Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan is a finalist for the Pro Football Hall of Fame for the second straight year. A year ago, Strahan was one of ten finalists but missed the cut in being in the final five.
Will the second time be a charm for Strahan? It darn well should be.
Strahan is widely regarded as one of the best defensive ends to ever play in the NFL and his numbers back up that claim. Strahan retired as a seven-time Pro Bowler and a four-time All-Pro. He recorded 141.5 sacks in his career, which puts him at fifth on the all-time list.
Strahan was also a model of consistency at rushing the passer. He recorded double-digit sacks in a single season six times. His total of 22.5 sacks in 2001 still ranks as the most anyone has ever had in a single season. That same season, Strahan was honored as the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year.
Also, don’t forget Strahan won the Super Bowl with the Giants in 2007, which was his last season in the league. He did everything you could’ve asked for as a defensive player and now it is time for him to receive the ultimate honor an individual player can receive.
The Hall of Fame inductees for the 2014 class will be announced on Feb. 1 in New York. That is the day before the Super Bowl is held in New Jersey and for a player like Strahan, who spent his entire 15-year career with the Giants, being honored in New York seems like a fitting ending.