New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning is a stone-cold killer in the final minutes of a football game. On the field of play, he'll rip out your heart Mortal Combat style and stomp on it for good measure. Off the field, however, he's not the most intimidating guy in the room. So if you needed backup -- oh, say in a bar fight -- these five Giants might be better choices to have your back.
Mark Herzlich (LB) -- Herzlich was diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer in 2009, but that didn't stop him from pursuing his NFL dream. The former Boston College Eagle wasn't beaten by aggressive chemotherapy and radiation treatments and eventually signed with the Giants as an unrestricted free agent in 2011. If cancer can't take him down, he must be one tough dude.
Bear Pascoe (TE) -- Mostly used as a blocking tight end, Pascoe doesn't have big numbers (22 career catches for 217 yards), but he's a big dude. The powerful Pascoe is listed at 6-5, 283 pounds and is durable, having played in 31 regular season games over the last two years. Besides, with a name like Bear, he must be tough.
Jason Pierre-Paul (DE) -- The mere sight of Pierre-Paul, who is listed at 6-5 and 270 pounds, may be enough to send most adversaries scurrying. However, if there was a confrontation, his freakish strength and athletic ability, which he used to register 16.5 sacks in 2012, would come in handy. With the right training Pierre-Paul wouldn't make an awesome UFC fighter, don't you think?
Ahmad Bradshaw (RB) -- Listed at 5-10, 214 pounds, Bradshaw is not the biggest guy on the Giants, but he is as tough as nails. The hard-nosed running back played the second half of last season with a cracked bone in his foot and still rushed for four touchdowns in the last three games of the season. Pound for pound, he may be the toughest player on the team.
David Diehl (G/T) -- For years, Diehl has protected Manning from the most ferocious pass-rushers in the league, from DeMarcus Ware to Brian Orakpo. Furthermore, the strong and sturdy Diehl (listed at 6-5, 300-plus pounds) hasn't missed a game in eight of his nine seasons with the Giants. If he's strong enough to protect The Franchise (a.k.a Manning), he can have my back, too.
Adam Martini is a freelance sports writer who proudly wears his Rodney Hampton jersey on Sundays during the football season. He grew up in Queens, N.Y. rooting for the Giants despite being surrounded by Jets fans. Adam follows back Giants fans on Twitter @PegCitySports.
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