New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images /
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Harry Carson, New York Giants
Harry Carson, New York Giants. Photo by Mike Powell/Allsport/Getty Images /

Inside Linebacker. 1976-88. Harry Carson. 5. player. 31.

The amount of elite linebackers who have worn the blue and white over the years is mind-boggling. We’ve already seen names like Jessie Armstead and Sam Huff on this list, and the latest in a long line of stud linebackers is Harry Carson.

One of the members of the Crunch Bunch, Carson was a consistent presence for one of the greatest linebacker units in NFL history. And yet, despite playing alongside players like Brad Van Pelt, Brian Kelley and Lawrence Taylor, Carson had no trouble standing out from the crowd.

As a result, he was named to nine Pro Bowls and six All-Pro squads. He was a key piece of the roster that won Super Bowl XXI, and routinely racked up huge stats with his excellent instincts, powerful hitting and nose for the football. This is shown by the 11 interceptions and 14 fumble recoveries he amassed during his illustrious NFL career.

Carson was one of the greatest players to ever suit up for the Giants, hands down. Furthermore, he was Bill Parcells’ good luck charm during an era in which New York routinely dominated the opposition. His dependable impact and relentless motor helped earn him his enshrinement in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.