New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

Eli Manning, New York Giants. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images
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1948-61. Charlie Conerly. 23. player. 31. . Quarterback

Apart from the two signal callers you’ll find further down this list, there aren’t many Giants quarterbacks worthy of inclusion. However, if there’s one name from many years ago who deserves the recognition, it’s Charlie Conerly.

In fact, some people would probably try to convince you that Conerly is the greatest Giants quarterback in history. It’s a fair statement, although I’m not going to attempt to sell you on that.

What I will tell you is that, despite the era’s limitations in the passing game, Conerly had no problem making a name for himself in New York.

More specifically, the name “Chucking Charlie Conerly” for his impressive ability to toss the pigskin. His passing talents led the Giants to three championship games in four seasons, including their dominant win over the Chicago Bears in 1958. Some of his personal honors included two Pro Bowl selections and the NFL MVP award in 1959.

The passing game back then was worlds apart from what it is today, which makes it all the more amazing when you consider what Conerly accomplished. Can you believe he still owns several franchise passing records all these years later?