1971 New York Giants Highlights

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Narrated by Frank Gifford.

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  1. I thought Alex Webster did a great job with the team. Man, they couldn't have been more down than right before he took the coaching job. Ron Johnson was clearly their best back. Seems like they would've been even more threatening with Rocky Thompson back there with him, but didn't happen.
    EVERYBODY in that Eastern Division were tough guys in that era. Throw the won/loss records away. Philly played hard and had a punishing defense. All teams gunning for the Cowboys, but Redskins' halfback, Larry Brown, indicated in his book that their roughest games were against New York, whose defenders, according to Brown, kept reminding him after being tackled, that, "you're not going to get 100" (yards) in one of their big grudge matches. Larry got those yards, though the Giants were hitters.

  2. After a surprising 1970 season, which saw the New York Giants produce a 9-5 record in the newly-formed NFC East, 1971 was ugly. Star quarterback
    Fran Tarkenton left the team during training camp. Ron Johnson,
    the first Giant to gain 1,000 yards in a season, suffered a knee injury.
    The team's top rusher was the forgettable Bobby Duhon. The Giants
    had a season long injury plague and were not in contention in 1971.
    Tarkenton had only 11 touchdown passes all season and was benched
    in favor of newly acquired Randy Johnson in the finale. Rookie sensation
    Rocky Thompson excelled as kickoff returner and reserve running back.
    Bob Tucker was the lone bright spot when he caught 51 passes to lead
    the NFC in catches. He was the first tight end to win a receiving title.

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