Giants Ring of Honor Inductees

Tim Mara

Wellington Mara

Jack Mara

Bob Tisch

George Young

Steve Owen

Jim Lee Howell

Bill Parcells

Frank Gifford

Harry Carson

Lawrence Taylor

Phil Simms

Michael Strahan

George Martin

Sam Huff

Y.A. Tittle

Jessie Armstead

Amani Toomer

Tiki Barber

Ken Strong

Pete Gogolak

Andy Robustelli

Tuffy Leemans

Al Blozis

Mel Hein

Roosevelt Brown

Emlen Tunnell

Charlie Conerly

Dick Lynch

Joe Morrison

Alex Webster

Brad Van Pelt

Carl Banks

Mark Bavaro

Dave Jennings

John Johnson

Osi Umenyiora

Chris Snee

Jack Lummus

2015 Ring of Honor Inductees

Chris Snee

Snee joined the Giants as a second-round draft choice in 2004 from Boston College. That preseason, he became the starter at right guard and stayed in that position for 10 years (except in the rare instances when he was sidelined by health issues). Snee started all started all 141 regular-season games and 11 postseason games in which he played. From 2005-11, he started 101 consecutive regular-season games (plus seven postseason games) before missing a game with a concussion. Snee missed only 19 games in his 10 seasons, including 13 in 2013, his final season.

“Chris was a great Giant, on and off the field,” said team chairman Steve Tisch. “And that is the highest compliment we can pay somebody around here.”

“I took pride in being out there every game,” Snee said. “You only get so many opportunities to play games, so I am thankful. There were games where I probably was 70 percent, less than that, but I thought I owed it to the organization and to my teammates, coaches and the fans just to be out there. I’m getting paid to play that day, so I’m going to play.”

Snee announced his retirement on the day the Giants opened training camp in 2014. He had hoped to play another season, but health issues, primarily a balky elbow and surgically-repaired hips, limited him to three games in his final season and forced him out of uniform. The day Snee said he would no longer play, team president John Mara let the world know Snee would soon enjoy this honor.

“I think Chris was everything you could ever hope for in a player: toughness, integrity, and a lot of pride,” Giants president and chief executive officer John Mara said. “Winning mattered to him. I think he set a great example for all of the other players. He’s somebody we’re going to miss very much. He was one of the greatest offensive linemen in Giants history, and he’ll be on that Ring of Honor someday.”

That day is here. And though Snee knew it was coming, he was still unprepared for the official announcement.

“Honestly, it caught me a little off guard,” Snee said. “I know Mr. Mara said that when I retired I would be going in, in the near future, but it still was something that kind of overwhelmed me when he told me. I think in large part because I feel somedays I wake up and I should be going to practice. I’m not that far removed from the game. But to be going up there with the names that are up there, it’s overwhelming. I’ve been a little restless at night, because honestly I’m excited and kind of shocked that it’s all happening.”

Snee joins Hein, Brown, and Blozis as the only offensive linemen in the Ring of Honor.

“To me, he was the best guard in all of football,” coach Tom Coughlin said. “No doubt. No matter who you put him against, all of the great defensive tackles in the game, the 350 (pound) guys, the 340 guys, he blocked them. When he first came here, he was so, so committed and so driven to excel at the professional level as he had excelled at the collegiate level.”

The Coughlin-Snee relationship is much than simply a coach/player partnership. Coughlin is Snee’s son-in-law. Snee is the father to three of Coughlin’s 11 grandchildren, with one more due in February.

“He has done everything that you want in a man and in a football player,” Coughlin said. “You may say you’re not very objective about this. I’m not pleading my case for objectivity. I’m just telling you the quality of the man is greater than the quality and the ability of the football player, and that’s as good as it gets.”

Having your father-in-law double as your NFL head coach can be an awkward experience, particularly in the locker room, but Snee said he would change nothing about his time with Coughlin.

“I enjoyed every bit of it, from the time I came in,” Snee said. “We never spoke about it, but that’s always just been the way it was. It was work here, but off the field we’d relax and hang out, have a drink together. When I got here I was 22, just becoming the man I am now, just seeing the way he runs his family. I took a lot of note of that. I try to parent my kids the same way, firm but loving. He’s a great coach, but a better man, and that’s something that was evident to me right away.”

