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Ranking All 40 Starting QBs In New York Giants History

In 1925, Tim Mara purchased the New York Giants for $500. They joined the NFL and exist today as the second-oldest team with the same city and name. The Green Bay Packers are the oldest. The New York Football Giants have won eight total championships (four Super Bowls and four pre-merger crowns). The expansive history, now less than a decade away from a century, has provided countless ups and downs at the quarterback position.

In the Giants’ early days, the quarterback position was still under construction. Wingbacks and halfbacks ran the majority of passing plays. It was routine to see players make an impact on both sides of the ball or fulfill a special teams role. The Giants utilized several of the NFL’s more prolific passers even in this era, allowing them to capture three championships in their first two decades.

As Johnny Unitas and other quarterbacks opened up the passing game, a shift marked by the Indianapolis-New York faceoff in “The Greatest Game Ever Played,” the Giants experienced a prolonged championship drought. The team went thirty years (1956 to 1986) between its last championship and first Super Bowl. Since the 1980s, the franchise has enjoyed more competitive seasons than not.

From Polo Grounds to MetLife Stadium and all the games in-between, let’s take a look at every starting quarterback who has donned a Giants uniform. Fair warning – it’s a long list. Things will get worse before they get better:

40 Joe Pisarcik (1977-1979)

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39 Frank Filchock (1946)

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38 Dave Brown (1992-1997)

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36 Jim Crocicchia (1987)

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35 Mike Busch (1987)

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34 Arnie Galiffa (1953)

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33 Emery Nix (1943, 1946)

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32 Randy Dean (1977-1979)

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31 Jim Del Gaizo (1974)

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30 Tom Landry (1950-1955)

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29 Jerry Golsteyn (1977-1978)

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28 Travis Tidwell (1950-1951)

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27 Bob Clatterbuck (1954-1957)

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26 Jesse Palmer (2001-2004)

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25 Gary Wood (1964-1966, 1968-1969)

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24 George Shaw (1959-1960)

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23 Paul Governali (1947-1948)

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22 Harry Newman (1933-1935)

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21 Jeff Rutledge (1983-1989)

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20 Randy Johnson (1971-1973)

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19 Don Heinrich (1954-1959)

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18 Scott Brunner (1980-1983)

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17 Danny Kanell (1996-1998)

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16 Kent Graham (1992-1994, 1998-1999)

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15 Kurt Warner (2004)

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14 Craig Morton (1974-1976)

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13 Norm Snead (1972-1974, 1976)

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12 Earl Morrall (1965-1967)

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11 Arnie Herber (1944-1945)

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10 Tuffy Leemans (1936-1943)

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9 Kerry Collins (1999-2003)

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8 Benny Friedman (1929-1931)

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7 Jeff Hostetler (1984-1992)

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6 Ed Danowski (1934-1941)

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5 Fran Tarkenton (1967-1971)

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4 Y.A. Tittle (1961-1964)

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3 Charlie Conerly (1948-1961)

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2 Phil Simms (1979-1993)

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1 Eli Manning (2004-Present)

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It is tremendously difficult to anoint Eli Manning as the greatest Giants quarterback in team history. The team has been in existence for nearly a century. They have had a handful of Hall of Fame quarterbacks. And yet, Eli Manning – the man who constantly takes the field looking like someone just shot his dog – has to be number one. From the start, doubters criticized Manning’s forced Draft Day trade from San Diego. They wondered if he had NFL talent. Perhaps he was riding Peyton and Archie’s coattails. He’s thrown 20 or more picks in three regular seasons. He’s made the playoffs only once in his last seven seasons. Here’s why none of that matters. Eli Manning has started and won two Championships. Phil Simms didn’t do that. Y.A. Tittle lost all three. Charlie Conerly went 1-2. Eli Manning has led the sixth most fourth quarter comebacks in NFL history (30), tied with Brett Favre and Fran Tarkenton. He sits seventh all time in passing touchdowns (314) and eighth in passing yards (47,089). Since taking the ball from Kurt Warner, Manning has not missed a start. There has been no quarterback controversy. His first 20-pick year, the verdict was out. Eli Manning was no good. That same year, he went 4-0 in the postseason with 854 yards, six touchdowns and one interception. He defeated the 18-0 New England Patriots in the Super Bowl. The 2011 Giants barely earned a playoff birth at 9-7. Eli Manning made his 2007 playoff stat line look pedestrian. He went 4-0 with 1,219 yards, nine touchdowns and one interception. He again defeated the heavily favored Patriots for a second ring. For all of his flaws, Eli Manning is the only player to ever beat Tom Brady in a Super Bowl. As of this writing, Eli has the Giants in a playoff spot, picking up momentum toward their first playoff appearance since winning their last Super Bowl. Look out.

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