New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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31. . Running Back/Kicker. 1933-35, 1939, 1944-47. Ken Strong. 22. player

Football was a completely different beast back in the 1930s. Players weren’t just expected to play their position, play it well and call it day. Instead, they were often asked to take on multiple duties, from playing numerous positions to coaching and playing for farm teams.

That’s exactly what Ken Strong did, and he did it with the best of them. Seen as one of the greatest all-around players during the NFL’s infancy stages, Strong was an unstoppable force for the Giants, wreaking havoc on the rest of the league as a runner, kicker, receiver and occasional returner. Back in his day, Strong was the football version of a Swiss Army knife.

Strong didn’t spend his entire career with the Giants. In fact, he made three separate stops with the G-Men. One of them included coaching their farm team, the Jersey City Giants, while waiting for his banishment from the NFL to be overturned.

Because of his efforts, Strong made two All-Pro teams with the Giants and was named to the NFL’s 1930s All-Decade Team. More importantly, you can now find his bust in the hallowed halls of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.