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    TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE

    TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE

    "The 2012 Super Bowl between the New York Giants and
    New England
    Patriots
    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.



    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.





    10. 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.




    9. Jacquian
    Williams
    /Devin
    Thomas
    -- Without the special teams plays they made against the San Francisco
    49ers
    last week the Giants are not still playing. So, they have be on the
    list.




    8. Chase
    Blackburn
    -- No one, including the Giants, thought Blackburn could play
    as well as he has since the Giants brought him back when Mark
    Herzlich
    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.




    7. Osi
    Umenyiora
    /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.




    6. Michael Boley
    -- Assumed the role of defensive signal-caller this season and had his best
    year as a Giant.




    5. Steve
    Weatherford
    -- Whatever the reason 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.




    4. Jason
    Pierre-Paul
    -- 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.




    3. Hakeem
    Nicks
    -- 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 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.




    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.




    1. 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 Indianapolis
    Colts
    than to the Super Bowl. Without Manning the Giants could easily have
    been a four- or five-win team.




    Honorable Mentions: I left a couple of guys off my list that I need to
    give some props to. Ahmad
    Bradshaw's
    stats aren't great, but the Giants are clearly a different
    offensive football team with him than without him. 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.




    Mike's List ...




    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




    It was hard to leave off Ballard, Mario and Corey Webster,
    heck, even Antrel.




    Sean's List ...




    1. Eli Manning
    2. Victor Cruz
    3. Hakeem Nicks
    4. Jason
    Pierre-Paul
    5. Corey Webster
    6. Jake
    Ballard

    7. Osi Umenyiora
    8. Michael Boley
    9. Kevin Boothe
    10.
    Jacquain Williams/Devin Thomas/Chase Blackburn




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

    “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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    Re: TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE

    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


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    Re: TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE

    Kevin Williams......
    "Measure Twice......Cut Once"
    You couldn't be more full of **** if you were break dancing in a Port-a-Potty.......Kruunch

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    Re: TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE

    Kevin Boothe is quickly becoming my favorite offensive lineman. Smart guy from Cornell, very versatile. Plays well too.

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    Re: TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE

    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
    http://boards.giants.com/image.php?type=sigpic&userid=25347&dateline=138526  4905

    Torque it till it breaks, then back off a quarter turn.

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    Re: TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE

    [quote user="GameTime"]Kevin Williams......[/quote]

    fail

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    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.
    the "realist" is a lazy piece of crap that works on his tan while sipping a margarita,
    the pessimist changes the sails while complaining about the lazy piece of crap,
    and the optimist changes the sails while hoping the lazy piece of crap will start to do his share of the work.

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    Re: TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE

    [quote user="GameTime"]Kevin Williams......[/quote]lmao

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    Re: TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE

    [quote user="bandwgn86"][quote user="GameTime"]Kevin Williams......[/quote]lmao[/quote]
    Gotta throw Romo out there.
    Thank god he sucks so bad

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    Re: TOP 10 PLAYERS WHO HELPED THE GIANTS GET HERE

    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.









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