Before we get into the Hall of Fame Game Countdown review — GMEN HQ would like to take the time to point out two things:
- There are now 30 days remaining until the HOF game against the Buffalo Bills
- GMEN HQ would like to wish our fellow NFL fans a Happy Independence Day
Number 30 in Giants history brings to mind one name: Dave Meggett.
Over at Big Blue View, Ed Valentine looked into #30 back in 2010 in his Giants by the Numbers series. Here’s what he had to say about one of the best and most exciting RB’s in New York Football Giants history:
The 5-foot-7, 190-pound Meggett was undoubtedly one of the best all-purpose offensive players in Giants‘ franchise history. As a running back, receiving threat, punt and kick off returner Meggett proved to be an extraordinary weapon for the offensively conservative Giants from 1989-94.
He amassed 8,641 all-purpose yards as a Giant. He is the Giants’ all-time leader in punt-return yardage with 2,230, and his six career touchdowns on kick returns is the most in franchise history.
Meggett played four more seasons after leaving the Giants — with New England and the Jets — and ended his career with 13,996 all-purpose yards.
When Meggett left the Giants as a free agent to follow Bill Parcells to New England, the New York Times called him “the Giants’ best special teams player ever and in many ways its heart and soul.”
It was fitting that Meggett followed Parcells to New England. When Meggett was drafted in the 5th round in 1989 it was over Parcells’ objections. He did not want the smallish running since he already had Joe Morris. Eventually, though, Meggett won Parcells over and became a key player for him.
What an outstanding number 30 for the Giants. These days, that player is Cooper Taylor, a second year safety out of Richmond. Cooper Taylor was drafted by the Giants in the fifth round of the 2013 NFL Draft. While Cooper only has three tackles thus far in his NFL career, he can boast a touchdown via blocked punt return. What would you do to have one genuine touchdown on your NFL resume? How cool would it be to wear Dave Meggett’s jersey?
With the loss of Will Hill, Cooper Taylor has a chance to develop into a solid GIANTS player. How do you think he will do in 2014, Giants Nation?
Anther honorable mention at number 30 is former fullback Charles Way, who has recently accepted a position as the NFL’s new Head of Player Engagement. Special assistant Jesse Armstead could be next in the pecking order to replace Way as the Jints Director of Player Development.
Thus far, we’ve done six editions of our Hall of Fame Game Countdown. Make sure to look back to our past versions as there is some GIANT football information contained in the following links. Check them out, starting with day 36:
30 GIANT days to go…
Is it football season yet?