Another three-for-four performance for NBC Sports cousin Mike Florio on his campaign to declare the four “Faces of the Franchise” Mt.Rushmore-style for every NFL team.
(Maybe three-for-four is great. Maybe not. If Mike were a quarterback, he’d be on a Rushmore. If he were a kicker, he’d be job-hunting.)
Mike was three-for-four with the Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. Now he’s done that for the New York Giants.
Mikey, Mikey, Mikey. ...
Bill Parcells. Ok. Same number of titles, not as many championship appearances as Steve Owens, but OK.
Eli Manning. Ok. Y.A. Tittle got to more championship games but he lost his three while Eli won his two. Charlie Conerly? Three championship games, one title and a run as the Marlboro man in commercials. But Eli has had to win playoff games to get to his championship games and he’s probably not done yet.
L.T. The gimme for this franchise.
But Sam Huff? Maybe Mike thought he needed a nod to the old-guy set and Huff did enough business with Jim Brown to earn some honors. But as epic as “The Violent World of Sam Huff” was for TV at the time, Huff would be a tough sell even as the face of that early ‘60s team. C’mon, Mike… . Is this some kind of West Virginia thing with you?
The TV program helped create Huff’s “face” for the franchise, but the face of that era in New York was Frank Gifford. The guy had a near career-ending hit from Chuck Bednarik and then spent years in the MNF booth with Howard Cosell. The man knew pain. I could argue Gifford over Eli at this point of the latter’s career.
Wellington Mara? In the discussion.
Michael Strahan scored fourth in fan balloting. That works: 141.5 sacks and a “face” of the franchise in more ways than one.
But Sam Huff? Mikey, Mikey, Mikey. ...
ProFootballTalk.com's Bears "Faces of the Franchise" will be unveiled next Tuesday, June 11.