Snee is also thrilled to join the Ring of Honor with Umenyiora. They are the first members of the Ring who played in both Super Bowls XLII and XLVI.

“It is special, because I think it was a great era,” Snee said. “The more I get to be around Giants fans and the appreciation for that decade when we were around, the success we had, it was really an exciting time to be a Giant fan. They’ll be many more. Obviously, we played with a lot of great players. Eli (Manning) and (Justin) Tuck are still playing, and there will be others I’m sure that will get up there. To be the first two from quite an accomplished decade is special.”

Osi Umenyiora

Umenyiora’s career closely paralleled Snee’s. He was also a second-round draft choice (from Troy University), one year earlier than his offensive counterpart (2003). Umenyiora also played 10 seasons for the Giants, departing after the 2012 season.

But Umenyiora didn’t depart the Giants for retirement. He played for the Atlanta Falcons in 2013-14. The Giants, however, remained No. 1 in his heart. On Aug. 26, Umenyiora visited the Quest Diagnostics Training Center to officially retire as a Giant.

“I finished my contract over there, and in my head I wanted to retire as a New York Giant,” Umenyiora said. “I wanted to play here, because I’d already done something else. Once I saw that that opportunity wasn’t really feasible, it just made sense for me to retire. I played the majority of my career here so for me it just made sense to be able to come back here to where I consider home and retire as a Giant.”

Now Umenyiora’s name will hang with the other Giants immortals in MetLife Stadium. He is the fourth defensive end in the Ring of Honor, joining Hall of Famers Robustelli and Strahan, as well as George Martin.

“Osi was certainly one of the premier defensive ends in the game and a key part of our two Super Bowl teams,” Mara said. “But he was much more than that. Osi had so much pride and always gave 100 percent. He represented himself and our team on and off the field like a true professional and was a great example to his teammates.”
“Osi is and has always been a great Giant,” Tisch said. “I will remember him as much for his great smile and engaging personality as I will for his ability to rush the passer. His love for the game is obvious to anyone who watched him perform.”

Umenyiora had 75.0 of his 85.0 career sacks with the Giants, which places him fourth on the franchise’s official list. Strahan (141.5), Taylor (132.5) and Leonard Marshall (79.5) are the only players with more sacks in a Giants uniform since 1982, when sacks became an official statistic.

In 10 postseason games, Umenyiora had 5.5 sacks, tying him with Justin Tuck for fourth on that franchise list.

“Osi was an explosive, smart, crafty edge rusher who was a scary matchup for any offensive tackle in this league in his prime,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “He had all the moves and played the game right, and he was a great student of the game.”

Umenyiora was the only member of the 2007 world champions to play in the Pro Bowl. That season, the Giants had an NFL-high 53 sacks, thanks largely to their three outstanding defensive ends. Umenyiora led the way with 13.0. Justin Tuck, another two-time Pro Bowler, had 10.0, and Strahan had 9.0 in his final season.

Umenyiora’s 75.0 sacks during his 10 seasons with the Giants put him in a tie for ninth in the NFL during that span. His 85.0 sacks during his 12-year career were tied for 11th in the league in those dozen seasons. But Umenyiora actually played just nine seasons for the Giants and 11 in the NFL, because he did not play a game in 2008 after undergoing knee surgery.  

On Sept. 23, 2007, Umenyiora set the Giants’ single-game franchise record with 6.0 sacks of Philadelphia’s Donovan McNabb in MetLife Stadium. The old mark was 4.5 sacks by linebacker Pepper Johnson at Tampa Bay on Nov. 24, 1991.

From 2004-10, Umenyiora was the Giants’ sole or shared leader in sacks in all six seasons in which he played (not including 2008). He was the team sack leader in four consecutive seasons with 7.0 in 2004, a career-high 14.5 in 2005, 6.0 in 2006 and 13.0 in 2007, and again with 7.0 in 2009. He tied Tuck for the team lead in 2010 with 11.5. Umenyiora was the first Giants player to top the team in sacks four years in a row since Taylor led the team in five consecutive seasons from 1986-90. Strahan was No. 1 in sacks each season from 1995-98, but shared the 1996 lead with Chad Bratzke.

