Super Bowl 2012: 5 Surprise New York Giants That Will Come Up Huge

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Super Bowl 2012: 5 Surprise New York Giants That Will Come Up Huge
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Throughout Super Bowl history there is a long list of once little-known players who forever cemented their legacies in NFL lore by playing the biggest game of their lives on the biggest stage of their career. 

There's Max McGee, the former Packer tight end, who was called into duty during Super Bowl I after the starter went down with a shoulder injury.  McGee played through a hellacious hangover and finished the day with seven catches for 138 yards and two touchdowns.

There's Timmy Smith, the former reserve running back from the Redskins, who ran for a Super Bowl record 204 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-10 thrashing of the Broncos in Super Bowl XXII.  He finished his career with a mere 602 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.

The list goes on and on - Desmond Howard, David Tyree, Dexter Jackson, Phil McConkey, James Washington, etc.  These men are frozen in time, hung high in glass cases in the annals of the NFL, forever attached to their grand performances - performances that exceeded all fan expectations, and maybe even their own skill levels.

Here's a list of a few Giants who have the opportunity to join these men in the ranks of unlikely Super Bowl heroes. Some, of course, are more unlikely than others.  


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