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Giants role players who had signature championship moments

Big Blue '56 : 7/25/2013 4:13 pm
Can be any era..

3 off the top of my head:



Devin Thomas

I was thinking Blackburn, but he was a starter at the time
Kavika Mitchell  
Britt in VA : 7/25/2013 4:15 pm : link
when he faked a drop back and then came back in and forced a sack of Tom Brady.
kmed : 7/25/2013 4:15 pm : link
Mark Ingram.  
Britt in VA : 7/25/2013 4:15 pm : link
pjcas18 : 7/25/2013 4:15 pm : link
Britt in VA : 7/25/2013 4:15 pm : link
I don't know if I would put him in the top three  
robbieballs2003 : 7/25/2013 4:15 pm : link
but when McQuarters had that interception in Dallas in 07 to seal the game the rest of that playoff run was just gravy.
Phil McConkey  
chrispisano66 : 7/25/2013 4:17 pm : link
Mark Ingram

Kevin Boss, Steve Smith

Chase Blackburn
jake ballard trying to get back in the SB on torn ACL was pretty  
TommytheElephant : 7/25/2013 4:17 pm : link
freakin awesome

rw mcquarters vs. dallas
Gary Reasons  
Milton : 7/25/2013 4:18 pm : link
The fake punt against the Niners.
Blackburn's pick  
TommytheElephant : 7/25/2013 4:18 pm : link
Matt Bahr, Lawrence Tynes.  
Britt in VA : 7/25/2013 4:21 pm : link
Ingram, Reasons and Blackburn  
Big Blue '56 : 7/25/2013 4:23 pm : link
were starters, not role players
How about our rookie class from 07?  
robbieballs2003 : 7/25/2013 4:25 pm : link
Bradshaw (Jacobs was the starter)

Steve Smith (our 3rd WR)

Aaron Ross (our 3rd CB but played through a separated/dislocated shoulder to make a nice tackle in the playoffs)

Boss (back up TE until Shockey got hurt)

Zac DeOssie (great snapping ability along with outstanding coverage)
Ron Dixon has a signature championship moment.  
Enoch : 7/25/2013 4:30 pm : link
It just wasn't our championship.
Zeke Mowatt  
Bluenatic : 7/25/2013 4:32 pm : link
I know this was the NFC championship game in 2007  
Jay on the Island : 7/25/2013 4:33 pm : link
but Michael Johnson recovered a huge fumble in the 2nd half of that game.
Mario Manningham  
Fred in Atlanta : 7/25/2013 4:34 pm : link
made a good catch in Super Bowl XLVI.
Phil Simms  
Steve in South Jersey : 7/25/2013 4:35 pm : link
Mark Ingram
Jeff Hostetler on that play when Bruce Smith almost striped him.
I know he wasn't necessarily a role player  
robbieballs2003 : 7/25/2013 4:39 pm : link
but I think Jacobs' hit on Woodson set the tone for that game.
Blackburn though technically  
ECham : 7/25/2013 4:41 pm : link
a starter was a role player, and he fits.

Matt M. : 7/25/2013 4:47 pm : link
The only score in the loss to the Ravens.

Ingram, Simms, Manningham? I don't think some of you understand  
dangerousrappingfrog : 7/25/2013 4:47 pm : link
BB'56's OP.
I'm not sure if punters count as role players or not  
dpinzow : 7/25/2013 4:47 pm : link
but Landeta's punting in the 1986 NFC Championship was about as good a performance as any punter in history considering he was kicking into a 40 mph wind half the time and still put the Skins in bad field position

LT said that Landeta was the MVP of that game
One of the most underrated/forgotten  
Matt in SGS : 7/25/2013 4:48 pm : link
moments of Super Bowl 42, and at the time I guess you could call Bradshaw as a rookie a role player, was when he somehow ripped the ball out of Pierre Woods hands, even though Woods looked like he clearly had possession. You almost never see something like that happen. If the Pats get that ball, they are in good shape to go in for a score and maybe changes the whole game.
robbieballs2003 : 7/25/2013 4:49 pm : link
I thought he ripped it out of WIlfork's hands?
I'll go with Blackburn too.  
TC : 7/25/2013 4:52 pm : link
Mr. Relevant. No Blackburn, no championship. The Giants D was awful until he came back and gave it some guts.
Guys, starters aren't role players  
Moondwg : 7/25/2013 4:53 pm : link
or what rappingfrog said  
Moondwg : 7/25/2013 4:54 pm : link
Matt in SGS : 7/25/2013 4:56 pm : link
it was Woods. Ahmad is a strong guy, but he couldn't rip it away from a 360 pounder.

The Patriots nearly got the ball right back. After a 3-yard sack of Manning by Jarvis Green on first down, Bradshaw fumbled on second and it looked like Pierre Woods for the Patriots had the recovery. Somehow, Bradshaw got the ball back in the pile and the Giants maintained possession but wound up punting after Manning's third and 16 pass went incomplete. - ( New Window )
How about  
LTPS5611 : 7/25/2013 4:56 pm : link
John Washington, in the 90 playoff game against the bears, stop on 4th and 1, would have made the game 10-7, Eric Howard in the 90 championship game causing the fumble.
George Martin sacking Elway  
giantsfour : 7/25/2013 5:04 pm : link
Phil McConkey in XXI  
Greg from LI : 7/25/2013 5:07 pm : link
The flea flicker and the TD catch on the pass that bounced off of Bavaro's hands
George Martin was a really great role player  
WideRight : 7/25/2013 5:08 pm : link
nice one
Can we define role player?  
teso56 : 7/25/2013 5:09 pm : link
George Martin and Mark Ingram were not role players - they were starters.

