though.  1967 would prove to be Jones' finest statistically speaking.  He racked up a hefty 1,209 yards receiving with a league-best 13 touchdowns.  He also ran the ball five times for 60 yards and another touchdown.  That effort was good enough for Jones to earn his first All-Pro honor from the UPI, amongst other publications.

In his relatively short career with the Giants (6 years), Jones amassed 4,845 yards receiving with 35 receiving touchdowns.  

His career yards per reception is number one overall in the NFL all-time.  

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 44

The Giants have had a few players wear the jersey number 44 with excellence on the gridiron.  The pick here goes beyond statistics however.  He played a position where contributions to the team's success aren't necessarily measured in "numbers".

Maurice Carthon played the fullback position for the New York Giants, wearing number 44, between the years 1985 and 1991.  During that time span, Carthon stopped defenders from attacking Joe Morris, Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler among others, en route to not one, but two Super Bowl Championships.

Although the big, bruising fullback did not accumulate massive statistics, considering he spent his first few years in the USFL, his offensive numbers in the regular season with the New York Giants are still nothing to sneeze at.  In seven seasons with New York, Carthon rushed for 941 yards and two touchdowns.  He also caught the ball for 735 yards for one touchdown.  

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 43

"Spider" Lockhart wore jersey number 43 for his entire NFL career, spent wholly with the New York Giants.  Drafted in the thirteenth round of the 1965 NFL entry draft out of North Texas State University, Lockhart would turn out to be a gem of a late round pick for the Giants.

The relatively tall, for a defensive back (6' 2"), Lockhart made an immediate positive impression on Giants coaches, players and fans as a rookie.  In his first season with New York, he put up some impressive defensive numbers, playing in 14 regular season games as a defensive back.  He picked off 4 passes for a total of 117 yards returned.

The rest of the NFL was now aware of Lockhart's talents.  That didn't stop him from intercepting six passes in his sophomore season with New York, en route to a Pro Bowl campaign.

Despite leading the league in recovered fumbles (with 4), and picking off 5 passes, Lockhart was not nominated for the Pro Bowl in his third NFL season.  His respite from that honor didn't last long however, as he was once again picked in 1968, after gobbling up 8 throws from the opposing teams' quarterbacks for a total of 130 yards returned and two touchdowns.

Over his full career as a New York Giant, Lockhart would tally 41 regular season interceptions for 475 yards returned and three touchdowns.  And in addition to returning punts and kicks, Lockhart also punted the ball several times for the Giants.

Did you know.......that the New York Giants wore a number 43 "Spider" patch during their 1986 Super Bowl season and the actual Super Bowl game which was played in January of 1987?

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 42

Wearing jersey number 42 for his entire lengthy professional football career with the New York Giants, Charlie Conerly established himself as one of the best quarterbacks to ever take to the gridiron with Big Blue.

Charlie ConerlyThe story of how Charlie Conerly came to be a New York Giant is an interesting one.  He was a standout player in college for the University of Mississippi.  He was enrolled at "Ole Miss" when he joined the American forces as a Marine during World War II, serving in the South Pacific.  The war ended in 1945, and that same year, the Washington Redskins drafted Conerly.

But Conerly chose to return to Mississippi, and in doing so, he became one of the best collegiate passers in the nation.  For the 1947 season, Conerly set new collegiate records for completions, yards and passes without an interception.

As the Redskins were established at quarterback when Conerly came out of Mississippi, his rights were traded by Washington to the New York Giants.  And so began Conerly's career as a Giant in 1948.

Conerly started in four regular season games as a rookie, playing in 12 total.  And as a matter of fact, number 42's first campaign as a Giant was his best, or at least most prolific statistically speaking.  He completed 162 passes for 2,175 yards and 22 touchdowns.  Only Sammy Baugh threw for more yards than Conerly that season, and only Tommy Thompson threw for more touchdowns (Conerly and Baugh both threw for 22 TDs).

Over his illustrious career throwing the ball for New York, Conerly would lead his team to the NFL championship game three times, winning it all in 1956 with a lopsided 47-7 victory over the Chicago Bears.  His regular season career marks were 1,418 completions for 19,488 yards and 173 touchdowns.  In 1959 he led the league in yards per pass attempt, and was named NFL MVP.

Did you know..........that Conerly's image was used for one version of the "Marlboro Man" advertisements?

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers- 41

Frank Walker wore jersey number 41 for the New York Giants between the years 2003 and 2006. The defensive back who was selected in the 6th round of the 2003 NFL entry draft out of Tuskegee, saw action in ten regular season games as a rookie, starting seven of them.

