8. Antonio Pierce
Accolades: one-time Pro Bowler, 2007 Super Bowl Champion
While Antonio Pierce’s time with the NY Giants was short, only playing five seasons with the team, he was a total star for the team. Pierce posted 491 tackles, 33 pass deflections, four interceptions and much more.
After signing with the Giants in 2005, Pierce would begin his reign of dominance. He racked up 95+ combined tackles in four consecutive seasons while making a Pro Bowl in the process. In addition to all of this, Pierce would also play a huge role in the NY Giants legendary 2007 Super Bowl victory against the New England Patriots. In that game, he posted 11 combined tackles in the Super Bowl and 25 tackles total in that year’s postseason.
However, after sustaining a neck injury in Week 9 of the 2009 campaign, Pierce would be released at the end of the season and would never play in the NFL again. He would eventually retire at the young age of 30.
It is very unfortunate that Pierce was forced to retire so early, as he was truly a dominant force in his prime. Pierce made an unbelievable impact during his five seasons with the NY Giants. While he may not be a career Giant, he was undoubtedly the heart and soul of the team’s defense that played a huge role in the NY Giants Super Bowl victory.