It is time to turn our attention to the defensive tackles on our Big Blue View All-Time Giants Team. Before I do that, though, we have to clarify the defensive end position.
Due to an error on my part, I believe our voting results on the defensive end position are inconclusive. Michael Strahan obviously belongs on the all-time team, and gets one defensive end slot.
The other position, I believe, has yet to be decided. Andy Robustelli has a slight edge over Leonard Marshall right now. However, I want to re-vote the second defensive end using just those two candidates.
That is because I told many of you last week that you could vote for multiple players. Unfortunately, that turned out to be incorrect. So, I believe many of your votes for Robustelli or Marshall were not tallied.
So, to rectify that you will find a poll in the right column asking you to choose between Robustelli, Marshall and Jim Katcavage for the second defensive end slot. I'm adding Katcavage, who had 96.5 'unofficial' sacks, third in Giants' history, because Giants.com lists Katcavage as an end, not tackle where I thought he had played. He needs to be considered. The result of that vote will be added to our team next Friday.
Now, on to the vote for defensive tackle. I expect the voting for these two slots to be interesting, since I'm not sure the choices are clear-cut.
• Jim Burt -- Burt was the popular nose tackle on some of the Giants' outstanding teams in the 1980s. Played for the Giants from 1981-88, and was All-Pro in 1986. Had a famous hit on San Francisco's Joe Montana that KO'd the QB in a 1986 playoff game. Finished his career with 20 sacks.
• Roosevelt Grier -- Grier might be known for a lot of non-football related things, such as needlepoint, television work and being Robert F. Kennedy's bodyguard. He was also a tremendous player, though. He spent the first seven years of his 11-year career with the Giants, as was All-Pro six times in those seven seasons. Sacks were not an official stat in those days, but 'unofficially' he record 44.5 in his career.
• Keith Hamilton -- Hamilton spent 12 years with the Giants, recording 63 career sacks and anchoring the middle of the defensive line throughout the 1990s and the first part of this decade.
• Arnold Weinmeister -- From Giants.com: Weinmeister played for the Giants from 1950 through the 1953 season. He was one of the first defensive players to captivate the masses in the same manner a star running back or quarterback could. A big, extremely fast player with great ability to diagnose plays. Weinmeister began his pro career in the All-American Football Conference with the New York Yankees in 1950, and moved to the NFL during the 1950 merger. Enshrined in the Hall of Fame in 1984.
• John Mendenhall -- Played eight seasons for the Giants during the dark years of 1972-1980, and was always one of the better players. Named All-Pro in 1974.
• Cal Hubbard -- From Giants.com: Hubbard played for the Giants from 1927-29, and then again in 1936. He was one of 17 charter enshrinees into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. Hubbard was named All-NFL six years from 1928-33. He played for the Green Bay Packers from 1929-35 and the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1936. He was acquired before the start of the 1927 season in order to help beef up the Giants defense. That season the Giants defense surrendered only 20 points as the Giants captured their first NFL championship. He was acquired by the Green Bay Packers in 1929 in a move that would haunt the Giants, as Hubbard led the Packers to a 12-0-1 record in 1929, edging out the 13-1-1 Giants for the league title. The Packers handed the Giants a 20-6 loss, the Giants only loss of the season.
[NOTE: Unfortunately, we found out the 'multiple' vote option does not work with our polls. So, you can only vote for one guy. The top two vote-getters will be our all-time defensive tackles. If you feel the need to vote for two players, go ahead and vote twice. If you need help voting the second time send me an e-mail and I should be able to help you with that.
There are some extra choices this week, largely because of the number of exception 'old-time' players worthy of being on the ballot.]
Also, as usual if you don't see the poll, click 'Entry Link' and you will be taken to a page that includes the poll.
[NOTE: I posted this early for a couple of reasons. I did want to clarify the defensive end balloting. Also, however, I am hitting the road for vacation tomorrow. I will still be posting a little bit when the mood strikes, but for the next week or so you may not see many new posts. I will be sure to post my selection in the SBN Mock Draft before leaving.]
Big Blue View All-Time Giants Team
Punter -- Sean Landeta
Placekicker -- Matt Bahr
Defensive End -- Michael Strahan
Who is the best defensive tackle in Giants' history?
This poll is closed