Historically, when you think of the New York Giants, defense
is the first thing you think of and with good reason. Since 1925, the Giants
have had more defensive players named to Pro Bowls and inducted into the Hall
of Fame. While researching my candidates, once again the selections were many and
to decide with limited spots available. There will be a lot more of a debate on
the defensive side on who belongs on the Giants all-time defensive squad. Due to the talent at the linebacker position in Giants history,
I went with four linebackers and only three defensive linemen, although the Giants
played mostly a 4-3 base front seven throughout franchise history. Let’s take a look at
the selections and take stock in whether other alternatives might be more fair.
DE-Michael Strahan (1993-2007): Strahan’s storybook career with the Giants was truly remarkable as a second round selection out of Texas Southern. His 141.5 career sacks are a Giants record, but Strahan was more than a pass rusher as he excelled against the run as well. Strahan was not only one of the best defensive end of his generation and one of the best in Giants history with seven Pro Bowl appearances, four time first team All Pro and his 22.5 sacks in 2001 still stands today as the most in a season.