Sep 25, 2014; Landover, MD, USA; A New York Giants player
5. Aaron Norman Thomas
We begin our list with Aaron Norman Thomas, you might be a little young to remember him as he was part of the AFL days. The Arkansas native was drafted in the fourth round in the 1961 NFL Draft by the San Francisco 49ers, but after just one season, Thomas moved out east where he made a name for himself.
The old-timer would go on to play eight seasons for the Giants and even made the Pro-Bowl in the 1964 season. Thomas is 12th overall in receiving yards for the Giants and second all-time in the tight-end category with 4,253. In 117 games, he grabbed 247 receptions and scored 35 touchdowns, which is still a team record for tight ends.
Despite the outstanding numbers that Thomas put up during his time in the blue, he was one of the first in the position to stand out. Thomas was one of the very first brand names in the tight end position during that time and there weren’t many.
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