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    NY GIANTS' LEADERSHIP EMERGED DURING THE 2011 SEASON

    "Following the victory over the New
    England Patriots
    in Super Bowl 42 (circa 2007), the New York
    Giants
    lost one of their all-time greatest players and leaders, defensive
    end, Michael
    Strahan
    . The sure-fire Hall of Famer was the heart and soul of that
    Giants championship team and acted as the glue that held the players
    together.

    When Strahan retired , while his absence was certainly felt on the field, the
    loss was almost more so felt in the locker room. His leadership and ability to
    unite the Giants team left a void that needed to be filled quickly.


    From that time, there were players such as Eli
    Manning
    , Justin
    Tuck
    , and Osi
    Umenyiora
    who have been tenured Giants players, though none truly
    assumed the role of the outspoken leader that Strahan was during his career.
    Even Brandon
    Jacobs
    was often seem firing up the team before games after
    Strahan’s departure.




    It seems that all it took to see new leaders fully emerge was another playoff
    and Super Bowl run.




    In a season where the Giants found themselves ravaged with injury, multiple
    leaders surfaced from various units on the team. Safety, Antrel
    Rolle
    , ended up as one of the more vocal leaders, especially with his
    weekly appearances on WFAN 660 and his outspoken predictions.




    Within the linebacking corps, Michael
    Boley
    , was a somewhat silent but very productive leader. This unit
    needed someone to step-up, and Boley did just that. On the defensive line,
    leaders such as, Justin
    Tuck
    , Osi
    Umenyiora
    , and Chris Canty all seemed to stand
    out.




    On offense, linemen Chris Snee remained healthy and helped
    to guide his younger colleagues gel during the best season to date for their
    quarterback.




    And speaking of, possibly the single most important leader, Eli
    Manning
    , once again lead the New York
    Giants
    through one their most exciting seasons to date. The always stalwart
    Manning helped accrue Giants wins through a prolific season in which he helped
    the young wide receiver, Victor Cruz, set a New York
    Giants
    franchise receiving yards record. Manning now has the unquestioned
    loyalty and following of the entire team, which may be the most important
    takeaway from this season.




    The loss of that leadership and the unfilled shoes left behind by Strahan has
    finally been remedied. Much like the way the Giants found success this season,
    it took the strength of many to ignite the fire that would eventually lead to
    Big Blue’s fourth Super Bowl championship."


    “Never argue with an idiot. They will only bring you down to their level and beat you with experience.” MB Rule # 1
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