New York Giants: George Martin

Bill Parcells chose former Giant George Martin to present him at his Pro Football Hall of Fame induction next month.

But when asked who he would pick to start a team, Parcells said he would tab another one of his former Giants defensive greats.

[+] EnlargeLawrence Taylor and Bill Parcells.
AP Photo/Ray StubblebineLawrence Taylor was enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1999. Bill Parcells will join him on Aug. 3.
"There are priority positions in this game," Parcells said on a conference call. "Quarterback is one of those. I'd consider that but ... I'm a little prejudice. I think I'd take Lawrence Taylor."

Parcells was given the option of choosing any player he coached, coached against or seen. He opted to take arguably the greatest defensive player in the history of the game.

"Because I know he's going to be there every Sunday and try his best to win the game ... for sure," Parcells explained.

Parcells coached Taylor for eight seasons (1983-90). During that span, the Giants won two Super Bowls ('86, '90).

Do you agree with Tuna? If you were to start a franchise with any player from any point in history, who would it be and why?
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The list: 50 Greatest Giants Photo Gallery  Rank 'Em: Your top 20 »

As the G-Men get ready to play the St. Louis Rams on the next edition of "Monday Night Football," ESPNNewYork.com is proud to announce its list of the 50 Greatest Giants.

Putting this list together was a tall order, considering Big Blue's long and storied history, which includes three Super Bowl wins.

There is plenty of room for debate -- in terms of who we selected, and in terms of what order we placed them in. And we welcome your feedback! Feel free to use the comment feature below.

We wanted to include a wide range, in terms of positions. And we certainly could have included at least a couple more current Giants -- in fact, two of them just missed the cut. But they've got some time left in their careers, and will likely make this list when it's all said and done.

Who are they? We'll, why don't you take a guess?

With that said, let 'er rip! Enjoy the photo gallery, and use our list ranker to assemble your very own top 20.

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