After an incredible closing stretch to 2011 during their Super Bowl run, the New York Giants‘ elite components each took a step back in 2012, which is disappointing as the following players are all among the league’s best when hitting their ceiling.
I know everyone and their grandparents is building their own Mt. Rushmore-type quartet for every franchise in sports this offseason, but I’m going to a pull twist on it I haven’t seen yet: only accomplishments over the past couple years will apply, in the effort create the most relevant set of four mountain-side faces as possible. So I’m crafting the Giants’ Mt. Rushmore to beat all Giants Mt. Rushmores: Whose face makes it in stone?
Jason Pierre-Paul: It’s incredible to think he was dealing with a back injury that would eventually require surgery and still played at an elite level, if not quite up to par with his spectacular 2011 campaign.
Eli Manning: While Pierre-Paul in my opinion is the best on the team at his respective position, Manning is the face of the franchise and most important player. Like Pierre-Paul, if Manning can return to his 2011 levels next season then he’ll be in the mix for player of the year accolades.
Victor Cruz: The salsa dancing made him a household name but his ability to find space out of the slot makes this Giants offense tick.
Hakeem Nicks: Then here’s the man who makes Cruz tick, drawing needed attention to the outside and doing so much more on the receiving end. New York needs him healthy in 2013.