New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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Frank Gifford, New York Giants
Frank Gifford, New York Giants. Photo by Anthony Correia/Getty Images /

player. 31. . Running Back. 1952-64. Frank Gifford. 6

Another one of those long-ago superstars, Frank Gifford was a versatile running back for the Giants during the 1950s. Seriously, whatever New York needed from him, chances were Gifford did it and did it better than just about anyone in the NFL.

That’s why he was named to eight Pro Bowls (at three different positions) and six All-Pro teams during his illustrious 12-year NFL career, all of which were spent with the Giants. During that time, he also led New York to a championship, winning the league’s MVP award in the same season. Gifford exemplified what it meant to do it all back when it was still a thing.

As a result, you can now find Gifford’s bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. It’s easy to understand why. Whether he was carving up defenses as a running back and wide receiver, or shutting down opposing quarterbacks as a cornerback, there didn’t seem to be anything Gifford couldn’t do well — he even did some work under center.

Gifford went on to be an award-winning broadcaster, serving as the play-by-play announcer for Monday Night Football for 27 years. While that was quite the accomplishment, it paled in comparison to the amazing career he put together as one of the greatest Giants players of all-time.