North Carolina born Hakeem Nicks is one of the best wide receivers in the game, known for his superior route-running.
In his record-breaking college football career at North Carolina, he started all 36 games and led the team in receptions for each of his 3 seasons. Following his college career, Nicks was drafted by the Giants in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft. That year, he became the first Giants rookie to score touchdowns in four consecutive games since Bob Gaiters, who scored in five straight games in 1961. On the strength of that feat, Nicks was named the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Month. His 47 catches and 790 yards were both the 3rd-highest total in history by a Giants rookie.
In 2010, Nicks became the 10th player in Giants history with 1,000 receiving yards in a season. In 2011, Nicks had his second straight 1,000 + yard receiving season. He caught 76 passes for 1,192 yards (15.7 yards per catch average) and 7 touchdowns.
The Giants moved on to the playoffs in the 2011 season where Hakeem Nicks played an essential role throughout the entire postseason and placing the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. In the game between the New York Giants and New England Patriots, Nicks was the leading receiver for the game with 10 receptions for 109 yards to help secure a New York Giants victory.
In the 2012 season, Nicks played in 13 games with 11 starts and was named NFC Offensive Player of the Week for his performance vs Tampa Bay. With Eli Manning and Victor Cruz, he joined 3 Hall of Famers (Norm Van Brocklin, Elroy Hirsh, Tom Fears) as the only teammates in history with 500 passing yards and 2 receivers with at least 150 yards in the same game.
Nicks’ off-field efforts include philanthropic work throughout the New Jersey community, including the Community Food Bank of New Jersey and Giants activities benefitting Hackensack University Medical Center. Nicks has also served as spokesman for the Giants’ Annual Game Day Food Drive.