Voters: Dr. Bill Chachkes, Kel Dansby, John Fennelly, Chris Johnson, Dan Orlando (Sports World Report), Rich Resch, Craig Santucci, Dan Stack, Jon Wagner
Justin TuckVotes received: Chachkes (2nd place), Santucci (2nd), Stack (3rd), Dansby (4th), Orlando (4th), Resch (4th), Wagner (6th), Johnson (7th), Fennelly (8th)
Santucci: With Tolley gone and Osi being Osi, no one can fill the Captain’s shoes in and out of the locker room.
Stack: The Giants need him healthy and be reinvigorated for the 2012 season.
Wagner: When Tuck is healthy, he’s dominant. When he’s dominant, he helps provide possibly the best pass rush in the league, one that is the heart and soul of the Giants’ defense. And, off of last year, he’s a leader who’s already talking about a possible dynasty.
Fennelly: When he was hurt, the defense could not contain the outside rush. Once he came back, he played lights out.
Chachkes: He has finally begun to fully embrace the leadership role as defensive captain, which was never more evident than during this last playoff run. I guess those chats with Mike Strahan on the sets of the Subway commercials last year finally paid off.
Orlando: Some would make the argument that Tuck should be higher on this list. They would likely have valid points.
After all, Tuck is not only the leader of the defense; he is the vocal leader of the team. The Giants might only be going as far as Eli can take them, but as 2009 showed, a weak defense can negate Manning's effort.
Resch: He may not be as talented as Jason Pierre-Paul (few are), but he finally became Michael Strahan's heir apparent as the leader of the defense. His regular season statistics were hurt by injuries, but when the playoffs came around, he turned it up to eleven. His two-sack, one-forced-safety performance at the Super Bowl could have easily given him his second Super Bowl MVP (Eli got both of those honors, but Tuck was dominant in both).
His versatility makes him so important, and only a freak of nature like JPP could be ranked above him on the defensive side of the ball. But when Tuck is healthy, it's hard to find a more complete defensive player in the game. He will be a member of the Giants Ring of Honor.
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