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All-Time Giants Roster Running Backs:

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Sorry for the delay in my All-Time roster posts, things have been crazy at work.  Today I will give you my All-Time Running Backs Addition.

 

Rodney Hampton (Starting Halfback)  probably my favorite Giant Half Back of all-time Hampton entered the NFL Draft after his junior season at the University of Georgia and the Giants selected him on the first round of the 1990 draft, the 24th overall pick. He immediately demonstrated how good he was going to be in his first preseason game at Buffalo, where the first time he ever carried the ball in an NFL game he took it 89 yards for a touchdown.

 

As a rookie, Hampton played behind Ottis Anderson, but was the second-leading rusher and third-leading receiver on the Giants team that won Super Bowl XXV. He rushed for 455 yards and caught 32 passes, despite a sore ankle that limited his playing time in the middle of the season. A fractured fibula suffered in a divisional playoff victory over Chicago kept him out of the NFC Championship Game in San Francisco and the Super Bowl victory over the Bills.

 

Beginning in his second season, Hampton became the Giants’ most consistent offensive weapon. In 1991, he rushed for 1,059 yards, beginning a streak of five consecutive seasons in which ran for more than 1,000 yards. He rushed for a career-high 1,182 yards in 1995. Hampton was a powerful smash-mouth runner who lacked great speed, but had the strength to wear down defenses in the second half.

 

Hampton was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1992 and ’93. When he retired, he owned franchise records with 6,897 rushing yards, 1,824 carries and 49 rushing touchdowns. Tiki Barber has since passed him, but Hampton ranks second in Giants history in all three categories.

 

Joe Morris (Second String Halfback)  The little engine that could, Joe Morris, was the New York Giants second round pick in the 1982 NFL Draft, and quickly outshined their first round pick, University of Michigan back Butch Woolfolk. As a rookie with the Giants in 1982 Morris scored a touchdown on his very first rushing attempt; a prelude of what was to come for this powerful running back. In 1985 he rushed for 1,336 yards and a league leading 21 touchdowns, and rushed for 141 yards in their 17-3 postseason win over the San Francisco 49ers. Morris was a key member of the ’87 Giants Super Bowl Championship team rushing his way to a 1,000 yard season. He went on to add two more 1,000 plus yard rushing seasons, moving past Alex Webster as the all-time Giants leader.

Alex Webster (Third String Halfback) Webster was drafted in the eleventh round of the 1953 NFL Draft by the Washington Redskins, but chose to play in the Canadian Football League for the Montreal Alouettes from 1953 to 1954. While in Canada, he was named an All-Star in 1954 and played in that year’s Grey Cup.

In 1955, Webster returned to the United States and played for the New York Giants from 1955 to 1964. While with the Giants, he rushed for 4,638 yards, caught 240 passes for 2,679 yards, and scored 56 touchdowns (39 rushing and 17 receiving). He was named to the Pro Bowl twice, in 1958 and 1961.

Webster eventually became an assistant Giant coach under Allie Sherman, and he was later promoted to head coach (1969-1973). He was named UPI NFL Coach of the Year in 1970, as the Giants finished 2nd in the NFC East with a 9-5-0 record. His overall Giant coaching record was 29 wins, 40 losses, and one tie.

Maurice Carthon (Starting Fullback)  Carthon started his pro football career with the USFL’s New Jersey Generals, primarily as a blocking back for Herschel Walker. In 1985, Carthon played a final season with the Generals, then went almost immediately to New York Giants training camp. From February to June, his USFL career consisted of 3 preseason games, 18 regular season games, and a final playoff on June 30, 1985. After reporting to the Giants in July, he played an additional 5 preseason games, 16 regular season games, and two playoff rounds, for a total of 45 contests in less than a year.

Carthon wore the number 44 in his career as a fullback with the New York Giants. He was considered a bruising back with superb blocking skills. Carthon was a very durable player, missing only one game out of 76 when he was with the Giants.

Carthon won two championship rings with the Giants in Super Bowl XXI and Super Bowl XXV. His best season was in 1986, when he finished as the team’s second leading rusher with 260 yards, while also helping diminutive halfback Joe Morris rush for a then-franchise record 1,516 yards.

Carthon retired after the 1992 season with 950 career rushing yards, 90 receptions for 745 yards, and 3 touchdowns.

So I can hear it now where is Tiki Barber.  Well Tiki had a fumbling problem, seemed to be a cancer in the locker room and couldn’t wait to throw his teammates and coaches under the bus.  Tiki was a great player but he doesn’t have a spot on my All-Time Giants roster.

I hope you enjoyed my All-Time Running Backs selections feel free to leave a comment for or against my selections.


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4 Responses to “All-Time Giants Roster Running Backs:”

    • Mark Picucci says:

      As I said in the article, Tiki had a fumbling problem, seemed to be a cancer in the locker room and couldn’t wait to throw his teammates and coaches under the bus. Tiki was a great player but he doesn’t have a spot on my All-Time Giants roster. When I think of great Giants running backs I think of Hampton, Morris, Anderson and Jacobs, to name a few. Thanks for the response I appreciate every one!

  1. Shai says:

    Completely dont understand how Tiki is not hands down the #1 player in this spot.

  2. Jay L says:

    Listen, as a Giants fan I can’t help but dislike tiki a little. They guy’s exit was poor, many issues with things he said in the media and I think he handled the whole situation very poorly but you can’t deny his talent. I wouldn’t call him a locker room cancer, TO and Randy Moss are cancers. Tiki just said some things once in a while. I hate guys bagging on him. Ya he shouldn’t of done some things but he carried this team for years and without him, we would not of won the SB. We needed him to make us a playoff caliber team and without him we wouldv’e been a team in rebuilding. BJ would not be the star he is today without tiki. We would of gotten some other back and not drafted BJ. I like BJ a helluva a lot more than tiki but I don’t know how you could leave him off that list. This is one of the most poorly constructed lists I’ve ever seen. Way too biased. Tiki was a great player, give him some credit.

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