Even Gary Reasons played almost every down. A role player for me is a guy who gets no more than 8-12 snaps a game, probably more of a special teams player.

Tyree is the textbook role player. Devin Thomas and Jaquian Williams also.

um, Erik Howard was a Pro Bowler in 1990  
Greg from LI : 7/25/2013 5:09 pm : link
So, not a role player
My recollection is that George Martin did not start  
giantsfour : 7/25/2013 5:14 pm : link
but came in during passing situations. Seems like a role player to me, albeit a very good one.
What about Tuck in XLII?  
Vin R. : 7/25/2013 5:19 pm : link
What about starters by default like Hostetler?  
wgenesis123 : 7/25/2013 5:24 pm : link
Servo : 7/25/2013 5:25 pm : link
McConkey catch on the Bavaro deflection is one of my favorite childhood sports memories.
To me a role player is someone who is not mentioned  
Scrub : 7/25/2013 5:26 pm : link
with the the Simm's, Taylor's... I would say Reasons would be OK in hos role as punt protector running it forty yarfs. Martin waa a xore player of that defense, though he was getting older.

My nom. is OJ Anderson. He wouldn't have played if Hampton hadn't been hurt.
speakin of Hoss  
Dave : 7/25/2013 5:27 pm : link
he made a huge play by holding onto the ball and taking a safety rather than fumbling and giving up a td
logan80 : 7/25/2013 5:28 pm : link
actually sealed the game in Tampa right before the Dallas interception as well. He had a helluva '07 postseason for us.
No love for Jeff Rutledge?  
Mad Mike : 7/25/2013 5:31 pm : link
Signature moment might be a bit much, but a 4th down sneak that turned into a TD drive was pretty sweet.
Besides field goals and a missed field goal  
wgenesis123 : 7/25/2013 5:37 pm : link
the closest thing to a walk off homerun is the Int against Dallas. Its tough to find Aaron Boone moments in football.
George Martin became a full time starter again in 1986...  
GA5 : 7/25/2013 6:00 pm : link
after Curtis McGriff was injured. Martin had been a starter earlier in his career, but split time with McGriff on run/pass downs. Martin started most of the 1986 season.
Elvis Patterson...  
rptl530 : 7/25/2013 6:09 pm : link
with a pick in SB XXI. There were several daggers in that game and that was certainly one of them.
McConkey is a great answer too...  
rptl530 : 7/25/2013 6:13 pm : link
along with Michael Johnson.

Who knows what would have happened if MJ hadn't kept that play alive.
How about Everson Walls' open field tackle on Thomas  
SanFranGiantsFan : 7/25/2013 6:15 pm : link
in Super Bowl XXV? If Walls doesn't make that tackle, Thomas very well scores the GW TD.
Bear Pascoe's TD against SF  
Bino5 : 7/25/2013 6:51 pm : link
Devin Thomas  
Red Dog : 7/25/2013 7:38 pm : link
against the niners for the NFC Championship.
Milton : 7/25/2013 8:18 pm : link
Reasons wasn't a fulltime starter. I don't recall the specifics year-wise and playcount-wise, but he was splitting time with Steve DeOssie early in his career and then later with Pepper Johnson.
Everson Walls  
OlyWAJintsFan : 7/25/2013 8:34 pm : link
and at the time Ahmad Bradshaw was a role player when he recovered the fumble on that kickoff return,
Gah how time flies and memory fades  
OlyWAJintsFan : 7/25/2013 8:38 pm : link
it was not during the kickoff....jeez. Anyway it was great play Bradshaw to get the ball back and he was a role player at the time.
Bobby Johnson  
GiantJake : 7/25/2013 8:39 pm : link
4th and 17
Zak DeOssie  
ConMan22 : 7/25/2013 11:52 pm : link
had a huge special teams tackle on Maroney following the Eli to Plax TD in SB 42.
Milton: In 1990, the guy Reasons split time with was Steve DeOssie.  
Big Blue Blogger : 7/26/2013 9:58 am : link
I wouldn't exactly call GR a role player, but you're right that he wasn't a full-time starter by that point either.

teso56: Jacquian Williams was sixth on the team in tackles in 2011. Although he only started two games - because most of his snaps were in the nickel - he doesn't fit your definition of a role player.
I think Alford, Tyree and Thomas are all great examples.  
Big Blue Blogger : 7/26/2013 10:07 am : link
Here's an obscure one: Four years before his Super Bowl MVP performance, Ottis Anderson scored the Giants' final points in SB XXI. At the time, that play looked like the swan song of a once-great running back who had wasted his prime with the Cardinals. Classy move by Parcells giving him the ball.
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