Building New York Giants’ Most Current Mount Rushmore

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports, Eli Manning

Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports

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.

Thomas Emerick is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @ThomasEmerick, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google


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