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RoanokeFan
01-27-2012, 02:21 PM
TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE (http://www.bigblueview.com/2012/1/27/2752264/super-bowl-2012-top-10-players-who-helped-the-giants-get-there#comments)

"The 2012 Super Bowl between the New York Giants (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-giants) and
<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-england-patriots">New England
Patriots</a> creeps a little bit closer every day. I have been thinking a lot
about how the Giants got to this point, and I thought I would put together a
list of the 10 players who I thought had the most to do with getting the Giants
to Indianapolis.<div class="entry-body">


I also asked Mike and Sean for their lists, partially for reference as I put
mine together and partially so you could also see their thoughts on the subject.
Their lists will be underneath mine, which I will give you in reverse order
starting with No. 10.</p>
<p class="extend-divide"><a name="storyjump"></a>http://cdn1.sbnation.com/images/blog/star-divide.v5e9d7f1.jpg</p>


10. Kevin Boothe (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/3290/kevin-boothe)
-- Did you snicker when general manager Jerry Reese talked about the
importance of re-signing Boothe as a free agent? I did. I am not laughing now. I
am also not making any more 'big-butt' jokes. </p>


<span>9. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131487/jacquian-williams">Jacquian
Williams</a>/<a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/34516/devin-thomas">Devin
Thomas</a> -- Without the special teams plays they made against the <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/san-francisco-49ers">San Francisco
49ers</a> last week the Giants are not still playing. So, they have be on the
list.</span></p>


8. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2207/chase-blackburn">Chase
Blackburn</a> -- No one, including the Giants, thought Blackburn could play
as well as he has since the Giants brought him back when <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/131182/mark-herzlich">Mark
Herzlich</a> broke his ankle. Blackburn's experience, his leadership, and his
ability to get downfield and into passing lanes in coverage, have made a huge
difference in the play of the defense.</p>


7. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2262/osi-umenyiora">Osi
Umenyiora</a>/Justin Tuck (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2260/justin-tuck)
-- I am cheating here, but I have to mention both veteran defensive ends.
Umenyiora has been a difference-maker whenever he has played, with ine sacks and
two forced fumbles in nine regular-season games, and 3.5 sacks and a forced
fumble in the playoffs. </p>


6. Michael Boley (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1115/michael-boley)
-- Assumed the role of defensive signal-caller this season and had his best
year as a Giant.</p>


5. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2063/steve-weatherford">Steve
Weatherford</a> -- Whatever the reason New York Jets (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/new-york-jets) special
teams coach Mike Westhoff didn't think Weatherford was good enough to punt for
his team that's his problem. Weatherford had the best season of his career and
turned a devastating weakness into a Giants' strength.</p>


4. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108442/jason-pierre-paul">Jason
Pierre-Paul</a> -- It takes a special player to relegate Osi Umenyiora to
No. 3 on the depth chart. JPP is definitely that. At times this season it looked
like he was playing defense all by himself out there.</p>


3. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/71294/hakeem-nicks">Hakeem
Nicks</a> -- A very good season, and thus far a spectacular playoff
performance. The 'Hail Mary' catch against Green Bay was the highlight, but
while everyone has been talking about Victor Cruz (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/109584/victor-cruz) it
has been Nicks leading the Giants receivers in the postseason. He has 18 catches
for 335 yards (18.6 yards per catch) and four touchdowns in three postseason
games.</p>


2. Victor Cruz -- Is there really much more than can be said about
Cruz? The guy is probably the best story in the NFL this season. How many plays
did he make this season that changed the outcome of games? A lot.</p>


1. Eli Manning (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2235/eli-manning)
-- Classify Eli however you want. Fact is, he is one heckuva quarterback and it
is entirely possible that without him this season the Giants are a lot closer to
the 2-14 <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/teams/indianapolis-colts">Indianapolis
Colts</a> than to the Super Bowl. Without Manning the Giants could easily have
been a four- or five-win team.</p>


Honorable Mentions: I left a couple of guys off my list that I need to
give some props to. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/16768/ahmad-bradshaw">Ahmad
Bradshaw's</a> stats aren't great, but the Giants are clearly a different
offensive football team with him than without him. Antrel Rolle (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/1769/antrel-rolle)
did not have a great year, and he talks too much. Calling out some of his
teammates prior to the Jets game for not practicing enough turned out to be a
kick in the teeth that ended up being a defining moment for the Giants.</p>


Mike's List ...</p>


1. Eli Manning
2. Jason Pierre-Paul
3. Victor Cruz
4. Hakeem
Nicks
5. Michael Boley
6. Justin Tuck
7. Ahmad Bradshaw
8. Jacquian
Williams
9. Chase Blackburn
10. Steve Weatherford</p>


It was hard to leave off Ballard, Mario and Corey Webster (http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/2266/corey-webster),
heck, even Antrel.</p>


Sean's List ...</p>


1. Eli Manning
2. Victor Cruz
3. Hakeem Nicks
4. Jason
Pierre-Paul
5. Corey Webster
6. <a class="sbn-auto-link" href="http://www.sbnation.com/nfl/players/108531/jake-ballard">Jake
Ballard</a>
7. Osi Umenyiora
8. Michael Boley
9. Kevin Boothe
10.
Jacquain Williams/Devin Thomas/Chase Blackburn</p>


I had to throw in those three guys in at #10.
Without them, especially
Williams and Thomas, we don't advance to SB46."</p></div>

G-Man67
01-27-2012, 02:53 PM
in no particular order and this is tough



im going with Weatherford as well, since Dodge was so horrible last season



Eli



JPP



Webster



Boothe



Tuck



Boley



Cruz



Nicks



J. Williams - b/c we were very vulnerable and we needed a big play desparately ... SF was ready to finish us

GameTime
01-27-2012, 02:59 PM
Kevin Williams......

