Ranking The Best Local Athletes In History By Jersey/Uniform Number: 79-70

By Daniel Friedman
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Continuing with our rankings of the best local athletes by uniform number, we present Nos. 79 to 70.

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79. Rosey Brown, Giants

Hall of Fame offensive lineman was a nine-time Pro Bowler and helped the Giants win the NFL championship in 1956.

Honorable mention: Marvin Powell, Jets

78. Barry Bennett, Jets

Often an understudy for the famous “New York Sack Exchange,” Bennett made the most of his playing time.

Honorable mention: Greg Bishop, Giants

77. Pierre Turgeon, Islanders

This was a close call, but Turgeon produced more offense and was better as an Islander than Phil Esposito was as a Ranger.

Pierre Turgeon returns to the ice as the New York Islanders celebrate their 1992-1993 team prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 29, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Pierre Turgeon returns to the ice as the New York Islanders celebrate their 1992-1993 team prior to the game against the San Jose Sharks Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Oct. 29, 2011. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Honorable mention: Phil Esposito, Rangers

76. Chris Snee, Giants

Giants’ guard was a major part of two Super Bowl winners and went to the Pro Bowl four times.

Chris Snee during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Chris Snee during Super Bowl XLVI at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 5, 2012. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Honorable mention: Rosey Grier, Giants

75. Winston Hill, Jets

Offensive tackle protected Joe Namath’s blind side for years, including during the Jets’ 1968 championship season. A four-time All-Star in the AFL and four-time Pro Bowler, he has (somehow) yet to be elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Honorable mention: George Martin, Giants

74. Nick Mangold, Jets

Arguably the best center in football since he entered the league in 2006, Mangold has been to five Pro Bowls and continues to be a dominant presence on that Jet offensive line.

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. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Honorable mention: Abdul Salaam, Jets

73. Joe Klecko, Jets

A Pro Bowler at three different positions and member of the “New York Sack Exchange,” he was a remarkable defensive talent — something the Pro Football Hall of Fame has somehow yet to acknowledge.

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

(Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

Honorable mention: John Washington, Giants

72. Osi Umenyiora, Giants

Outside linebacker helped the Giants win a pair of Super Bowls as an exceptional pass rusher. He led the NFC in sacks in 2005, and also holds the franchise records for most sacks in a single game (6).

Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants reacts after a tackle against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Jan. 1, 2012. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Osi Umenyiora of the New York Giants reacts after a tackle against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on Jan. 1, 2012. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)

Honorable mention: Chris Ward, Jets

71. Mike Rupp, Rangers/Devils/Islanders (sort of)

Drafted by the Islanders but never played for them, he wound up with the Devils and scored the Stanley Cup-winning goal in 2003. He’s known for his physical play, but he’s come through in the clutch multiple times, which is more than other No. 71’s who’ve played in the NY/NJ metro area can say.

Honorable mention: Kerry Jenkins, Jets

70. Sam Huff, Giants

Hall of Fame linebacker was one of the best of his era. Won a Super Bowl with Big Blue in 1956, went to five Pro Bowls. Marshall is a close second, but Huff gets the nod.

Honorable mention: Leonard Marshall, Giants

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