Oct 12, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; The helmet of New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning (10) (not pictured) sits on the field as players stretch during warm ups before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. The Eagles defeated the Giants 27-0. Mandatory Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
1- Emlen Tunnell(1948-1958):
Not only is Emlen Tunnell the greatest cornerbacks in New York Giants history, he is an all time great. Tunnell recored 79 interceptions over his career, 74 coming as a member of the Giants. In his 11 years with New York he never recorded less then 6 picks in one season. Think about that. For more then a decade his lowest season total as a Giant was 6 interceptions. He racked up over 1200 yards returning those 74 picks and brought 4 of them to the house. Aside from his ballhawking prowess Tunnell recovered 15 fumbles, amassed 3,500 yards returning kicks and punts and recorded 6 touchdowns as a return man (5 Punts & 1 Kick). In total he accumulated 4706 yards and 10 TD’s, while never playing offense. He appeared in 9 pro-bowls, was first team All-Pro 4 times, and led the league in interceptions 9 times. He won an NFL Championship in 1956 when the Giants defeated the Chicago Bears. As his star on the field wasn’t big enough, Tunnell broke barriers as a man. He was the first African-American to play for the Giants and the first African-American to enter the Pro Football Hall of Fame when he was inducted in 1967.
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