Given that 7 new players will be enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame this weekend, it's worth discussing the merits of Giants players who might make the trip to Canton in the (near) future. Interestingly, the Giants' have three solid players who continually appear on the HOF nominee list; and each deserve meritorious debate.
First up, a true Giant if there ever was one and, personally, my favorite Giant of all-time, Mark Bavaro. A solid piece of offensive granite on the Giants' 2 Super Bowl victories, Bavaro is easily the most recognizable tight end in Giants' history. Incidentally, he is the metric by which all other Giants tight ends are measured. He played 5 seasons with the Giants, 1985-1990, and led the team to two championships. He was a 2x Pro Bowl starter and All-Pro before brief stints with the Browns and Eagles. He was so consistent, and so tough to defense, that famed 49ers coach Bill Walsh once described Bavaro as the "premier tight end" in the NFL.
Second, an old horse who made the Giants champions again: Ottis Anderson. Selected as the 8th overall pick in the 1979 NFL Draft by the St. Louis Cardinals, Ottis Anderson rushed for over 1,600 yards that year and was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year. He is a 2x Pro Bowl selection, 2x Super Bowl champion, the NFL's Comeback Player of the Year (1989) and is the Cardinals all-time leading rusher. Most importantly, perhaps, he was named the MVP of Super Bowl XXV.
If accolades aren't the only determining factor in earning the yellow jacket, than try this: Anderson, who carried the ball 739 times for the Giants between 1987-1992, fumbled 3 times: three measly times. He is one of only 22 backs with over 10,000 career rushing yards and ranks 14th all-time in rushing.
Finally, Phil Simms. In my humble opinion, he doesn't need any introduction. He made the Giants world champions after New York's 30 year exile in the NFL cellar. The HOF selection committee might have the hardest time with this one, since Simms is typically regarded highly only within Giant circles. The MVP of Super Bowl XXI, who also was the most accurate passer in the 44 year history of the Super Bowl, Simms might not have been the player he became if it wasn't for Bill Parcells. Still, being one of only 44 MVPs of the "only game that really matters when real history is written" has to count for something. He's the Giants' all-time leading passer in yards and completions. Interestingly, Sports Illustrated named him the Most Underrated Quarterback in NFL history in 2001.
While these 3 players have been on the HOF nominee list for sometime, they've not reached the second round of voting. This is likely to change in the future, as the selection committee over time begins to value the contributions of players on the NFL from yesteryear. Still, as a sendoff, there is one player who is up for HOF honors in 2013 and is a shoe-in for enshrinement (anyone who thinks differently should be stripped of their vote, tarred, and feathered):