New York Giants top three players of the 2010s

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As we turn the page to a new chapter in 2020, I’d like to take a walk down memory lane with New York Giants fans. today we pay homage to some of the best to represent Big Blue Nation over the past decade.

This past decade was unkind to the New York Giants and their fans to say the least. Once viewed as a proud, prestigious franchise, Big Blue is now perceived as a circus act. As fans, we suffered through a 70-90 record over the last ten years (.437 winning percentage), and only two playoff appearances.

In the first half of the decade, we celebrated in the “Canyon of Heroes”, then watched as the Tom Coughlin era came to a screeching halt. Finally, the decade ended simultaneously with Eli Manning‘s Giants career.

In the franchises 95 years of existence, they have only employed 18 head coaches. Now have had three in the last five years (four including interim Steve Spagnuolo). The previous two coaches haven’t lasted more than two years on the job. The G-Men will start the new decade with, yes you guessed right, a new head coach after recently agreeing to hire Joe Judge away from the New England Patriots to fill their vacancy.

That’s not to say the 2010s were all bad. Over the past ten years, the New York Giants are one of just seven teams that can boast about hoisting up a Lombardi trophy. Amid all the heartbreak over the last decade, there were some bittersweet moments as we got to watch some very talented players have impressive seasons on an underachieving team.

It was a tough job but I was able to narrow down my top players of the decade to three. While on-field production was my main criteria, I also had to consider health, leadership, off-field issues, and how much time said players spent wearing a Giants jersey.