Ranking the Top 10 running backs in NY Giants history
3. Rodney Hampton
Accolades: Two-time Pro Bowler, 1986 Super Bowl Champion
Career stats: 104 games played, 1,824 attempts, 6,897 yards, 49 TDs
Similar to Joe Morris, Rodney Hampton was another fantastic player whose career was shortened by injuries. After being selected 27th overall in the 1990 NFL Draft, Hampton would have a pretty solid season splitting carries with the aforementioned Anderson. While Hampton still has a ring, he would miss the team’s Super Bowl victory his rookie year due to a broken leg.
This would be the only major injury of Hamptons career for the most part, as he would play 14 or more games every season until his last year in the NFL in 1997. Following his rookie year, Hampton would rush for 1,000+ yards in five consecutive seasons. Rushing for 10+ TDs in three out of those seasons, making two Pro Bowls in the process. In Hampton’s final healthy season with the Giants, he would rush for 827 yards and 1 TD.
Things then quickly went downhill for Hampton. Multiple issues with his knee would limit him to only two games in 1997. These injuries would turn out to be very serious, s following the 1997 season, Hampton would retire at the young age of 28. Ending his career as the NY Giants all-time leader in rushing yards.