THE NEW YORK GIANTS MOUNT RUSHMORE
Added by Vin D'Anton on June 7, 2013.
Bill Parcells led the Giants to two Super Bowl Championships as Head Coach.
NBC Sports’ Pro Football Talk is doing something unique during a time when NFL news is slow. Unlike most big sites that just rank the same nonsense every offseason, Mike Florio decided to make a Mount Rushmore of each NFL franchise.
There would be two; one voted by the fans and Florio’s picks. Problem with the fans vote is that the majority of online voters are probably young guys who don’t know much about the history of the G-Men. To me though, the biggest problem (which is a good one to have) is that there have been so many great Giants in their prestige history, making it so tough to leave certain guys out.
Florio had Bill Parcells, Eli Manning, Sam Huff and Lawrence Taylor. The fans had the same except they had Michael Strahan over Huff.
No Wellington Mara? Erik Kuselias of NBC Sports Network argued with Florio on TV about Mara, stating how he had too much of an impact on the NFL and to exclude him was wrong. Florio makes a good point, saying that he did better for the NFL as a whole than he did the Giants. Let’s face it, all real Giant fans who know their history know about the “15-year plan,” terrible coaching hires, and losing assistant coaches like Vince Lombardi, Tom Landry, Bill Belichick, etc. It’s hard to forget that Allie Sherman got the job that Lombardi coveted.
So Florio said Mara is a shoe in for the NFL Mt. Rushmore.
Having said all that it’s tough to keep Mara off for me. So here is my Mt. Rushmore for the New York Football Giants:
Wellington Mara, Bill Parcells, Lawrence Taylor and Frank Gifford.
I include Mara because his players loved him, the fans loved him and while I understand Florio’s point about doing more for the league, we should be honored that he did that much for it so he goes on our Rushmore. The NFL football is called “The Duke,” after Wellington, which has to count! Maybe I feel so strongly about him because he would never charge for PSL’s…I digress.
Parcells is a shoe in for me. Steve Owen is the all-time wins leader and is deserving (like I said this whole thing is tough), but Parcells took over a franchise that was in shambles.
From 1963 to until Parcells was hired in ’83, the Giants had three winning seasons. After his first season in which he went 3-12, Parcells would post only one more losing season that came in a strike year. He won Super Bowl XXI in 1986 and XXV in 1990, his final season.
Under Parcells, unlike Tom Coughlin, you were confident when the Giants would take the field. You knew the defense would dominate and you expected greatness. Parcells set the foundation for the coming decades of Giants football.
Since Parcells left the Giants, they have had eleven winning seasons and three Super Bowl appearances, winning two of them.
Lawrence Taylor is on there because…well let’s not waste time.
Now to Frank Gifford. I’m sure plenty of you will be upset that Eli is not on there. For the record, I am under the age of 30 and have loved Eli Manning to death from the moment he became a Giant.
Gifford though was a special player; a hall of famer as well. Eli is not a hall of famer, yet. I am not a numbers guy but unless he wins a third Super Bowl, he is not a hall of famer if the same numbers keep up.
Frank Gifford is the most versatile offensive player in team history. The running back could catch, return and throw. He had 14 career TD passes. He was the 1956 MVP and 4-time All-Pro. He was dynamic for over ten years. He is the greatest offensive player in Giants history.
On my Giants Mount Rushmore, you have the Hall of Fame patriarch, the greatest coach in Giants history, the best defensive player of all time, and the best offensive player in team history.
Who’s on your Giants Mt. Rushmore? Answer in comments!