The New York Giants lost a big member of their family Saturday; former running back and coach Alex Webster died at the age of 80.
Webster and Frank Gifford provided a formidable backfield in the 50s, and helped lead the Giants to a 40 point victory in the 1956 NFL Championship game
“Alex was a fantastic player,” said Gifford. “He came down from Canada when we were in a lot of trouble. He turned everything around for us. He played on the other side from me. The same things I was doing at the left halfback, he was doing at the right halfback.”
John Mara, who is a co-owner of the Giants and whose family has owned the Giants for its entire existence, had nothing but kind words to say about Webster.
“Alex was one of the all-time great Giants. He contributed so much to our team as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He was an even better person. We shall miss him dearly.”
Webster is fifth in franchise history with 4,638 yards, playing with the team from 1955-1964, and was inducted in to the Giants Ring of Honor in 2011.
He was a native of New Jersey, played his entire career with the Giants, and even coached them from 1969-1973.
Steve Tisch, the other Giants co-owner, can remember watching Webster as a kid.
“Some of my greatest memories growing up were my father taking me and my brother and sister to Giants games at Yankee Stadium. I knew early in life what a great Giant Alex Webster is and was and what he meant to our organization. We are all thankful and proud of Alex’s induction into our Ring of Honor this past fall.”
Webster was one of the greats, and he will be missed by many.