Gmen2005
01-27-2012, 02:59 PM
Kevin Boothe is quickly becoming my favorite offensive lineman. Smart guy from Cornell, very versatile. Plays well too.

Roosevelt
01-27-2012, 03:02 PM
Obviously when you get this far there are a lot of guys playing well. These are the guys who come to mind.


1. Eli
2. JPP
3. Cruz
4. Nicks
5. Blackburn
6. Booth
7. Ballard
8. Weatherford
9. Tynes
10.Boley

giantsfan420
01-27-2012, 03:20 PM
Kevin Williams......

fail

Mercury
01-27-2012, 03:25 PM
Rolle is very under-rated. He played CB in the slot much of the year, helping out because we were so thin at CB. A big reason why his stats aren't so good. He's also a leader.

bandwgn86
01-27-2012, 03:28 PM
Kevin Williams......lmao

THE_New_York_Giants
01-27-2012, 03:33 PM
Kevin Williams......lmao
Gotta throw Romo out there.
Thank god he sucks so bad

redjersies
01-27-2012, 05:40 PM
I know that my list will be biased, and I was unable to follow all the games. Plus, I base part of my list on who I think are great team leaders and add a team spirit to the team. Also, some of my list will be a type of "popularity contest," including players who I have become familiar with over the years. Nevertheless, here is my best attempt to list our top players (#1 being player who has helped the Giants the most of all):

#1 Eli Manning

#2 Hakeem Nicks

#3 Victor Cruz

#4 Osi Umenyora

#5 Jason Pierre Paul

#6 Corey Webster

#7 Justin Tuck

#8 Brandon Jacobs

#9 David Diehl and Ahmad Bradshaw (OK, I had to sneak a cheat in too...lol...I had to have an offensive lineman somewhere)

#10 Lawrence Tynes

*Honorable Mention: Manningham, Boley, Blackburn, Snee, and the whole team and coaching staff.

bandwgn86
01-27-2012, 05:42 PM
Kevin Williams......lmao Gotta throw Romo out there. Thank god he sucks so badhahaha.. so true add him to the list

RoanokeFan
01-27-2012, 05:44 PM
Kevin Boothe is quickly becoming my favorite offensive lineman. Smart guy from Cornell, very versatile. Plays well too.


When you have a player you tell "play there" and he does, and does well, you have to consider him for sure.

lnp12
01-27-2012, 08:15 PM
Kevin Boothe is quickly becoming my favorite offensive lineman. Smart guy from Cornell, very versatile. Plays well too.


Fun fact, Boothe actually graduated from the famed Hotel School at Cornell (my best friend goes there and talks about it all the time)...also one of if not the first football player drafted into the NFL from Cornell.

RoanokeFan
01-27-2012, 09:11 PM
Kevin Boothe is quickly becoming my favorite offensive lineman. Smart guy from Cornell, very versatile. Plays well too.


Fun fact, Boothe actually graduated from the famed Hotel School at Cornell (my best friend goes there and talks about it all the time)...also one of if not the first football player drafted into the NFL from Cornell.


I'd never heard that, thanks.

miked1958
01-27-2012, 09:35 PM
in no particular order and this is tough



im going with Weatherford as well, since Dodge was so horrible last season



Eli



JPP



Webster



Boothe



Tuck



Boley



Cruz



Nicks



J. Williams - b/c we were very vulnerable and we needed a big play desparately ... SF was ready to finish us


Not sure who to take out, but feel without some of the clutch TDs Mario has got us in this run we don't make it this far

DemandedAce
01-27-2012, 10:01 PM
KP always gets snubbed on these lists... the guy rated one of the top in the league in his position and did not allow a single touchdown all season. Let me repeat that, he did not allow a single touchdown all season as reported by PFF and rated one of the tops at the safety position, not to mention I feel safe knowing he's over the top most plays and he covers the whole backend a lot of the time.

JMFP2
01-27-2012, 10:14 PM
Obviously when you get this far there are a lot of guys playing well. These are the guys who come to mind.


1. Eli
2. JPP
3. Cruz
4. Nicks
5. Blackburn
6. Booth
7. Ballard
8. Weatherford
9. Tynes
10.Boley
</P>


Agree....nice list, and pretty much in the order I'd rank them.</P>


I think several guys deserve to be considered 10A, 10B, 10C, etc......guys like Webster, Williams, Ballard, Kiwi, Tuck, etc.</P>