New York Giants: Their best players since 1970

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Giants Appearing in One Pro Bowl

Another list for the ages. Many of the below players were named to the Pro Bowl in seasons where the Giants were one of the best teams in the NFC. Others were simply standout players that particular season, but overall, this is a strong list.

Fran Tarkenton, Saquon Barkley, Ali Haji-Sheikh, Carl Banks, Pepper Johnson, Aldrick Rosas, David Diehl, Jack Gregory, William Roberts, Erik Howard, Steve Smith, Reyna Thompson, David Tyree, Janoris Jenkins, David Meggett, Jim Burt, Brad Benson, Victor Cruz, Josh Brown, Michael Thomas, Dwayne Harris, Antonio Pierce, Brad Benson, Jumbo Elliott, Olivier Vernon, Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie, John Carney, Norm Snead, Jeff Feagles and Terry Kinard.

Many of the players on this list are members of the Super Bowl teams but there are a few outliers from the Wilderness Years (1964-80) such as defensive end Jack Gregory.

In 1970, Tarkenton made the Pro Bowl as a Giant for the fourth straight season. He was traded back to the Minnesota Vikings in 1972 and led them to three Super Bowl appearances on his way to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ironically, one of the players received back in the trade for Tarkenton, veteran QB Norm Snead, made the Pro Bowl himself in his first season in Blue in 1972.

It’s amazing how many special teamers are on this list: Haji-Sheikh, Rosas, Thompson, Tyree, Meggett, Brown, Thomas, Harris, Carney and Feagles.

Rosas is one of four current Giants in this category (Barkley, Jenkins and Thomas are the others) who have designs on being named to more Pro Bowls.