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The “Worst Non-Active Player” in Giants History? SI Makes Their Choice


Sports Illustrated has put out a piece on the “Worst non-active player by franchise” for each and every franchise, the G-Men included.

The player that the author the piece, Doug Farrar, picked was truly a bust – that being former DT William Joseph – an awful former first-round pick for the Giants.

William Joseph
DT, New York Giants

Ernie Accorsi made a lot of great moves during his tenure as the Giants’ GM, but picking Joseph in the first round is one he’d no doubt like to have back. Accorsi wanted a defensive lineman in the 2003 draft, but couldn’t move up from the No. 25 pick. In this draft, eight of the first 15 picks were defensive linemen (including Kevin Williams and Terrell Suggs), and Accorsi was left with the low-hanging fruit. He took a shot on Joseph, and Accorsi’s first quote about his new tackle wasn’t exactly a ringing endorsement. “This player is untapped, he has an upside, and hopefully we can get it out of him,” Accorsi said. Excited yet?

In four years with the Giants, he managed just four sacks and 20 solo tackles; he followed that up with two unremarkable seasons with the Raiders. The last most people heard from Joseph, he was pleading guilty to charges that he fraudulently cashed tax refund checks. Unhappy Giants fans might insist that it wasn’t the first larceny Joseph had performed in his life.

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