New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Defensive Tackle. 1955-62. Rosey Grier. 18. player. 31.

Surprisingly, people outside of New York seem to forget that Rosey Grier actually started his dazzling NFL career with the Giants. Unfortunately, most folks remember him more for being a part of the Los Angeles Rams’ Fearsome Foursome defensive line.

During his days in the Big Apple, Grier quickly emerged as one of the NFL’s most disruptive defensive tackles. A powerful force along the interior with a massive frame and surprising athleticism for his size, the Penn State product didn’t take long to earn the respect of offensive linemen around the league.

Although he only made two Pro Bowl appearances and earned three All-Pro honors during his time with the Giants, Grier more than proved his worthiness for this spot on the all-time list. He made a case as one of the franchise’s best defensive tackles ever, even playing a key role in the club’s run to the championship in 1956.

Grier’s eventual departure via trade was certainly a disappointing way for his time in New York to end, but it doesn’t diminish the work he did during his eight years in town. Despite that, it may not be as impressive as the wide range of post-football activities he partook in.