It has been a busy week for retired New York Giants players. In addition to Clint Sintim’s retirement, another former Giant has made headlines for celebratory reasons.
Former Giants running back Ron Dayne is to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame. The 11th overall pick in the 2000 NFL Draft, it was hoped that Dayne would assemble with Tiki Barber to form a Thunder and Lightning tandem– a punishing duo that possessed Dayne’s power and Barber’s speed.
Dayne’s playing career was legendary in college as the winner of the 1999 Heisman Trophy during his time playing for Wisconson. Moreover, the University’s football players are no longer wearing his number 33 jersey.
However, Dayne’s NFL career—beginning with the Giants—was thoroughly disappointing.
While he did have strong first and second seasons, where he rushed for 770 and 690 yards, respectively; Dayne never materialized into the Larry Czonka-esque back that former Head Coach Jim Fassel envisioned. Dayne’s career rushing average in the NFL is a meager 3.8.
Furthermore, Dayne left the Giants after the 2004 season—a season that saw him average fewer than four rushing attempts per game and just 179 yards on the ground.
After the end of his tenure in New York, Dayne had brief stints playing for the Denver Broncos and the Houston Texans—it was in Houston where he last saw the NFL field. After the 2007 season, Dayne opted to end his NFL career.