New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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David Diehl, New York Giants
David Diehl, New York Giants. Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images /

27. player. 31. . Offensive Tackle/Guard. 2003-13. David Diehl

When you talk about flexibility and doing whatever it takes to help the team win, you have to include David Diehl in the conversation. A truly versatile asset for the Giants at the turn of the century, Diehl epitomized the idea of doing whatever is necessary to help the team win.

For Diehl, that meant playing nearly every position along the offensive line — specifically, he spent time everywhere except at center throughout his 11 seasons in New York. Although he primarily played and was drafted as a guard, some of his best work came when he stepped up as the starting left tackle.

In fact, his only Pro Bowl and All-Pro selections came when he was playing on the blindside.

For a fifth-round pick out of Illinois, the Giants couldn’t have asked for much more out of Diehl. Not only was he able to answer the call whenever his team needed him to bend, but he played a pivotal role in the franchise’s two most recent Super Bowl victories.

Diehl spent his entire NFL career in a Giants uniform, paving the way for one of the league’s best running games of the time, while also providing exceptional pass protection. For that, he absolutely deserves the recognition he’s currently receiving.