The other day we posed two trivia questions and here are the answers....
Who wore No. 56 before Lawrence Taylor and what was LT's original number?
The answer is center Jim Clack. Taylor entered training camp in 1981 wearing the uniform number he wore at UNC - 98. He requested No. 56 because his favorite player was Thomas "Hollywood" Henderson, the Cowboys' colorful linebacker.
The circumstances of the how Clack surrendered to number to LT are unclear. He switched to number 58 in 1981, which was his fourth and final year with the team after coming over from Pittsburgh via a trade in 1978.
Why did Phil Simms wear No. 11?
Simms wore No. 12 throughout his amateur career but when he came to the Giants in 1979 that number was taken by backup QB Jerry Golsteyn. Simms did not ask for the number. He took No. 11 in camp instead and did not change when Golsteyn was released before the season.
Simms told me once he had No. 11, he saw no need to change back to 12.
Uniform numbers 11 and 56 have both been retired by the Giants.
Here is today's question: Who were the starters on the Giants' defensive line in 1996 and who led the team in tackles....?