Hall of Fame Game Countdown: 2 More Days…

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Hall of Fame Game

Our GMEN HQ Hall of Fame countdown has officially reached a boiling point — the Giants will be making football plays on your television in TWO days at the yearly installment of the Hall of Fame Game. And with it, the 215-day break from NFL action will joyfully come to an end as the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants face-off in Canton, Ohio.

The number two: what can we say that’s worthy of discussion? There’s just not a whole lot of Hall of Fame quality here. Actually, the quality is completely MIA.

Of course — looking into the past — there’s always the two Super Bowl rings for the two active Giants Eli Manning and Mathias Kiwanuka from 2007 and 2011. Click for a Pro Football Reference reminder of those two Giant wins.

Chris Snee also has those two rings, but Chris unfortunately had to say goodbye to NFL football last week. Speaking of which, GMEN HQ has you covered with two stories:

  1. New York Football Giants: Chris Snee to Retire
  2. Remembering Chris Snee: A Personal Giants Memoir

Giants that wore number two:

Placekicker Raul Allegre wore #2 in New York from 1986-1991. Allegre didn’t begin the ’86 season on the Giants roster, but he was brought in to replace Joe Cooper in week four. He kicked 24 field goals during the Giants 14-2 regular season, including game winners in back to back weeks (11 & 12) at Minnesota and versus Denver. Allegre has a Super Bowl field goal on his resume, as well as a missed extra point.

QB Anthony Wright, formerly of Dallas Cowboy fame, wore number two with the Giants… albeit briefly. In fact, he’s the only non-special teams player to don the digits with Big Blue. Serving as the backup for Eli Manning in 2007, Wright completed 1 of 7 passes for 12 yards. But guess what? Wright’s got a Super Bowl ring. He would never take another professional snap.

On the current Giants roster, Brandon McManus is fighting hard for the kicking job wearing #2. He’s impressing with both leg strength and accuracy (two missed kicks during camp).

“I think I have the leg strength to compete here,” McManus said. “Hopefully I’ll get more chances here and we’ll see where it goes.”

“I just want to open some eyes and get more people to talk about me,” McManus said. “That has to help. I’m excited to be here and I’m getting a good opportunity to work with Josh. No matter what happens, there’s always auditions for the 31 other jobs in the league. Whatever happens has to help me for the future. You never know what’s going to happen.”

For McManus and the Giants, it all begins Sunday night at Fawcett Stadium. Five preseason opportunities to leave a lasting impression, five preseason games to outbattle your roster competition. Starting first with the annual Hall of Fame Game: Giants vs Bills.