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New York Giants Monday Morning Storylines: Ottis Anderson Deserving of Hall of Fame?

February 17th, 2014 at 6:30 AM
By Dan Benton

As a new week begins — packed full of important NFL dates — we get you started with a few Monday morning storylines, including a look at the career of Ottis Anderson and whether or not he's fit for the Pro Football Hall of Fame and what like would be like for the New York Giants without Eli Manning. Enjoy.

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Ottis Anderson Deserves Hall of Fame Honors

With the 2014 Hall of Fame Induction class already announced, former New York Giants running back OJ Anderson hasn't garnered much recognition for an outstanding NFL career. Find out if No. 24 will ever be enshrined with the Pro Football legends in Canton, O.H.

Potential New York Jets’ Free Agent: Hakeem Nicks

As we know, the Jets need offensive weapons. The Jets have been associated with several names, including Emmanuel Sanders and Jeremy Maclin. There is a name that has also been associated with the Jets this off-season, partially due to proximity, that we are going to take a look at tonight.

That player is WR Hakeem Nicks from the New York Giants.

What If the Giants Never Landed Eli Manning?

In parallel universes, the Giants are being quarterbacked by Ben Roethlisberger, Philip Rivers, Aaron Rodgers and whoever the hell relieved Kurt Warner in 2010. Confused? Let us explain.

If you dislike hypotheticals, feel free to hit that "Next Article" button in the top right corner of the page, because it's the offseason now and we're about to go back almost a full decade in order to dream up some scenarios that never happened.

This stems from a conversation I had with a New York Giants fan in a Manhattan sports bar earlier this month, so it has literally been reaped from an American sports debate hotbed.

Super Bowl MVP Smith Enjoys Spotlight

As part of being Super Bowl MVP, Smith won a Chevrolet Silverado. He’s giving it to his mom, which is perhaps his favorite thing to come from the Super Bowl run.

“Giving the car to my mom is pretty cool,” Smith said. “I think it will actually be pretty awesome when it shows up at her house. Having my brother (former New York Giants receiver Steve) on the field with me after we won the Super Bowl, that was cool. Just getting to be able to enjoy the parade with the linebackers, our group. I think that was pretty cool.”

Eisen's Mailbag: Giants Draft Priorities

I believe the offensive line will be a primary focus in both free agency and the draft. But several other position groups will also be addressed, including the secondary. It’s too early to say if such an emphasis means the Giants will use their first round draft choice on, say, an interior lineman. The combine has yet to begin. But after absorbing 37 sacks, it‘s clear the protection in front of Manning must improve.


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8 Responses to “New York Giants Monday Morning Storylines: Ottis Anderson Deserving of Hall of Fame?”

  1.  G-MenFan says:

    Ottis is one of those borderline HOF players in my mind. 10K career yards and 8K of them with the Cards. But he has 2 rings with the Giants. So if he goes in, does he go in as a Cardinal (’79 ROY, All-Pro and Pro Bowl ’79 and ’80, all-time Cardinal leading rusher w/ 7999 yds) or as a Giant (2 Lombardis and a SB MVP)??

    •  JimStoll says:

      I remember fearing Otis when he was the Cards main man (79-85)
      he was supposedly over the hill and just a back-up with the Giants (86-90); and mostly that was true
      Joe Morris was the guy between 86-88
      Rodney Hampton carried the load most of 90 before getting hurt
      so I don’t know how much the 2 Suoe’s really add to his credentials
      but the playoff run in 90 and the Supe itself were impressive
      who will ever forget that off-tackle left in the second hand where he brought his forearm up like an uppercut just as the defender was lowering his head to make the tackle

    •  Hanshi says:

      OJ Anderson played in one Superbowl as a Giant.

      •  Hanshi says:

        Or was it 2?

      •  Hanshi says:

        Yup it WAS 2. My mistake

        •  Hanshi says:

          Yeah, Ottis had to carries for 2 yards in SB XXI.

          •  JimStoll says:

            that’s why it was so surprising (and satisfying) when he had that great performance in 90

            •  rlhjr says:

              Anderson was a very big back with moves and pass catching ability.
              When he came to the Giants, he changed his entire style of running.

              Parcells realized that when not side stepping defenders, Anderson was a big powerful (6 ft 225 lbs.)man. And he had all the skills a running back needed.

              So rather that attacking off tackle and around the end, OJ started running dives and between guard and tackle. He mad the Giant running game scary with his physical slashing style of running.

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