But Umenyiora did more than just tackle quarterbacks behind the line of scrimmage. He often separated them from the ball, a play popularly referred to now as the strip sack. The Elias Sports Bureau, official statistician for the NFL, does not officially recognize forced fumbles. But Elias does track them by reviewing the play-by-play of every NFL game.  Unofficially, Elias has Umenyiora with 32 forced fumbles as a member of the Giants (tied for fifth in the NFL from 2002-13) and 35 in his career (also tied for fifth from 2003-14).

John Johnson

Millions of Giants fans have never heard of John Johnson, but he was an extraordinarily popular figure during a career that was almost unparalleled in the history of the franchise.

Johnson joined the team as an athletic trainer in 1948. He retired at age 90 following the 2007 season and Super Bowl XLII, ending a remarkable 60-year career with the franchise. Only Wellington Mara, whose tenure with the organization began in its first season in 1925 and extended to his death in 2005, had a longer career. Johnson was on the Giants’ sideline for 874 regular-season and 34 postseason games, and he attended thousands of practices.

Johnson worked with 12 head coaches, from Steve Owen to Tom Coughlin, and helped keep the Giants running through those 928 games. When he started in ’48, the Giants had a quarterback from Ole Miss in Charlie Conerly. Fifty-nine years later, Johnson went out a champion thanks to a touchdown pass thrown by Eli Manning, another quarterback from Ole Miss. Johnson has a football signed by both of them.

Johnson, still going strong at age 98, joins the most hallowed names in the team’s Ring of Honor, including Mara and many more of his friends, like Frank Gifford, Emlen Tunnell, Rosie Brown, Phil Simms and Michael Strahan.

“They were the greatest,” Johnson said. “I don’t know what I’m doing up there. Here we were, with a great Hall of Fame all around me. Good coaches, great players. You go back 60 years, that’s a long time.”

Generations of players and Giants staff members revered Johnson for his wisdom, his friendship, and his unique ability to perfectly tape an ankle.

“John Johnson had a stellar career with the Giants, spanning 60 years,” said Ronnie Barnes, who began his Giants career in 1976, became head trainer four years later and is now the senior vice president of medical services. “He traveled with the team and was an indispensable member of the medical staff. He had so many stories about the early NFL and medicine before the arthroscope and advanced diagnostic technology.  

“Leaving a legacy is something that we all strive to do, and John Johnson achieved that and more. He was a licensed massage therapist and physical therapist with tremendous hands. Michael Strahan sought him out and made John his personal athletic trainer. He cared for him with the same compassion that he had for Y.A. Tittle, Frank Gifford and Charlie Conerly.”

“He has a great personality,” Snee said. “I didn’t open up to anyone for a long time. He was one of the first to get me to crack a smile. Especially in 2004, I was a rookie, and obviously having a coach who was my father-in law, he was a pain in the (butt) at the time. He was very tough, and I didn’t quite feel like smiling when I went to work. John would get me to lighten up. What I also remember, he had probably the strongest hands. Even after he retired, he would come in. Whenever he would come in, if a guy needed his neck worked on, it would be John Johnson who did it. He would work on it. He had some vice grips for hands and would always get the knots out if needed. I definitely enjoyed the four years I was around him.”

Always a diplomat, Johnson is reluctant to single out players and coaches as particular favorites – until he’s gently prodded. He was with a dozen head coaches. Which one did he most enjoy working with?

“You can’t do that,” Johnson said. “That’s pretty tough to do that. Parcells, I liked Parcells. I liked all the guys. You mention them, and I have to say something, but they were all great guys as far as I was concerned. I never had any trouble with them. They might have trouble with themselves, but I never had any trouble with them, no. And then, of course, we had a lot of assistant coaches in there as well, like Tunnell and all those guys. They were great ballplayers.

“People say to me, ‘Who is the greatest team? Who is the greatest ball player?’ I don’t think you can say that over 60 years, because we had a lot of great ballplayers.”

And a very popular athletic trainer who administered to all of them.

Jack Lummus

Jack Lummus’ entire Giants career consisted of nine games in 1941. He was a 6-3, 200-pound two-way end who that season caught one pass for five yards for a Giants team that finished 8-3 before losing to the Bears in the NFL Championship Game on Dec. 21, two weeks after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On Jan. 30, 1942, with the United States fully engaged in World War II, Lummus gave up his football career to enlist in the Marine Corps Reserves. He was sent to the Mainside Recruit Training Center in San Diego for basic training. It was there, on March 16, 1942, that he wrote a letter to Jack Mara, the son of Giants founder Tim Mara and brother of Wellington Mara, informing the Giants he had joined the Marines.

