NFL Network has been running a recent series naming all 32 teams' most underrated and overrated players. On Tuesday, it was the New York Giants' turn.
Dave Dameshek made the case for Gifford over players like Phil Simms and Jeff Hostetler because of how effective and special a player Gifford was from 1952-1964, as he excelled at the H-Back position for the team.
In his career, he rushed for 3,609 yards and 34 touchdowns, caught 367 passes for 5,434 yards and 43 touchdowns and also threw for 14 touchdowns. Dameshek mentioned that a team should look at what Gifford did in the league and try to get New England Patriots quarterback Tim Tebow to become. Gifford was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1977.
On the other side of the coin, Barber was given the title of overrated by Adam Rank because he felt that Barber wasn't as dominant a running back as he was made out to be. He also brought up his fumbling issues while with the Giants — 53 career fumbles and something Giants current head coach Tom Coughlin helped Barber fix by changing the way he held the football while running.
Rank pointed out that the Giants went on to have success once Barber retired from the NFL in 2006, winning Super Bowl XLII in 2007 behind a trio of running backs: Brandon Jacobs, Derrick Ward and Ahmad Bradshaw.
Dameshek did counter, though, that Barber was probably the Giants' best pure running back of all-time and best three-down back in team history, while Rank felt Super Bowl XXV MVP Ottis Anderson should have gotten more appreciation for his contributions as a Giants running back.
Barber rushed for 10,449 yards and 55 touchdowns and also had 5,183 receiving yards and 12 touchdowns. The 10,449 rushing yards are the most in Giants history.
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