New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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. Defensive Tackle. 1948-55. Arnie Weinmeister. 11. player. 31

A 17th-round pick out of Washington, Arnie Weinmeister didn’t exactly enter the league with expectations of stardom. By the time his career was over and all was said and done, though, he had asserted himself as one of the Giants’ all-time greatest defenders.

That’s mildly surprising, seeing as Weinmeister only spent four of his eight years of professional football with the Giants. He was originally drafted by the then-New York Yankees, and then went on to play with the BC Lions in the CFL after his days in the Big Apple were over. The impact he made during his time with the G-Men, however, was unmistakable.

In each of his four years with the Giants, Weinmeister made the Pro Bowl and was a First-Team All-Pro. Who else can say that, during every year they spent with a particular team, they were seen as the cream of the crop? That’s exactly what Weinmeister can claim, even if it was short-lived.

Weinmeister was a monstrous defensive tackle who was an unstoppable force against the run and demanded opposing teams’ utmost attention. While his time in New York may not have been long, his ability to change the game from the defensive tackle position simply can’t be overlooked.