The letter, in its entirety:

Dear Jack:

I received your letter of March 11 with the Play-off check enclosed. Thank you.

I joined the Marines about 7 weeks ago, and have just now completed my preliminary training here in San Diego. I’m due to be transferred sometime this week – destination unknown.

Jack, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you how much I enjoyed playing with the Giants and to thank Duke (Wellington), Mr. Mara and Coach Owen for everything. I’ll never forget my rookie year with the Giants.

Best of luck this coming Season.

Yours truly,

Jack Lummus

Three years later – on March 8, 1945 – Lummus was mortally wounded on Iwo Jima when he stepped on a land mine and lost his legs. On Sunday, he will join Blozis as Giants players who gave their lives in World War II and are forever memorialized by the organization in the Ring of Honor. Blozis was killed in January 1945. The Giants retired his No. 32 jersey that year.

Lummus’ remains were buried in Ennis Texas, two years later. The Giants erected a bronze tablet in Lummus’ honor in the Polo Grounds. On Dec. 30, 1945, Lummus’ mother wrote Jack Mara and said, in part, “We are so proud that he played with your Club for a season as this had been his desire for so long. Thank you again for your kindness to us and to my son.” It was signed, Very Truly Yours, Mrs. Jack Lummus.
On May 5, 1946, President Harry S. Truman signed a citation posthumously awarding the Medal of Honor to 1st Lt. Jack Lummus.

Today, 70 years after his death, Lummus’ legacy endures. His name will forever be displayed for fans to see at every Giants home game with the other members of the Ring of Honor.

He is the namesake of the USNS 1ST LT Jack Lummus, a Maritime Prepositioning Ship. Prepositioning ships have supported Marines, Army and Navy operations for many years, and the majority of them are named in honor of servicemen who died while earning the Medal of Honor.

Finally, Lummus has family members who help his legacy endure.

Jack Lummus had two sisters, Thelma Wright and Sue Merritt (both deceased). Thelma Wright had a daughter, JackLyn Wright (named for Jack and Ethlyn Bookwalter, Jack’s fiancé, whom he would have married had he survived the war) and son Pete Wright (deceased).

Sue Merritt had a son, John T. Merritt and daughter, Miranda Millsap.

The Giants are thrilled that Jacklyn, John and Miranda will attend the ceremony on Sunday, and accept the honor on behalf of the Lummus family.

2011 Ring of Honor Inductees

Great players from several eras and positions are included in the second class of the Giants’ Ring of Honor, which the team revealed today.

The year’s group is: running back Alex Webster, linebackers Brad Van Pelt and Carl Banks, tight end Mark Bavaro and punter Dave Jennings.

They will be formally inducted into the Ring of Honor at halftime of the Giants’ game against the Green Bay Packers Sunday in MetLife Stadium.

“I’m honored and humbled and I never expected it,” Banks said of his induction. “That’s not why I played. I played to help my team, but I’m glad it’s happening.”

“It’s an honor,” Bavaro said. “It’s great company to be in. It’s very fitting I’m going in with Carl Banks. He helped me become a better player by practicing against him all the time.”

The five former players will join the original 30-member Ring of Honor class that included Wellington Mara, Bob Tisch, Frank Gifford, Mel Hein, Bill Parcells and Harry Carson.

Alex Webster
Webster played his entire 10-year career (1955-64) for the Giants. He played in 109 games and
47 years after his retirement, he is fourth on the Giants’ career lists with 4,638 rushing yards and 1,196 carries. He also caught 240 passes for 2,679 yards and scored 56 touchdowns (39 rushing, 17 receiving). Webster was the second-leading rusher and scorer and the third-leading receiver for the 1956 NFL champion Giants. He was selected to the Pro Bowl in 1958 and 1961, when he ran for a career-high 928 yards. Webster was the Giants’ head coach from 1969-73.

