New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Phil Simms, New York Giants
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31. . Quarterback. 1979-93. Phil Simms. 16. player

Surprisingly, Phil Simms often gets overlooked in the discussion of great NFL quarterbacks of decades passed. It’s easy to understand, especially considering that most folks outside of New York these days largely know him for his broadcasting work.

However, as you’re probably aware, Simms’ career was one worth celebrating.

It started when the Giants shocked fans and foes alike, drafting Simms at No. 7 overall in the 1979 NFL Draft after many expecting him to fall out of the first round. Not long after he landed in New York, though, his star began to rise. By the time all was said and done, he had carved out a place for himself in Giants history.

Whether it’s the two Super Bowl victories (and one Super Bowl MVP award) or his two Pro Bowl appearances, Simms found a way to shine during an era in which the passing game was blossoming into the yardage factory it is today. As a result, he’s often seen as one of the most underrated quarterbacks of all-time.

More importantly, though, he’s one of the best Giants of all-time. The stats aren’t all that impressive in the grand scheme of things, but Simms did amazing work during his 14 years as New York’s field general.