Ring of Honor class sees reason for hope after Giants ineptitude

The teams wearing the blue-and-white uniforms have looked like imposters for the better part of a decade to the guys who once wore those colors most proudly.

Leonard Marshall was a Giants defensive end for 10 years and was an integral part of two Super Bowl champions, an anchor on a defense that included the likes of legendary linebackers Lawrence Taylor, Harry Carson and Carl Banks.

Ottis Anderson was a Giants running back for seven years and also played on two Super Bowl title teams, winning MVP honors for his performance in Super Bowl 25.

Joe Morris was Bill Parcells’ original workhorse running back, producing 35 rushing touchdowns in 31 games in 1985 and ’86 and helping lead Big Blue to its Super Bowl 21 title for the franchise’s first Lombardi Trophy.

Those three players, along with former running back Rodney Hampton, longtime head trainer and current head of medical services Ronnie Barnes as well as deceased former players Kyle Rote and Jimmy Patton will be inducted into the Giants’ Ring of Honor on Sept 26, when the Giants play host to the Cowboys.

Marshall, Anderson, Morris and Hampton were all invited to Tuesday’s practice by the team under the false premise that they were there to speak to the current players, and they were surprised on the field by Giants co-owner John Mara as he informed them they were part of the 2022 Ring of Honor class.

Giants Ring of Honor inductees (left to right) Joe Morris, O.J. Anderson, Rodney Hampton and Leonard Marshall during training camp.
Noah K. Murray

Marshall, Anderson and Morris all still make their homes in New Jersey and have been pained by the state of the franchise they once proudly led to much more success than it’s seen in too long.

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