A Great Giant Running Back : Rodney Hampton

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Published: July 10, 2009

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... was Dayne.  Before Ron Dayne there was Hampton.  I was always a huge fan of Rodney Hampton. 

Through out the 80’s fans flocked to the Meadowlands…sporting their favorite blue or white jersey.  One row after another, like Giant infantry, the names of Simms, Taylor, Bavaro, McConkey, or Morris were sewn or ironed on the back.  But wait a minute…this was 1990 and there was a new first round draft pick in the house!

Enter Rodney Hampton. 

That’s right…a new breed of back from Houston, Texas was making a home behind the quarterback.  No. 27 became the dawn of the new decade and was considered a big back for the Giants in those days.  Drafted at 215 pounds, Rodney played between 221 and 230 for his seven year career.  The 5’11" back was a giant compared to Billy Taylor, Joe Morris, and Dave Meggett.  Rodney, super...

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