Jim Burt was the more popular of the 2 and both had some really memorable plays in the teams history but I have to say I think Howard may have been the better overall player. What do you guys think? I ask this as I am watching Giants v Washington week 14 1986.
Jim Burt was slightly better than Erik Howard. Erik was a different player and was able to play in the gaps and even played DE in the 3-4 on rare occasions. But as a pure NG/NT, I'd give the slight nod to Jim Burt.
Burt got the notoriety, Howard was a better player
Seemed like Howard missed more games. Didn’t Burt have back surgery? Even if correct and there’s no reason to doubt your facts, I felt Burt was a better player and his play seemed to motivate all who played alongside him. Oh and I liked Howard a lot.
Was first team all pro one season, and was not the more popular player, which is why most people vote for him, Howard was one of the strongest players in the game, was much more stout against the run and was a better pass rusher, but the vote goes to Burt.
He was bigger, stronger, and more athletic. That said, Burt made the absolute most of what he had. Both were stout against the run and Burt made some big plays, but the edge for me goes to Howard for being a better and more consistent pass rusher from the NT spot.
....who would have more guts to pour a bucket of Gatorade on Bill Parcells???? :)
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