Brad Van Pelt
Van Pelt played for the Giants from 1973-83, when the team had only one winning record, but he was one of the team’s very best players. Van Pelt joined Carson, Brian Kelley and later Lawrence Taylor to form the famed group of linebackers known as the “Crunch Bunch.” He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl every season from 1976-80. Van Pelt played in 143 games for the Giants in four home stadiums - Yankee Stadium, Yale Bowl, Shea Stadium and Giants Stadium – and for five head coaches - Bill Arnsparger, John McVay, Ray Perkins and Bill Parcells. He had 16 interceptions for the Giants. Van Pelt died on Feb. 17, 2009.

Carl Banks

Banks was the third overall selection of the 1984 NFL Draft and played for the Giants through the 1992 season. He was one of the premier run-stoppers of his era, a standout on the teams that won Super Bowls XXI and XXV, a Pro Bowler in 1987 and a member of the NFL 1980’s All-Decade Team. Banks played in 126 regular season games and had 36.0 sacks, three interceptions and approximately 500 tackles. Banks is still closely affiliated with the Giants; since 2007, he has been an analyst on the Giants’ radio broadcasts.

Mark Bavaro
Bavaro is one of the finest all-around tight ends in Giants history. An outstanding blocker, he is also 10th on the franchise’s career list with 266 receptions and 15th with 3,722 yards. Bavaro was a starter on the Giants’ 1986 and 1990 Super Bowl championship teams and a Pro Bowler in 1986 and ‘87. In the Giants’ first Super Bowl season, Bavaro led the team with 66 catches – twice as many as any teammate – for 1,001 yards to become the only tight end in Giants history with 1,000 receiving yards in a season.

Dave Jennings
Jennings is the most prolific punter in Giants history. A member of the team from 1974-84, Jennings holds the franchise records for punts (931) and yards (38,792). He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl in 1978, ‘79, ‘80 and ‘82. He punted a career-high 104 times in 1979, twice punted for more than 4,000 yards in a season and had a career-best 44.8-yard average in 1980.


Approximately 1,600 players have suited up for the Giants in their 86-year history. Those players have performed for 16 head coaches. Twenty-nine members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame have ties to the Giants, either because they played all or part of their careers with the team, or were Giants coaches or owners.

The Giants, however, never have had their own place to honor the franchise's greatest and most influential figures. Until now. One of the greatest features in the New Meadowlands Stadium is the Legacy Club, which is devoted to the franchise‘s storied history. The Legacy Club, presented by New York-Presbyterian Hospital, houses the greatest collection of Giants artifacts and memorabilia ever assembled in one place. Fans can relive more than eight decades of Giants history through a stunning visual experience featuring interactive video screens, including Giants highlights and interviews with the franchise's legendary players, coaches, and owners. There are displays with historic game-worn jerseys and helmets and many never before seen artifacts. In addition, all of the Giants' Super Bowl and NFC Championship trophies are on display.

The Giants took another step in acknowledging their tremendous history with the unveiling of their Ring of Honor. The Ring recognizes 30 prominent men who have helped the Giants win seven NFL championships and almost 650 games. The members of the Ring of Honor were selected by the Giants organization based on their contributions to the success and history of the franchise, whether they were players on the field, coaches on the sideline, executives in the front office or owners. Each member of the Ring of Honor played a unique and indelible role in helping make the Giants franchise one of the most successful in NFL history.

"The Ring of Honor and a Hall of Fame are elements that have been discussed for quite some time," said John Mara, the Giants President and Chief Executive Officer. "For many years fans have asked us why we had neither, and our response always was that we would when either Giants Stadium undergoes a refurbishing or we have a new stadium. So it was important that we have one or the other in our new building, and it has worked out that we now have both a Ring of Honor and a Legacy Club to recognize the great players and coaches and others who have made our organization what it is."

"The Ring of Honor and the Legacy Club are great reminders for all of us of the responsibility we have in upholding the tradition of those who came before us," said Giants Chairman and Executive Vice President Steve Tisch. "It is with tremendous gratitude that we recognize the 30 individuals who are being inducted for their contributions to our organization."

The Ring of Honor will be displayed in the end zones of the New Meadowlands Stadium at every Giants home game.

Read what some former Giants greats have to say about being inducted:

Phil Simms on Ring of Honor
Michael Strahan Excited to be Honored
Tiki Barber Honored
Frank Gifford Proud to be Honored