Giants & Jets: Ranking the Best NFL Players in New York City
In recent years, the New York Giants and New York Jets have been a model of consistency. Arguably the largest market in the NFL, both teams have been in the media spotlight often, especially with the Giants' two Super Bowl wins in 2008 and 2012.
The athletes in New York become well known and are thrust into the limelight. Some of the greatest football players ever to play played in the state for either team. Whether traded, signed or drafted, most players make their name in the city that never sleeps.
The current rosters of the Giants and Jets are mixed with the old generation and the new generation. Some in their prime, some on their way out, and others on the verge of super-stardom.
But who are the top players currently in New York?
This list is based off a player's consistency, impact and performance during his time in New York. Whether he broke onto the scene as a big contributor or has shown an elite consistency year in and year out, these players have shown they are not one of the best in New York, but one of the best in the league.
5. WR Victor Cruz
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Undrafted, Victor Cruz has played with a chip on his shoulder and became an immediate fan favorite in New York.
Beginning 2011 as the Giants' fourth wide receiver, Cruz was a diamond in the rough. He ended the regular season as the Giants' leading receiver in every major category. He led the team in receptions (82), yards (1,536), touchdowns (9), yards per reception (18.7), receptions over 20 yards (25) and even yards after the catch (595). Cruz's numbers in yards, yards per receptions and receptions over 20 yards ranked him third in the league for each respective category.
Pretty good for an undrafted wide receiver.
Cruz showed the season wasn't a fluke, helping the Giants to the Super Bowl and even scoring a touchdown against the Patriots.
With Cruz's speed he has the ability to become a top receiver in the league he's arguably the most popular wide receiver in New York.
4. DE Jason Pierre-Paul
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Going into only his third year in the NFL in 2012, defensive end Jason Pierre-Paul has established himself as one of the game's top pass-rushers.
With injuries to Osi Umenyiora and Justin Tuck, Pierre-Paul received significant playing time in 2011, starting 12 games for the Giants. He produced big-time numbers, leading the team in sacks with 16.5, while being selected to his first Pro Bowl. He was also named First-Team All-Pro and even contributed to the Giants' Super Bowl run in the playoffs.
At 6'5", Pierre-Paul is freakishly athletic for a defensive end. The sky is the limit for this 23-year-old and you can count on him to make numerous Pro Bowls during his career.
3. C Nick Mangold
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A model of consistency, Nick Mangold has become one of the best centers in the league, if not the best.
Making the Pro Bowl four straight years from 2008-2011, Mangold has developed into one of the best and most important players on the Jets' roster since being drafted in the first round in 2006. Protecting quarterback Mark Sanchez, Mangold has been named a First-Team All-Pro three straight years by the Associated Press.
A fan favorite in New York, Mangold will be a mainstay on this Jets roster and will be one of the top centers in the league for years to come.
2. CB Darrelle Revis
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Loved by Jets fans and hated by every other team in the league, Darrelle Revis has become arguably the best corner in the league.
The scary part is that Revis is only 26 years old.
Establishing "Revis Island," Revis has shut down the game's best wide receivers, from Andre Johnson to Brandon Marshall and everyone in between.
Revis has made the Pro Bowl for four straight years and First-team All-Pro for three years straight.
Revis is one of the keys to success for this Jets defense and the team as a whole, and will make any quarterback think twice about throwing to the right side of the field.
1. QB Eli Manning
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Eli Manning: elite quarterback, two-time Super Bowl winner, two-time Super Bowl MVP, and currently, the best player in New York.
Proving the doubters wrong, Manning won his second Super Bowl in 2012, outperforming Tom Brady and beating the New England Patriots for the second time.
Manning ranked in the top 10 in every major passing category last season, and has shown time and time again why he is one of the game's best quarterbacks.
Manning id an elite quarterback and one of the game's best clutch players. Manning not only holds the NFL record for most touchdowns thrown in the 4th quarter in a single season with 15, but is tied for the record with the most road playoff wins with five, and is tied for the record with the most game-winning drives in a season with eight.
Manning, a model of consistency, is an iron man on the field with currently 119 straight starts and counting, good for third all time. He shows why he is the man in New York week after week, season after season.