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."