The history of the New York Giants’ linebackers may include some of the most feared players in the league’s history.

In this post, we’ll look at five of the New York Giants’ greatest linebackers.

5. Johnson, Pepper

Two-time Super Bowl champion is his legacy (XXI, XXV)
Pepper Johnson didn’t have to wait long to witness what greatness in the NFL looked like since he was a part of the NY Giants’ two Super Bowl triumphs while still a rookie.

4. Carl Banks

Carl Banks was a two-time Super Bowl champion from 1984 through 1992. (XXI, XXV)
Carl Banks is now focused on providing top-notch analysis for the New York Giants, but he was once an important component of the team’s success.

3. Jessie Armstead

Five-time Pro Bowl selection (1997-2001); three-time All-Pro selection (1997, 1999, 2000)
Jessie Armstead may not have won a Super Bowl, but he was one of the finest linebackers in the NFL during his tenure with the Eagles.

2. Sam Huff

NFL Champion (1956); Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
After the New York Giants selected Sam Huff, he was on the verge of leaving town – until Tom Landry developed a defense that was tailor-made for Huff’s skills.

1. Lawrence Taylor

Two-time Super Bowl winner (XXI, XXV); NFL MVP (1986); three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (1981, 1982, 1986); Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee
The all-time greatest defensive player.

The Giants have had some of the best linebackers in NFL history, but none have ever matched Lawrence Taylor’s brilliance. He leads this list — and every list of defensive players you put together – ever.


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