Based on fan voting, the BigBlueInteractive.com (BBI) “Giant of the Year” award is given to the Giants’ player, coach, or member of the front office who most contributed to the team’s success on the field in a given year. The vote is held at the end of each season by members of the BBI community and the award is presented at a ceremony on the practice fields during training camp.
The award carries a special significance as the trophy has been renamed to honor Hope Johnson, a beloved member of the BBI community and organizer of the “Giant of the Year” presentation, who died in 2009.
Previous winners include:
2012 – Running Back Ahmad Bradshaw
(221 Carries for 1,015 Rushing Yards and 6 Touchdowns)
“I couldn’t give anything back but my passion for the game,” said Bradshaw at the ceremony. “The hard work and everything’s paid off to give me my accomplishments here today. Just the love for this game is what’s in me. Like I say, you guys don’t do anything but push me harder and push me to be even better and to work even harder for what I’ve done.”
2011 – Quarterback Eli Manning
(4,933 Passing Yards, 61% Completion Percentage, and 29 Touchdowns)
2010 – Offensive Lineman Rich Seubert
(Started 16 Games, 9 at Left Guard and and 7 at Center)
“Hope Johnson, I knew she was a true fan,” said Seubert at the ceremony. “You guys on BBI are Giants fans. I think the reason why I wake up in the morning, I practice hard, I like to play hard is because the fans actually truly appreciate New York Giants football. ”
“New York Giant football fans know what they’re talking about. I can’t lie, every once in awhile you go on BBI, you take a look at what the fans are saying about you personally, about your teammates. If it was good stuff, you felt good about yourself. If it was bad stuff, it made you work harder. I just think every player wants the fans to like him. You want to work hard. You want to be able to show your support to the fans for playing hard and all of that good stuff. We want to win. You guys want to win. New York Football Giants want to win football games.”
“You never play the game for work, you play the game because you love it. I’m honored to have it with Hope Johnson’s name on it. I knew she was a Giants fan and it’s going to go in a special place in my house.”
2009 – Wide Receiver Steve Smith
(107 Catches for 1,220 Yards and 7 Touchdowns)
“In our game, individual recognition is the result of teamwork,” said Smith in a statement released in April 2010. “I am humbled that BBI has chosen me as its Giant of the Year, but I wouldn’t even be a candidate if it weren’t for our entire offense, especially Eli. So I am thankful, and I am honored to be the first recipient after the award has been re-named in the memory of Hope, whose spirit and passion for the Giants embodied what being a Giants fan and being a member of BBI is all about. Hope was a great ambassador for the Giants, and it’s fitting this award should be in her name.”
2008 – Running Back Brandon Jacobs
(219 Carries for 1,089 Rushing Yards and 15 Touchdowns)
2007 – Wide Receiver Plaxico Burress
(70 Receptions for 1,025 Yards and 12 Touchdowns)
2006 – No Trophy Awarded.
2005 – Running Back Tiki Barber
(357 Carries for 1,860 Yards and 9 Touchdowns)
(54 Catches for 530 Yards and 2 Touchdowns)