Meet the Giants
Get to know each member of the 2012 Giants' active playoff roster.
CB 6-0, 207 Nebraska
Family comes from royal bloodlines in Nigeria. First-round draft pick had 14 tackles, one interception in seven games.
C 6-4, 312 Michigan
Born in a bank parking lot. With no time to get to a hospital, his father delivered him in the family Datsun.
TE 6-6, 275 Ohio State
A four-year letterman in basketball at Springboro (Ohio) High School in addition to being nation’s No. 8 tight end prospect.
WR 6-6, 224 Cal Poly
Had 11 consecutive games with a touchdown in 2008, tying NCAA record set by Randy Moss at Marshall in 1996.
TE 6-3, 234 Wisconsin
Suffered broken leg as a Badger during a 27-17 win over Illinois, ending his senior season.
DT 6-3, 301 Texas A&M
Has 32 career sacks, the third-most of current Giants, behind Osi Umen yiora (69) and Justin Tuck (45.5).
LB 6-4, 242 Akron
Was elected special teams captain by his Giants teammates in 2010, his sixth season with the team.
CB 6-0, 206 Boston College
His 2,700 career kickoff return yards in college are 22 yards shy of the Division I-A record.
LB 6-3, 230 Southern Miss
Recorded his only sack of the 2009 season while playing against his former team, the Falcons, for the first time.
G 6-5, 320 Cornell
One of two current Giants who played in the Ivy League. The other is Zak DeOssie of Brown.
RB 5-10, 214 Marshall
The 18th and final RB drafted in 2007 became one of only three to rush for 1,000 yards (Adrian Peterson and Marshawn Lynch).
T 6-6, 330 Indiana
Gave up football during his sophomore and junior seasons in high school so he could concentrate on basketball.
DT 6-7, 317 Virginia
Motivational speaker who was named 2011 United Way Man of the Year. His mother is an ordained Methodist minister.
QB 6-3, 212 Fresno State
First pick of 2002 draft makes Giants second team in history to have two QBs on the same roster who were No. 1 selections.
C 6-3, 320 Ohio State
Proposed to his girlfriend during his speech at the Buckeyes’ annual football banquet in 2009.
WR 6-0, 204 Massachusetts
LeBron James tweet on 8/16/10: “Victor Cruz going nuts on the Jets tonight on #MNF. Undrafted rookie from UMass. He’s gonna have a job this year for sure.”
LS 6-4, 249 Brown
His father, Steve, played for Giants from 1989-93. Became first father and son to win the Super Bowl with the same team.
G 6-5, 304 Illinois
Donated the largest strength and conditioning center for football players in the country to his alma mater.
S 6-2, 215 Tennessee
Has not missed a game in the last 11 seasons, playing in 176 consecutive regular-season contests.
LB 6-4, 246 Boston College
Overcame Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that forced him to miss the entire 2009 college season.
FB 6-1, 266 Pittsburgh
Sixth in Pennsylvania history with 7,165 career rushing yards in high school. Father, Henry Sr., played for Browns in 1975.
RB 6-4, 264 So. Illinois
Scored his 56th career rushing TD against Cowboys on Dec. 11 to surpass Tiki Barber as franchise leader.
WR 5-8, 189 Troy
One of three active Giants to attend Troy, along with Osi Umenyiora and Lawrence Tynes.
LB 6-0, 248 Michigan State
Second player in Spartans history to lead team in tackles four times in his career. His 465 career tackles rank third in school history.
DT 6-4, 323 East Carolina
Captured Florida State weightlifting championship with a 415-pound bench press as a junior in high school.
DT 6-4, 320 Penn State
Owns a real estate company that redevelops and constructs houses for affordable home ownership opportunities.
LB 6-5, 267 Boston College
His grandfather, Benedicto, was elected the first prime minister of Uganda in 1961 and was assassinated in 1972.
QB 6-4, 218 Mississippi
Last name is well known, his full first name is Elisha, which is his father’s middle name.
WR 6-0, 185 Michigan
His cousin, Bubba Paris, won three Super Bowls with the 49ers as an offensive lineman from 1983-90.
DB 5-10, 198 Wyoming
Founded the Derrick Martin Foundation, which helps underprivileged youth, including kids in single-parent homes.
T 6-6, 330 Penn State
Captain of his high school track and field team, competing in the discus and shot put.
WR 6-1, 208 North Carolina
Has a hand span of 10.5 inches and wears size 4XL gloves.
TE 6-5, 283 Fresno St.
First name is McKenna, nicknamed Bear as a toddler because of his size. Grew up on a cattle ranch and is a champion roper.
LB 6-2, 236 Oregon
Put up 1,182 pounds in clean, squat and bench lifts at Oregon, making him the third strongest player in total weight lifted.
G 6-3, 315 Arkansas
Enrolled at the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences as an agricultural business major.
S 6-2, 217 Miami
Drafted in the first round in 2008, his selection capped a 14-year run of Miami Hurricanes being selected in the first round. That streak began in 1995 with Warren Sapp.
DE 6-5, 278 South Florida
Didn’t play football until his junior season in high school and didn’t tell his mother out of fear she wouldn’t allow him to play.
S 6-0, 206 Miami
Scored the first postseason defensive touchdown in Cardinals history on a 27-yard fumble return against Atlanta in 2009.
CB 6-0, 190 Texas
Married to Olympic sprinter Sanya Richards, who won a gold medal as a member of the U.S. 4x400 meter relay team in 2008.
S 6-0, 215 Iowa
Ranks fourth on the Big Ten career list with 392 yards gained via interception returns.
RB 5-11, 210 Maryland
Clocked the fastest time in the 40 among running backs at the 2011 combine (4.34 seconds).
G 6-3, 305 Boston College
Started dating Kate Coughlin, Tom’s daughter, while the two were at Boston College. They are now married with three children.
WR 6-2, 221 Michigan State
Starred in R&B artist and American Idol winner Fantasia’s music video, “Bittersweet” in 2010.
Dave Tollefson played five years with the Giants and won two Super Bowl rings.
DE 6-4, 255 Florida
Friend and former high school teammate of Phil Simms’ son, Matt.
DE 6-5, 268 Notre Dame
Cousins with two-time Pro Bowler Adalius Thomas, who played for the Ravens and Patriots.
PK 6-1, 194 Troy
The NFL’s first Scottish-born player. His father, a Master Chief in the U.S. Navy, met his mother in Scotland.
T 6-5, 301 Arkansas
His parents are originally from Nigeria.
DE 6-3, 255 Troy
Full name is Ositadimma. Lived in Nigeria for seven years and was made a chief in the Nigerian village of Okbunike in 2007.
RB 6-0, 225 Georgia
Rushed for 1,009 yards as a senior at Rockmart (Ga.) High School, where he was a team captain and two-time MVP.