Ranking the 10 best receivers in NY Giants history
6. WR Plaxico Burress
This is one of the first examples in which we’re going to put overall talent and postseason success over accolades and stats. While Shofner may have better stats and more accolades, Plaxico Burress was obviously the more talented player, while simultaneously being a key reason for the NY Giants impossible 2007 Super Bowl run.
That season, Burress would catch 70 passes for 1,025 yards and 12 TDs. He was consistently showcasing his ability as an elite red zone threat. This ability would continue to showcase itself during the Super Bowl when Burress famously caught a fade pass from Eli Manning to seal the victory over New England.
In four seasons spent with the NY Giants, Burress would catch 244 passes for 3,681 yards and 33 TDs. He was the best receiver on the Giants for the duration of his stay with the team. However, his career with the Giants was cut short after an infamous gun situation in a nightclub midway through the 2008 season caused him to receive a two-year jail sentence.
This would have a devastating effect on the NY Giants, as after starting the season off 11-1, the team would lose three out of the last five games of the regular season and eventually lose in the first round of the playoffs to the Eagles. This just goes to show how much the team missed Burress when things mattered most that season.