2 Giants among Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2023 finalists

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The New York Giants have two finalists in the running for the 2022 Pro Football Hall of Fame class.

The Hall of Fame selection committee chooses between four to eight new members to join the greatest honor in football every year. Currently, the Giants have 18 members in the Hall of Fame which is tied for the third-most of any NFL franchise.

New York will now have the chance to raise that number this summer as Everson Walls and Dan Reeves were named finalists for this years class.

Walls, cornerback, played 13 seasons (1981-1993) in the NFL where he recorded 57 career interceptions. Throughout his career, he played for the Dallas Cowboys, Giants (where he won a Super Bowl), and the Cleveland Browns.

During his time with the Cowboys, Walls earned a PFWA All-Rookie Team honor, three First-Team All-Pro honors, four Pro Bowl trips, and an NFL record three seasons leading the league in interceptions.

This outstanding play combined with his help in the Giants’ second Super Bowl victory has cemented Walls as one of the better cornerbacks in NFL history.

Reeves was a player, assistant coach, and head coach in the NFL from 1965 to 2003. He sadly passed away in January of 2022 but is survived by his three children, six grandchildren, and his outstanding career in pro football.

Similar to Walls, Reeves began his career in the NFL with the Cowboys as a running back. There he set two franchise records at the time: most all-purpose touchdowns in a season (16), and most scrimmage touchdowns in a game (four).

After eight seasons in the NFL, Reeves retired to become an assistant coach for the Cowboys. He finished his playing career with 3,683 scrimmage yards, 40 touchdowns, and a Super Bowl VI championship.

Reeves spent time as an assistant coach for Dallas from 1972 to 1980 (while taking the 1973 season off) where he would also win another Super Bowl. He then went on to become the youngest head coach in the NFL in 1981 when he would take the position of vice president and head coach of the Denver Broncos. There he earned a record of 110-73-1 making six playoffs and two Super Bowl trips which earned him a nomination to the Broncos Ring of Fame.

Reeves would then go on to coach the Giants from 1993-1996 where he won Coach of the Year in 1993. He would finish his coaching stint with the Giants with a 31-33 record with one playoff appearance.

Reeves would finish out his NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons from 1997-2003 where he won the 1998 NFL Coach of the Year award and the 1999 George Halas Award while making two playoff appearances including one Super Bowl.

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