Players of the Month

Two Giants have been honored by the NFL for their outstanding performances in the month of November.

Running back Tiki Barber has been named the NFC Offensive Player of the Month, and tight end Jeremy Shockey has been named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month.

They are the first Giants to win player of the month awards since Michael Strahan was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Month in October of 2001.

Barber is the first Giants Offensive Player of the Month since David Meggett in October, 1994, and just the third Giant to receive the award since it was created in 1986. Phil Simms won the award in December of 1986.

"Obviously, I am happy for Tiki," Head Coach Jim Fassel said. "He is an outstanding player and he has done an great job for us. This last month, Tiki played outstanding. He has been, to our offense, the most valuable guy, as far as run and pass and his leadership. He is certainly deserving of the award."

Shockey is the first Giant to win the NFL Rookie of the Month Award since it was created in 1996.

Barber, a six-year veteran, rushed for 438 yards on 86 carries, a 5.1-yard average, and exceeded 100 yards three times in four November games, including a career-high 146 yards last week in Houston. He also caught 17 passes for another 126 yards.

During the month, Barber increased his career totals to 3,688 rushing yards and 3,005 receiving yards to join Frank Gifford as the only players in Giants history to have both 3,000 rushing yards and 3,000 receiving yards. Gifford had 3,609 rushing yards and 5,434 receiving yards. Barber finishes the month fifth in the Giants career rushing list, third in receptions (337) and fourth in total yards (8,420).

"Tiki is a great player," quarterback Kerry Collins said. "He is a threat on every play. He has been playing very well. He is very deserving. He's been able to make huge plays for us and has been a guy we have relied on, both running and throwing the ball."

Shockey, this year's first-round draft choice from the University of Miami, caught 20 passes for 214 yards in November. Thirteen of those 20 receptions gave the Giants a first down.

Shockey has 42 receptions this season and needs just seven catches in the final five games to set a franchise record for receptions by a rookie (48 by Bobby Johnson in 1984). Shockey is within striking distance of the Giants single-season record for receptions by a tight end (66 by Mark Bavaro in 1986).


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