He put up some pretty good numbers in that first season with the Giants. He contributed 34 total tackles with two interceptions, one of which was for a touchdown.

Walker's rookie season would prove to be his finest as a member of the New York Giants, although he did make three interceptions, a forced fumble and 32 total tackles over the next three seasons, before signing with the Green Bay Packers for the 2007 NFL season.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 40

Number 40 has been retired by the New York Giants in honor of longtime Giant great Joe Morrison. Morrison wore number 40 over a stellar 14-year career with New York, playing a myriad of offensive positions.

Drafted in the third round of the 1959 NFL draft out of Cincinnati, Morrison contributed to the Giants' offensive attack in several different ways as a rookie. He rushed the ball 62 times, caught the ball 17 times, and also returned both punts and kicks.

Morrison's statistics were most voluminous as a receiver where he caught the ball enough times to rank in the top five all-time for New York Giants' receptions. Between 1959 and 1972, Morrison notched 395 receptions for 4,993 yards and 47 touchdowns.

Add to that his rushing numbers of 677 attempts for 2,474 yards and 18 touchdowns and it quickly becomes evident why the Giants retired his jersey number.

Did you know that Morrison was also a head football coach for three college teams between 1973 and 1988?

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 39

Although his jersey number 39 is most associated with him as a member of the Miami Dolphins, Larry Csonka also wore number 39 as a member of the New York Giants towards the latter half of the 1970s.

After his much heralded contribution to the Miami Dolphins as a bruising fullback, Csonka joined the World Football League (WFL) in 1975. That league folded not long after, and Csonka became a free agent. He joined the New York Giants for their 1976 season.

Csonka started 12 games for the Giants, toting the football 160 times for 569 yards and 4 touchdowns. An injury to his knee would cut his first season short as a member of the Giants.

Being the tough dude he was on the football field, Csonka was back at it with New York for the 1977 season, running the ball 134 times for 464 yards and a touchdown.

His final campaign as a Giant saw his rushing yardage number dip to 311 yards on 91 carries, but his number of touchdowns scored jump up to 6 during the 1978 NFL season.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 38

Number 38 was worn by Bob Tucker for the New York Giants between the years 1970 and 1977. Tucker played his college football at Bloomsburg before joining the New York Football Giants in 1970 as a tight end.

In his rookie season, Tucker would see action in 14 regular season games, starting 13 of them.  He immediately contributed with 40 receptions and 571 yards to go with 5 touchdowns.

Tucker's offensive production would remain fairly steady through his tenure with the Giants. In total, with New York, Tucker amassed 327 receptions for 4,376 yards and 22 touchdowns.

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Best New York Giants By The Numbers - 37

James Butler played defensive back for the New York Giants, wearing the jersey number 37, between the years 2005 and 2008.  Playing safety in a stellar collegiate career at Georgia Tech University, Butler joined New York as an undrafted free agent in 2005.

The tall (6' 3") safety would see plenty of action as a rookie, getting into 16 regular season games and starting in one of them.  He played well in first NFL season, gathering 2 interceptions, a fumble recovery and 30 solo tackles.

Butler's sophomore campaign as a Giant saw him spend much time on special teams, putting up similar tackle stats as his rookie year.

2007 would be somewhat of a breakout season for Butler as he saw more action at the strong safety position, both during the regular season, and on the Giants run to the Super Bowl Championship that season.  During the regular season, Butler notched a very healthy 61 combined tackles and one interception with seven passes defended.

In Super Bowl XLII, Butler led all New York Giants in tackles with 11 total and 10 solo.

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Number 4 - How Favre Came To Wear It

Name the most famous football player to ever wear the number 4. If you're an NFL fan, Brett Favre may come to mind rather quickly. And some sports fans may recall Favre as the greatest professional athlete in any sport, to wear the number 4.

If it wasn't for another great football player at the University of Southern Mississippi however, we might be recalling Favre as the most famous football player to ever wear number 10 in the NFL. There was an interesting article recently, about how Brett Favre came to wear the jersey number 4, beginning as a young freshman at the University of Southern Mississippi.

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In high school Brett Favre wore the jersey number 10. When he got to the University of Southern Mississippi as a freshman, he asked for the number 10. He was refused that jersey number, as it was off-limits to any future USM football player. The reason was that it once was worn by USM great Reggie Collier. As the first NCAA Division I quarterback to pass and rush for over 1,000 yards in the same season, Collier was known by Favre, and there was no question why number 10 was reserved.

So, Favre got the only available jersey number from the USM equipment manager. That number was 4. And Favre would wear it, not only as a stand-out at the collegiate level, but into the NFL, as a league MVP, Super Bowl Champion and Green Bay Packer retirement.

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