The New York Giants are one of the older franchises in the National Football League. They are also one of the more successful, having won a number of NFL Championships and Super Bowls, as well as having had some of the greatest players of all time.
The running back position has always been an important spot on the team and has had particular emphasis in the game plan. It is hard enough to be successful in the National Football League at the running back position, but extremely difficult to do as a rookie. Who are the five best rookie running backs that the Giants have ever had?
#5 – Ron Dayne – 2000
In 2000, the New York Giants used their first round pick, the 11th overall selection, in the NFL Draft on on Ron Dayne out of the University of Wisconsin. He would go on to see action in all 16 games for the team that season, carrying the ball 228 times for 770 yards and five touchdowns. His 770 yards are the second highest amount of rushing yards ever compiled by a rookie running back for the Giants.
#4 – Bill Paschal – 1943
Bill Paschal played for the Giants during some lean years for the NFL during World War II, but he was extremely productive. He racked up 572 yards on 147 carries, which is very respectable. His ten touchdowns though are a Giants team record for rushing touchdowns scored by a rookie.
#3 – Alex Webster – 1955
Alex Webster is one of the all time greats in Giants history and very deserving of being held in high esteem by both the team and its fans. In 1955, his rookie year, he played in all 12 games and carried the ball 128 times for 634 yards and five touchdowns.
#2 – Tuffy Leemans – 1936
Tuffy Leemans had a great career with the Giants, one that would eventually earn him a place in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. In 1936, his first year in football, he carried the ball 206 times for 830 yards and two touchdowns. He holds the team record for the most rushing yards ever gained by a rookie.
#1 – Eddie Price – 1950
Eddie Price came to the New York Giants in 1950 and made an immediate impact. He played in ten games, carried the ball 126 times for 703 yards, and scored four touchdowns. His 5.58 yards per carry average is the highest of any Giants rookie running back with more than 50 carries.