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Giants’ Mount Rushmore: Who Belongs on the Mountain? Part Two

If you were going to commission a New York Giants’ version of Mount Rushmore, who would be the four faces you’d put up there? That’s a tough task, considering the franchise has been in existence for 93 years, has 31 Hall of Famers associated with it has and retired the numbers of twelve players.

I narrowed it down by throwing a ton of names on the wall and see who stuck. The criteria was also simplified by favoring players who played for the club exclusively during their careers and yes, longevity counts. Throw in the individual’s overall persona and standing in league history.

To make it clearer, I decided to not look back any further than the 1950s because football was different game until the Paul Brown era and I don’t really consider it the same game. The ball was rounder before then, the rules were much different and so were tactics and strategies.

This is the first part of a four-part series. The first three posts will consist of honorable mentions with the final piece revealing the four face of New York Giants Football.

In Part One, we revealed three Honorable Mention candidates: LB Sam Huff, OT Rosey Brown and QB Charley Conerly. In this piece, the second of a four-part series we will name four more honorable mentions.

DE Andy Robustelli

Robustelli began his career with the Rams in 1951, a 19th round draft pick out of Arnold College (now part of the University of Bridgeport) and won an NFL Championship in Los Angeles in his rookie season. In 1956, at age 30, Robustelli was traded to the Giants where he wold play 116 games at right defensive end until his retirement in 1964. In his first season with Big Blue, Robustelli led the vaunted Giants’ defense to the NFL Championship. As a Giant, he was named to six Pro Bowls, first team All-Pro six times and second team All-Pro twice. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Giants Ring of Honor in 2010. After his playing career, Robustelli went to work for the team in the front office, eventually rising to the rank of GM in 1974.

DB Jimmy Patton

Patton was selected by the Giants in the eighth round of the 1955 NFL Draft out of Ole Miss and played 153 games for Big Blue from 1955-66. He was a key cog in Tom Landry’s defense of the late 1950s being named a first team All-Pro five times. He once ran back a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns in the same game vs the Redskins. In his NY Times obituary in 1972 after he was killed in an auto accident, Patton was described as such: “In the gangbusters world of pro football, “little” Jimmy Patton used guile and instinct and courage to shape his 5‐foot 10, 180‐pound frame into one of the game’s outstanding safetymen. When he retired in the spring of 1967 after 12 seasons with the New York Giants, Patton was lauded by Coach Allie Sherrhan as a competitor who ‘had the three qualities found in the best players —consistency, top performance and great, heart.’”

QB Y.A. Tittle

Tittle played only four seasons with the Giants from 1961-64 but he had his best campaigns in Blue….The Giants went 31-5-1 with him under center in his first 3 years, then finished 2-10-2 in ’64 which would be his last in the NFL. Remember that famous photo of Tittle on his knees at Forbes Field, helmet off, head bleeding? Unfortunately that’s how many remember him as a Giant. He led the NFL in TD passes in ’62 with 33 and his 36 TD tosses in ’63 is a franchise record and was an NFL record that stood until Dan Marino shattered it in 1984 with 48. Tittle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971 and the Giants Ring of Honor in 2010. His jersey number 14 is retired by the Giants.

RB Tiki Barber

After a slow start to his career, in which he experienced ball security issues, Barber went on to become one of the most complete backs in the NFL. Too bad he retired before he could win a championship. His numbers are stellar, but the’s a year or two shy of getting any serious Hall consideration. He had 15,632 total yards from scrimmage, which is 13th all-time in the NFL. If he played one more season, he gets to the Super Bowl and perhaps 1800-2000 more yards, which puts him in the top 10 all-time. Every other player in the top 12 is in the hall except for Frank Gore because he’s still active (Miami signed him). He is the Giants’ all-time leading rusher with 10, 449 yards and is third all-time in receiving yards behind Amani Toomer and Frank Gifford. Unfortunately, Tiki could never be on the Mount because the fans still hold a grudge because of the way he left the game.

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