New York Giants: 15 G-Men who changed the game forever

Odell Beckham, New York Giants. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
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As part of the NFL’s foundation since their 1925 inception, the New York Giants have been at the forefront of developing football. Here are 15 Giants who changed the game forever.

The New York Giants are one of the National Football League’s longest-tenured and most storied franchises. They began operations in 1925 when bookmaker Tim Mara saw an opportunity to own a football franchise in America’s largest city and he ran with it.

Since their beginnings, some of the greatest football players ever wore a Giants Uniform. Legends such as Jim Thorpe, Mel Hein, Y.A. Tittle, Tuffy Leemans, and Phil Simms have been a part of Big Blue. With all the Giants rich history, it’s no surprise that there are some who transcended their basic roles and made bigger impacts on and off the field.

There are men on this list who have done extraordinary things in both football and life. In the process, they changed the game and its environment to transform the NFL into the juggernaut it has become today. As you look through this list of greatness, there will be legends as well as some players that only a few of the most die-hard of fans know.

Things football fans take for granted now such as the spike, shotgun, and national commercial contracts can be traced back to those who you will read about in the pages ahead. Included are men whose success came long after their playing days and a few who never played a down of professional football.

There are innovators and playmakers, mediators and negotiators. Above all, this is a list of men whose roots are true blue. They are all weaved into the fabric of the New York Giants and along the way changed the way the game is presented and played.