New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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Center. 1931-45. Mel Hein. 3. player. 31.

Known as “Old Indestructible,” Mel Hein was a superstar during the early days of football. Although he played the center position, he was a two-way monster for the Giants and helped pave the way for the franchise’s unprecedented success in the 1930s.

Starring in New York for 15 years, he appeared in 172 consecutive games for the Giants while playing center and linebacker. As a result of his otherworldly talents, Hein was named an All-Pro for eight consecutive seasons. On top of that, he earned the NFL MVP in 1938, leading the Giants to the second of two championships during his time in the Big Apple.

Although he did win two titles, Hein actually played a part on seven championship teams. Things weren’t as competitive in the 1930s as they are these days, but that’s still quite the accomplishment.

Even after his playing days were over, Hein turned his attention towards coaching and administration. Not only did he make an unmistakable impact for the Giants, but he lent his talents to the entire football world overall. That deserves all of your praise, and then some.