In an incredibly close vote, Brad Van Pelt has defeated Carl Banks in the balloting for the second outside linebacker position on our Big Blue View All-Time Giants Team.
The final tally was 52-50. It was amazing to watch as the vote unfolded. Banks led all week -- in fact I had to re-write this post because as of Thursday afternoon he was far enough ahead that I thought he was going to win comfortably. The Van Pelt voters rushed to the poll last night, though.
To be honest, I am thrilled with the results of that vote. I think it showed a little respect for the accomplishments of a player many current Giants' fans never saw play.
Let's move on to cornerback as we continue the voting for our Big Blue View All-Time Giants Team.
I feel very, very strongly that Emlen Tunnell belongs on this team. He is in the Hall of Fame (the only Giants' CB so honored) and holds the team's all-time interception record. Tunnell was also named All-NFL four times and played in nine Pro Bowls.
So, as I did with Lawrence Taylor, I am simply putting Tunnell on the team. You guys get to choose the second cornerback.
This is an interesting vote, and in now way do I see a clear-cut choice for the remaining spot.
Here are your nominees:
• Dick Lynch
• Mark Haynes
• Erich Barnes
I did not put Jason Sehorn on this list. I know darn well that if i did the younger BBV'ers would vote for him, and he simply does not deserve to be on this team. Don't get offended. Go look at the careers of the four guys listed. There is no way you can tell me Sehorn is better than any of those guys. Sehorn was never voted to a Pro Bowl or named All-Pro. Same with Mark Collins -- another guy some of you might be tempted to vote for.
So, for this one you guys are going to have to do a little work and brush up on your history. A little background on these guys.
Lynch -- In Giants' history, Lynch is much more than a color commentator on radio broadcast. He played for nine years, eight with the Giants, and intercepted 37 passes. He was named All-Pro one time.
Barnes -- Totaled 45 interceptions in a 14-year career ... only spent four years with the Giants, but intercepted 19 passes during that time ... Appeared in six Pro Bowls and was named All-Pro once.
Haynes -- Made three Pro Bowls and was named All Pro twice in a 10-year career. ... spent his first six seasons as a Giant.
Big Blue View All-Time Giants Team
Punter -- Sean Landeta
Placekicker -- Matt Bahr
Defensive End -- Michael Strahan
Defensive End -- Leonard Marshall
Defensive Tackle -- Roosevelt Grier
Middle Linebacker -- Harry Carson
Middle Linebacker -- Sam Huff
Outside Linebacker -- Lawrence Taylor
Outside Linebacker -- Brad Van Pelt
Cornerback -- Emlen Tunnell