It has been recently reported that former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is among the finalists to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio, and isn’t it a long time coming? It’s been six years after his retirement from the NFL, and Strahan was one of the best pass rushers in not just Giants’ history, but the league as a whole. His numbers certainly speak for themselves.
With a grand total of 851 combined tackles, 141.5 sacks, 22 forced fumbles, four interceptions and five touchdowns, Strahan certainly has the credentials to have his name retired in Canton in 2014. Strahan is also a seven-time Pro Bowler, four-time First Team All-Pro, two-time Second Team All-Pro, Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and a Super Bowl Champion.
Defensive dnd is arguably the most crucial position on a defensive unit as their job is to create pressure on the quarterback to force him to make throws that aren’t there. Without a quality end, the opposing passing game would tear the defense apart all game long.
Strahan was also arguably one of the most important players on the 2007 championship Giants team due to his leadership ability and his stellar performance that season that helped propel Big Blue into the incredible Super Bowl that ended with a victory over the then 17-0 New England Patriots.
It’s nice to see a player of the likes of Strahan in talks of a place in Canton as it seems that we haven’t seen a Giant inducted in a long time. If there is a member of Big Blue being inducted in the Hall in the 21st century, then there isn’t a better candidate for it than Strahan. If he doesn’t make it this year, he’ll get there eventually down the road. Congratulations to the great career of Strahan in New York.