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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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