4. Harry Carson, LB (1976-88)
The Giants boast some all-time greats on defense, especially within the front seven. Harry Carson played in 173 games for the New York Giants from 1976-88. Playing linebacker, he made the Pro Bowl nine times and received that honor seven consecutive years from 1981-87.
Carson made two Pro Bowls in 1978 and 1979, but some of his best years came when Parcells and Belichick were both on the coaching staff together. Playing alongside Lawrence Taylor, Carl Banks and Leonard Marshall, Carson was an integral part to some of the best defensive groups the Giants have ever had.
Selected in the fourth round of the 1976 NFL Draft, Carson was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. Troy Aikman, Warren Moon, Reggie White, Rayfield Wright and the iconic John Madden were members of Carson’s class.
For the fans who watched Carson play, they know how important he was. When he played, stats were not compiled in the manner they are today. Therefore, Carson somewhat goes underappreciated.
Carson deserves to be on the Giants’ Mount Rushmore. Playing during perhaps the greatest stretch of years the organization has ever had, he was a member of some of the most dominant teams in franchise history.
In 1987, Carson helped capture the Super Bowl, lining up for an iconic defense.