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Brad Benson Named In New York Giants Top 100 Players

by Marco Ceo

Brad Benson: Giants Legend Ranks 99 in Top 100 Players

To mark the New York Giants 100th season, an independent panel has honored the Top 100 players in Giants history. Among over 5000 players, Brad Benson has secured the 99th spot. This post delves into his remarkable career and contributions to the Giants.

The Man Behind the Mask

Brad Benson wasn’t a flashy player, but he was reliable and tough. Drafted in the eighth round by New England in 1977, doubts loomed over his size. Standing 6-foot-3 and weighing 262 pounds, many questioned if he could make it in the NFL. Yet, Benson proved everyone wrong.

Benson never played a game for the Patriots but went on to start 123 of 137 regular-season games for the New York Giants. He also started seven out of nine postseason appearances, including the glorious Super Bowl XXI victory. His journey from “Temporary” to a starter is a testament to his resilience and hard work. Benson recalls, “When I came here, my middle name was Temporary. I became a starter late in 1978 at right tackle.”

Shutting Down the Best

One of Benson’s most memorable performances came during the 1986 season. In Week 14 against the Washington Redskins, Benson faced Dexter Manley, the NFL’s leading sack artist at the time. Benson made Manley invisible, holding him to just three tackles and no sacks. This performance earned Benson the NFC Offensive Player of the Week, making him the first offensive lineman to receive this honor. It also helped secure his Pro Bowl selection.

Benson’s ability to neutralize top defensive players like Manley showcased his skill and determination. He was a key part of the Giants’ offensive line, famously known as the “Suburbanites.” This group included center Bart Oates, guards Bill Ard and Chris Godfrey, and tackle Karl Nelson. They were known for their friendly demeanor off the field, but on the field, they were one of the NFL’s best lines. Running back Maurice Carthon praised them, saying, “Our linemen were tremendous that year.”

A Career to Remember

Benson’s career wasn’t without challenges. In 1979, an injury in camp shifted him to left tackle. In 1984, he started at right guard. Coach Bill Parcells pushed him hard, creating fierce competition for the left tackle job. Benson drew motivation from Parcells’ relentless prodding, which helped him thrive and excel.

Benson’s versatility and adaptability made him invaluable to the Giants. He played multiple positions on the offensive line, demonstrating his football IQ and skill. His legacy is cemented not just by his statistics, but by the respect he earned from teammates and opponents alike.


Brad Benson’s ranking as the 99th greatest Giant is a fitting tribute to his contributions. From humble beginnings to becoming a Pro Bowl lineman, his story is one of perseverance and excellence. Giants fans will always remember Benson as a cornerstone of one of the greatest offensive lines in NFL history. Here’s to celebrating Brad Benson, a true Giants legend.

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