The Giants rookies have been given their jersey numbers for the 2020 NFL season, and while most of them have no meaning, fifth-round pick Shane Lemieux's number is an ode to one of the best to ever play... in the NHL.
Coming out of Oregon, Lemieux is the first player drafted to ever sport his last name in the NFL. So it was only right that the Giants gave him No. 66 to honor NHL Hall of Famer Mario Lemieux. The Pittsburgh Penguins legend is extremely famous for his No. 66 sweater while on the ice.
Other than Lemieux, first-round choice Andrew Thomas will be donning No. 78 to start off his career. There's no real history behind the number, with Greg Bishop having played tackle for the Giants as well from 1995-98. Also, second-round pick Xavier McKinney will be wearing No. 29.
The Giants will be hoping that third-round choice Matt Peart isn't on the same trajectory as the last man drafted who wore No. 74 in Ereck Flowers. The UConn and Bronx product is a Giants fan, so he's aware of what happened during Flowers' career with Big Blue.
Here's how the rest of the numbers shake out:
- Fourth-round pick CB Darnay Holmes: No. 30
- Sixth-round pick LB Cam Brown: No. 47
- Seventh-round pick LB Carter Coughlin: No. 49
- Seventh-round pick LB T.J. Brunson: No. 35
- Seventh-round pick CB Chris Williamson: No. 31
- Seventh-round pick LB Tae Crowder: No. 37
Also definitely worth noting, once the final roster is made, rookies are allowed to change their numbers depending on which ones open up with players getting cut. So these rookies that make the team might want to change theirs down the road.
Except you, Shane. You have to keep that...