New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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31. . Cornerback. 1959-66. Dick Lynch. 20. player

Looking back on his terrific career, it’s a bit baffling to imagine that Dick Lynch was only selected to one Pro Bowl during his eight seasons in New York. Regardless of what post-season accolades he received, Lynch absolutely belongs on this list of Giants legends.

One of the most underrated cornerbacks of his era, Lynch was a ballhawk before passing was the in thing in football. In 1961 and 1963, he led the NFL in interceptions with nine in both seasons.

During the latter season, he returned three of those nine interceptions for touchdowns, earning his first and only Pro Bowl/All-Pro combo as a result.

Either way, there’s no denying that Lynch was a monster in the secondary. The only cornerback to even make this list, he exemplified what outstanding coverage was. His 35 interceptions as a Giant (fourth in team history) and four career pick-sixes are proof that throwing in his direction was not a good idea.

Is he heralded throughout the league as one of the game’s best cornerbacks of all-time? Unfortunately not, but he was absolutely a star during his day and age. If it wasn’t for the litany of other big-time playmakers on the Giants defense during the 1950s and 1960s, Lynch may have earned more of the respect that he rightfully deserved.