New York Giants: Ranking the Top 5 Giants Running Backs of All Time

Matthew Wolfe@@DatDudeMKWCorrespondent IIIJuly 23, 2011

New York Giants: Ranking the Top 5 Giants Running Backs of All Time

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    The New York Giants, established in 1925, have had many talented running backs over the years.

    Some of the former Big Blue running backs are up there with the greatest of all time, though they might not all get the proper recognition.

    With over 80 years of history, the G-Men are one of the most historic franchises in the league, and have seen some of the best backs around.

    Here is a list ranking the top five Giants running backs of all time.

5. Frank Gifford

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    Gifford was drafted in the first round of the 1952 NFL Draft by the Giants, and he remained a member of the Giants for his whole career.

    He began his career playing both offense and defense, and made eight Pro Bowls at three different positions—defensive back, running back and wide receiver.

    His best season came in 1956, when he was named MVP and lead the Giants to the NFL title over the Chicago Bears.

    Gifford was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.

    Career Statistics: 3609 YDS Rushing, 34 TD Rushing, 5434 YDS Receiving, 43 TD Receiving 

4. Joe Morris

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    The Giants selected Butch Woolfolk in the first round of the 1982 NFL Draft, they then went on to select Joe Morris in the second round of that draft.

    Morris quickly showed that he was the better of the two, scoring a touchdown on his first career rushing attempt.

    The two-time Pro Bowl selection had a monster season in 1985, rushing for 1,336 yards and 21 touchdowns.

    He was a key member of the 1987 Super Bowl Championship team, rushing for 159 yards and two touchdowns in one game.

    Morris finished his career as a member of the Cleveland Browns, but he spent the majority of his career with the G-Men.

    Career Statistics: 5,585 YDS, 4.0 AVG, 50 TD

3. Rodney Hampton

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    The running back out of the University of Georgia spent the entirety of his brief career with the Giants.

    In just eight seasons, seven as the starter, Hampton had the most career rushing yards by a Giant until Tiki Barber surpassed him in 2004.

    He broke the 1,000-yard mark every season from 1991-1995, and cut his career short after disappointing seasons in 1996 and 1997.

    Hampton was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1992 and 1993, and was a member of the Giants team that won Super Bowl XXV.

    Career Statistics: 6,897 YDS, 3.8 AVG, 49 TD

2. Ottis Anderson

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    Anderson started his career with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1979, and instantly became one of the league's best backs.

    After a few injury riddled seasons, Stump Mitchell became the top running back for the Cardinals and they then traded Anderson to the Giants in 1986.

    In 1989, Anderson was named the NFL Comeback Player of the Year after scoring a career high 14 touchdowns and rushing for 1,023 yards.

    He was the top running back for the G-Men the following season, and was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXV.

    He is one of 22 running backs in NFL history to rush for over 10,000 yards. 

    Career Statistics: 10,273 YDS, 4.0 AVG, 81 TD

1. Tiki Barber

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    Tiki Barber is the best running back in Giants history, and could have been one of the best of all time of he didn't end his career early. 

    He was originally drafted to be a third-down back, but was forced into the starting role after Rodney Hampton retired.

    Barber had a fumbling issue early in his career, but straightened it out and had a breakout season in 2000, rushing for over 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns.

    He got better with age, and even though he announced his retirement early in the 2006 season, he helped the Giants advance to the playoffs.

    Barber is now the Giants' all-time leading rusher and a three-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.

    Many Giant fans are bitter about the way Barber ended his career, but no fan can argue with the statistics he put up in a Giants uniform.

    Career Statistics: 10,449 YDS, 4.7 AVG, 55 TD