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<strong>Erik Howard</strong>
(Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)
Erik Howard (Photo by George Rose/Getty Images)

Erik Howard.

A quality defensive tackle for the New York Giants from 1986-94, Howard made one Pro Bowl and record 30.5 sacks in nine seasons with the team. He had 343 tackles while playing nose tackle in the Giants' 3-4 defense.

Howard's Wikipedia page describes the most memorable play of his career.

In the 1990 NFC Championship game against the San Francisco 49ers, Howard came up with one of the biggest plays in Giants history. With just over two minutes left in the game, the Giants trailed 12-13, and the 49ers had the game nearly wrapped up when Howard forced running back Roger Craig to fumble the football. Howard popped the ball loose with his helmet, teammate Lawrence Taylor recovered the fumble, and the Giants went on to win the game on a last second Matt Bahr field goal. They would go on to win Super Bowl XXV seven days later.

Scott Gragg was a Giant from 1995-99, and started at right tackle beginning in 1996.