These are the Giants Top 10 Linebackers of All Time. Being a linebacker for the New York Giants is hard enough, but to be in the top 10 of all time is a quite accomplishment.
A linebacker is a person that has no regard for his own body, willing to sacrifice himself so that his teammates can rally behind him and take the person out. Linebackers are the main guys of the defense. They make the call and run the show on the field.
A middle linebacker is the general of the defense, also the quarterback of defense. You as a defensive coordinator always put your best tackler and most hard nose player at the middle linebacker position.
Simply you have to be a leader on the field, you are the one that has to set the tone early. That's what a linebacker's suppose to do.
Brian Kelly was a defensive leader at the middle and outside linebacker position. He played in 127 games with the Giants and made one playoff appearance. He was part of the Crunch Bunch including Taylor, Van Pelt, and Carson. Kelly's years with the Giants: 1973-1982.
Jessie is a five-time Pro-Bowl selection. He was also a 1st-team All-Pro in 1997. His best year was in 1997 with 3.5 sacks, 2ints,1td, and 101 tackles.
In 2007, Jessie Armstead sign a one-day contract so that he can retire as a Giant after seasons with Redskins and Panthers. His years of playing with the Giants 1993-2001.
Many people say that Pepper Johnson was overlooked as a linebacker next to Carson and Taylor. Pepper was also on Super Bowl-winning teams in 1986 and 1990. During his time with the Giants he broke the 100-tackle mark three seasons in a row from 1990-1992. His years with the Giants were 1986-1992.
Gary was part of the great linebackers of the 80's and early '90s. He was the MLB of Super Bowl-winning teams in 1986 and 1990.
Lots of people remember Gary by putting a massive hit on Humphrey (Broncos RB ) while it was 4th-and-goal from the Giants' one-yard line to force the ball over to the Giants. His years with the Giants are 1984-1991.
Antonio is currently with the Giants now but since he arrived he done important things. He made the Pro-Bowl in 2006 and is on Super Bowl-winning team in 2007. Antonio was the heartbeat of the defense for the last four years by being a vocal leader at middle linebacker. His years with the Giants are 2005-present.
The Giants drafted Van Pelt in the second round pick No. 40. With the Giants he earned five straight Pro-Bowl selections from 1976 to 1980. He help the Giants to make a playoff appearance in1982. Van Pelt was another member of the Crunch Bunch. His years with the Giants were 1973-1983.
Carl Banks was drafted by the Giants in the first-round third pick overall. He played OLB opposite of Lawrence Taylor. Also he was part of the Super Bowl-winning teams in 1986 and 1990. Carl made the Pro-Bowl and first team All-Pro in 1987.
That year he had nine sacks and 101 tackles. His years with the Giants were 1984-1992.
Sam Huff was THE Giant during his years with them. He was a star at MLB and brought them six Championship Games. Also Sam made the Pro-Bowl five times and was named first-team All-Pro twice. Then Superstar Sam Huff was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1982. His years with the Giants were 1956-1963.
Harry Carson was one of the best run-stopping linebackers of his time. He was simply a hard nose player that got after it. Carson made the Pro-Bowl nine times, including seven in a row from 1982-1988.
He was a leader of the1986 Super Bowl champions, he lead the Giants in tackles six times during his run with them. Then finally he was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. His years with the Giants were 1976-1988.
THE Lawrence Taylor. There is no question he is No. 1 linebacker in Giants history, for the fact that he change the game by being the first “blind-side” pass rusher. Lawrence was one of the most feared players ever.
Here are some stats for you, he made the Pro-Bowl 10 years in a row between 1981 to 1990. He lead the league in sacks in 1987 with 20.5 (which is fifth all time).
LT is a four-time Defensive Player of the Year and an MVP in 1986. Also was part of Super Bowl-winning teams in 1986 and 1990.