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1956 New York Giants

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8-3-1, Finished 1st in NFL East Division  · 1956 NFL Season Summary
 SRS: Total 4.2, Offense: 2.7, Defense: 1.4, SoS: -1.4, avg is 0.0.

Scored 264 points (22.0/g), 5th of 12 in the NFL. Allowed 197 points (16.4/g), 4th.
 Differential of 67 points (5.6/g), 3rd.  Expected W-L: 8.0-4.0.

Coach: Jim Lee Howell (8-3-1)
 Offensive Coordinator: Vince Lombardi
 Defensive Coordinator: Tom Landry

 Training Camp: St. Michael's College (Winooski, Vermont)


Starters

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),Hide Non-primary Starters
Pos Age Yrs GS Summary of Player Stats Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
 Offensive Starters
QB Charlie Conerly* 35 8 0 90 for 174, 1,143 yards, 10 td, 7 int, & 11 rushes for 11 yards and 0 td Washington Redskins / 13th / 127th pick / 1945
FB Mel Triplett 25 1 0 125 rushes for 515 yards, 5 td, & 6 catches for 48 yards and 1 td New York Giants / 5th / 56th pick / 1955
LH Frank Gifford*+ 26 4 0 159 rushes for 819 yards, 5 td, & 51 catches for 603 yards and 4 td New York Giants / 1st / 11th pick / 1952
RH Alex Webster 25 1 0 178 rushes for 694 yards, 7 td, & 21 catches for 197 yards and 3 td Washington Redskins / 11th / 123rd pick / 1953
LE Kyle Rote* 28 5 0 28 catches for 405 yards, 4 td, & 3 rushes for 5 yards and 0 td New York Giants / 1st / 1st pick / 1951
LT Rosey Brown*+ 24 3 0 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 27th / 321st pick / 1953
LG Jerry Huth 23 Rook 0 2 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 24th / 285th pick / 1956
C Ray Wietecha 28 3 12 New York Giants / 12th / 150th pick / 1950
RG Jack Stroud 28 3 0 New York Giants / 5th / 61st pick / 1951
RT Dick Yelvington 28 4 0 1 fumble recovered New York Giants / 23rd / 278th pick / 1951
RE Ken MacAfee 27 2 0 14 catches for 184 yards, 4 td
 Defensive Starters
LDE Walt Yowarsky 28 5 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Washington Redskins / 3rd / 29th pick / 1951
LDT Dick Modzelewski 25 3 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Washington Redskins / 2nd / 16th pick / 1953
RDT Rosey Grier*+ 24 1 0 0 interceptions, 3 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 3rd / 31st pick / 1955
RDE Andy Robustelli*+ 31 5 0 0 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 19th / 228th pick / 1951
LLB Bill Svoboda 28 6 0 2 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 29th pick / 1950
MLB Sam Huff 22 Rook 0 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 3rd / 30th pick / 1956
RLB Harland Svare 26 3 0 Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 204th pick / 1953
LDH Ed Hughes 29 2 0 1 interception, 1 fumble recovered Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 117th pick / 1954
RDH Dick Nolan 24 2 0 2 interceptions, 0 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 4th / 41st pick / 1954
LS Emlen Tunnell*+ 32 8 0 6 interceptions, 1 fumble recovered
RS Jimmy Patton 23 1 0 1 interception, 2 fumbles recovered New York Giants / 8th / 92nd pick / 1955
 Special Teams Starters
K Ben Agajanian 37 11 0 5 of 13 field goals & 23 of 23 extra points
P Don Chandler 22 Rook 0 59 punts for a 41.9 average, 0 blocked New York Giants / 5th / 57th pick / 1956
PR Emlen Tunnell*+ 32 8 0 22 punt returns for a 5.5 average and 0 td
KR Gene Filipski 25 Rook 0 19 kick returns for a 20.5 average and 0 td Cleveland Browns / 7th / 83rd pick / 1953

