New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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Rosey Brown. 2. player. 31. . Offensive Tackle. 1953-65

It’s not often you find offensive linemen this high on all-time great lists. However, in the case of Rosey Brown, there was no way I could keep him out of the top-3, considering the monumental impact he made during the Giants’ early days of dominance.

Owning the trenches when they were still trying to figure out this great game, Brown was everything you could want in an offensive tackle. He was powerful at the point of attack, but quick and athletic enough to mirror opposing defensive ends. From the first day he stepped onto the field for the Giants until his retirement, he was one of the very best in the game.

Don’t take it from me, though. Instead, take it from the folks who named him to nine Pro Bowls and nine All-Pro teams during his 13-year career.

Want another awesome tidbit about Brown? How about the fact that, during said 13 years, he missed only four games? That’s nearly unprecedented consistency, especially for an offensive lineman.

Brown played a huge role in the Giants’ championship run in 1956, and continued to be a wrecking ball until finally calling it a career in 1965. 10 years later, he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame as arguably one of the greatest offensive linemen to ever play the game. Hence, his designation as the No. 2 Giants player in franchise history.