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New York Giants’ All-Time Receiving Yardage Leaders
The New York football Giants have mostly been known for defense and a strong running game, but that doesn’t mean the G-men haven’t had great quarterbacks, receivers and tight ends over the years. They’ve also had some great running backs who doubled as pass-catchers. Here is a list of the all-time top 10 in receiving yards for the Giants’ franchise:
Amani Toomer (9497 yards)—As I write this at the end of the 2008 NFL season, the Giants are not likely to retain wide receiver Amani Toomer after 13 seasons. Toomer has been with the Giants since 1996 and leads the franchise all-time with 9497 receiving yards. He also leads in receptions (668) and receiving touchdowns (54). Toomer has never made the Pro Bowl, but he’s always been steady and has often made incredible catches in clutch situations. Toomer’s best season was in 2002, when he caught 82 passes for a career best 1343 yards and 8 touchdowns (also career high).
Frank Gifford (5434)—Frank Gifford played his entire career with the Giants, from 1952 to 1964, and he made the Pro Bowl eight times, four as first team All-Pro. Gifford ranks second in Giants’ history with 5434 receiving yards, and he had a career high 796 receiving yards on 39 catches in 1962. But Gifford’s best season was 1956, when he caught 51 passes for 603 yards, and rushed for a career high 819 yards, giving him 1422 yards from scrimmage with 9 total touchdowns.
Tiki Barber (5183)—Tiki Barber was a running back but also a great receiver, and he ranks third in Giants’ history with 5183 receiving yards. Barber, who played his entire career for the Giants (1997-2006), had a career best 70 catches for 719 yards in 2000, but he made the Pro Bowl his last three seasons in the NFL due to his combined efforts rushing and receiving. Barber’s best season was 2005, when he caught 54 passes for 530 yards and 2 TDs, with 1860 yards rushing with 9 more scores (2390 yards from scrimmage).
Joe Morrison (4993)—Joe Morrison also played for the Giants his whole career, from 1959 to 1972. Morrison ranks fourth in franchise history with 4993 receiving yards and had a career best 46 receptions for 724 yards, with 6 receiving touchdowns in the 1966 season. That year, Morrison also had 275 rushing yards and 2 more TDs as well.
Homer Jones (4845)—Homer Jones played most of his career with the G-men, from 1964 to 1969, and ranks fifth in team history with 4845 receiving yards. Jones made the Pro Bowl in 1967 and 1968 and his best season was that ’67 campaign. That year, Jones had career highs in receptions (49), receiving yards (1209), and receiving TDs (13). He also carried the ball five times for 60 yards and one more TD as a rusher.
Kyle Rote (4797)—Kyle Rote played his entire career in New York, from 1951 to 1961 and was on many of those great Giants’ teams in the ‘50’s along with Gifford. Rote ranks sixth in team history with 4797 receiving yards and he made the Pro Bowl four straight seasons (1953-56). But 1961 was Rote’s best season, with career highs in receptions (53) and receiving yards (805) with 7 touchdowns.
Chris Calloway (4710)—Chris Calloway played most of his career with the Giants, from 1992 to 1998. He ranks seventh in franchise history with 4710 receiving yards and Calloway’s best season was with the G-men in 1997. That year, Calloway caught 58 passes for a career high 849 yards and 8 TDs (also career best).
Ike Hilliard (4630)—Ike Hilliard played for the Giants from 1997 to 2004 and formed a great tandem with Toomer. Hilliard was a secondary target mostly, but still ranks eighth in Giants’ history with 4630 receiving yards. Hilliard had his best season in 1999 when he caught 72 passes for a career best 996 yards and 3 TDs, adding 3 rushes for 16 yards as well.
Bob Tucker (4376)—Tight end Bob Tucker played most of his career with the Giants, from 1970 to 1977. Tucker ranks ninth in team history with 4376 receiving yards and he had his best season in 1971. That year, Tucker had career highs in receptions (59) and receiving yards (791) with 4 touchdown catches.
Del Shofner (4315)—Del Shofner came over from the Rams and had instant success in New York, where he played from 1961 to 1967. Shofner ranks tenth in Giants’ history with 4315 receiving yards and he was a first team All-Pro three straight seasons, from 1961 to 1963. Shofner had one of his best seasons in 1963, when he caught 64 passes for a career high 1181 yards and 9 touchdowns.