No. 1, you ask?
Well, when you combine them it makes sense.
Three signings of guys from the Donald Trump league, er...sorry, the USFL.
All had major impacts on Big Blue's first two Super Bowl titles.
Oates was the linchpin of Parcells' Suburbanites. Once he and Simms got over their fumbling-snaps problems in '85, he was the guy for two outstanding Giants' lines.
Carthon was the bowling ball who paved the way for Joe Morris and, later, Otis Anderson. You could not have been a linebacker—or worse, a defensive back—and liked seeing ole No. 44 barreling down on you!
But I'm still ticked at Parcells for giving Anderson a chance to score in Super Bowl XXI and not Carthon.
And last, Landeta. I know he's just a punter and that whiff in Chicago is still burned into the memory.
But with that team and that defense, Landeta's exceptional strength and accuracy put tremendous pressure on offenses to try to drive the length of the field for much of the game.