New York Giants: Franchise player
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|Lawrence Taylor redefined the linebacker position during his career.|
Readers' pick: Lawrence Taylor, LB
This is the biggest no-brainer in the division. Taylor redefined his position and he was a nightmare for offensive coordinators. From the time he retired, every scouting director has been in search of the next Lawrence Taylor. And there's a good chance that will never happen.
The recently retired Michael Strahan checks in at No. 2, and quarterback Phil Simms is third. I'm proud to see that Giants fans haven't completely forgotten about the great Andy Robustelli, who went to seven Pro Bowls as a defensive end in the 50s and 60s. He missed one game during his 14-year career.
That said, I'm somewhat startled to see that Hall of Famers Sam Huff and Harry Carson finished behind Tiki Barber.
Maybe I still have a bad taste in my mouth about Barber's less-than-gracious exit, but I think Huff and Carson deserve more credit.
One more thing: Any particular reason the great Rosie Brown was left off the list? Last time I checked, he was in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.