The Hall of Fame Game is in 23 days… in honor of our royal highness, LeBron James. NOT.
Former Giants cornerback Perry Williams wore #23 for the entirety of his NFL career, spanning ten Big Blue seasons. He was a starter on the 1986 Super Bowl team and served as valuable depth on the 1990 Champions. In terms of stature, Williams was a massive corner for the era he played in at 6’2 203 lbs. He wasn’t the most agile, but Williams was sharp, a secure tackler and Bill Parcells called him “the best-conditioned player I’ve ever had.”
Ironically, Williams signed on with the Jets during training camp in 1994, but he retired before the 53-man roster was set. He retired a career-Giant:
“I don’t think I had the team made. But I felt the time had come. Physically, I felt I had something left. Mentally, I was starting to age a little bit. I was getting drained. I knew I was starting to lose it.
Who else donned the 23? How about another cornerback who twice road through the Canyon of Heroes — Mr. Corey Webster. C-Web’s nine-year run came to a close this offseason when the organization voided his 2014 contract. He remains a free agent.
Despite playing a vital role in the Giants pair of titles in 2007 and 2011, Webster’s character came under question late his tenure. Former Giants linebacker and current broadcaster Carl Banks tweeted this:
— Carl Banks (@CarlBanksGIII) February 8, 2014
“We brought in Rashad Jennings and he’s definitely a bell cow type of a running back – he can run it, he can catch it, he can block, he can do everything with it.”
Jennings won’t shake and bake away from many would-be tacklers, but he will run OVER and THROUGH his fair share. He’ll have every opportunity to replace Ernie Koy as the most productive #23 wearing RB in New York Giants history. Does the 29-year old Jennings have the legs to get it done? How about a little “Wildcat” for some forward momentum…
Is it August 3rd yet?