Roster

ProBowl(*), 1st-team All-Pro(+),
No. Age Pos G GS Wt Ht College/Univ BirthDate Yrs AV Drafted (tm/rnd/yr)
8 Ben Agajanian 37 K 10 0 215 6-0 New Mexico 8/28/1919 11
60 Bill Austin 28 8 0 223 6-1 Oregon St. 10/18/1928 7 New York Giants / 13th / 126th pick / 1949
61 Ray Beck 25 10 0 224 6-2 Georgia Tech 3/17/1931 4 New York Giants / 2nd / 23rd pick / 1952
79 Rosey Brown*+ 24 LT 12 0 255 6-3 Morgan St. 10/20/1932 3 New York Giants / 27th / 321st pick / 1953
82 Hank Burnine 24 3 0 188 6-2 Missouri 11/9/1932 Rook New York Giants / 12th / 140th pick / 1955
34 Don Chandler 22 P 12 0 215 6-2 Florida 9/5/1934 Rook New York Giants / 5th / 57th pick / 1956
12 Bob Clatterbuck 24 2 0 195 6-3 Houston 7/3/1932 2 New York Giants / 27th / 316th pick / 1954
42 Charlie Conerly* 35 QB 12 0 185 6-1 Mississippi 9/19/1921 8 Washington Redskins / 13th / 127th pick / 1945
40 Gene Filipski 25 KR 12 0 185 5-11 Army,Villanova 6/14/1931 Rook Cleveland Browns / 7th / 83rd pick / 1953
16 Frank Gifford*+ 26 LH 12 0 197 6-1 USC 8/16/1930 4 New York Giants / 1st / 11th pick / 1952
76 Rosey Grier*+ 24 RDT 12 0 284 6-5 Penn St. 7/14/1932 1 New York Giants / 3rd / 31st pick / 1955
11 Don Heinrich 26 QB 12 12 182 6-0 Washington 9/19/1930 2 New York Giants / 3rd / 35th pick / 1952
41 Johnny Hermann 23 2 0 180 6-1 UCLA 10/17/1933 Rook New York Giants / 10th / 117th pick / 1956
70 Sam Huff 22 MLB 12 0 230 6-1 West Virginia 10/4/1934 Rook New York Giants / 3rd / 30th pick / 1956
48 Ed Hughes 29 LDH 12 0 184 6-1 Cameron,North Carolina St.,Tulsa 10/23/1927 2 Los Angeles Rams / 10th / 117th pick / 1954
65 Jerry Huth 23 LG 11 0 226 6-0 Wake Forest 7/23/1933 Rook New York Giants / 24th / 285th pick / 1956
75 Jim Katcavage 22 12 0 237 6-3 Dayton 10/28/1934 Rook New York Giants / 4th / 45th pick / 1956
89 Cliff Livingston 26 12 0 218 6-3 UCLA 7/2/1930 2
80 Ken MacAfee 27 RE 12 0 212 6-2 Alabama 8/3/1929 2
77 Dick Modzelewski 25 LDT 12 0 250 6-0 Maryland 2/16/1931 3 Washington Redskins / 2nd / 16th pick / 1953
22 Henry Moore 22 5 0 195 6-1 Arkansas 4/3/1934 Rook New York Giants / 2nd / 19th pick / 1956
25 Dick Nolan 24 RDH 12 0 185 6-1 Maryland 3/26/1932 2 New York Giants / 4th / 41st pick / 1954
20 Jimmy Patton 23 RS 12 0 183 5-11 Mississippi 9/29/1933 1 New York Giants / 8th / 92nd pick / 1955
27 Herb Rich 28 5 0 181 5-11 Vanderbilt 10/7/1928 6 Baltimore Colts / 6th / 67th pick / 1950
81 Andy Robustelli*+ 31 RDE 12 0 230 6-1 Arnold 12/6/1925 5 Los Angeles Rams / 19th / 228th pick / 1951
44 Kyle Rote* 28 LE 12 0 199 6-0 SMU 10/27/1928 5 New York Giants / 1st / 1st pick / 1951
85 Bob Schnelker 28 12 0 214 6-3 Bowling Green 10/17/1928 3 Cleveland Browns / 29th / 377th pick / 1950
62 Jack Spinks 26 3 0 236 6-0 Alcorn St. 2/4/1930 4 Pittsburgh Steelers / 11th / 126th pick / 1952
66 Jack Stroud 28 RG 11 0 235 6-1 Tennessee 1/29/1928 3 New York Giants / 5th / 61st pick / 1951
84 Harland Svare 26 RLB 11 0 214 6-0 Washington St. 11/15/1930 3 Los Angeles Rams / 17th / 204th pick / 1953
30 Bill Svoboda 28 LLB 11 0 210 6-0 Tulane 7/12/1928 6 Chicago Cardinals / 3rd / 29th pick / 1950
33 Mel Triplett 25 FB 12 0 215 6-1 Toledo 12/24/1931 1 New York Giants / 5th / 56th pick / 1955
45 Emlen Tunnell*+ 32 LS 12 0 187 6-1 Toledo,Iowa 3/29/1924 8
29 Alex Webster 25 RH 12 0 225 6-3 North Carolina St. 4/19/1931 1 Washington Redskins / 11th / 123rd pick / 1953
55 Ray Wietecha 28 C 12 12 225 6-1 Michigan St.,Northwestern 11/4/1928 3 New York Giants / 12th / 150th pick / 1950
72 Dick Yelvington 28 RT 12 0 232 6-2 Georgia 7/27/1928 4 New York Giants / 23rd / 278th pick / 1951
78 Walt Yowarsky 28 LDE 11 0 234 6-2 Kentucky 5/10/1928 5 Washington Redskins / 3rd / 29th pick / 1951
Team Total 26.4 12 213.1 6-1.2 3.0