Giants With No Pro Bowl Appearances
The list of Giants who never represented the team in the Pro Bowl since the merger is staggering:
Ottis Anderson, Amani Toomer, Brandon Jacobs, Chris Calloway, Ike Hilliard, Hakeem Nicks, Ahmad Bradshaw, George Martin, Troy Archer, Keith Hamilton, Jason Sehorn, Howard Cross, Doug Van Horn, Kerry Collins, Jeff Hostetler, Brian Kelley, Plaxico Burress, John Mendenhall, Perry Williams, Gary Reasons, Doug Riesenberg, Rob Carpenter and Mark Collins.
This group consists of Anderson, the MVP of Super Bowl XXV and two players that have been enshrined in the Giants Ring of Honor – Toomer and Martin.
Toomer is the Giants’ all-time leader in receptions (668) and receiving yards (9,497). Martin played in 201 games for Big Blue from 1975-1988 and recorded a sack of Denver QB John Elway for a safety (along with Erik Howard) in Super Bowl XXI.
Jacobs, holds the Giants’ franchise record for rushing touchdowns (60) and is fourth all-time in rushing yards (5,087). Mendenhall was one of the finest defensive tackles in the NFL during the early-mid 1970s and Collins was actually named a first-team All-Pro in 1989 but was left off the Pro Bowl roster.
Hamilton played in 173 games and his 63 sacks ranks fifth in Giants’ franchise history. Only Eli Manning (232) and Michael Strahan (216) have played more games in a Giant uniform than Cross (207).
Kelley was one of the “Crunch Bunch”, the famous linebacker unit of the early 1980s along with Brad Van Pelt, Lawrence Taylor and Harry Carson. Reasons would become part of that unit after Kelley retired along with Carl Banks.