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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