When the New York Giants selected Oregon guard Shane Lemieux in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft, they felt like they were returning to their championship days. The Giants were known for finding tough linemen in the middle and late rounds who turned into solid pros.
Lemieux is said to have reminded Giants scouts of Rich Seubert, who spent 10 seasons with the Giants (2001–10) as an undrafted free agent from Western Illinois. Seubert played defense and a little bit in the center and brought bad things to the trenches.
NFL Network analyst and former NFL offensive lineman Brian Baldinger said that Lemieux reminds him of another former Giants guard, Billy Ard.
Ard was drafted in the fifth round in 1981 by Wake Forest, played eight seasons with the Giants, and was a starter on the 1986 Super Bowl XXI Championship team.
Ard was a regular member of a group that the head coach referred to as “The Suburbs”. While many professional players drove to practice in flashy, expensive sports cars, the Giants offensive line traveled in family cars with car seats and coffee cup holders.
Baldinger found Ard on Twitter and sent him the following message:
Ard didn’t answer, despite Baldinger and the others talking to him. Also, the point here is that Lemieux reminds a lot of people of the dominant offensive lines of the past, which – after all these losing seasons – is a blessing.
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