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5 Reasons Why Michael Strahan Deserves To Be in the 2014 NFL Hall of Fame Class

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Why Michael Strahan is a Hall of Famer

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On Saturday night, the NFL announced this year's Pro Football Hall of Fame class. Along with Derrick Brooks, Andre Reed, Walter Jones, Aeneas Williams, Ray Guy and Claude Humphrey, former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan was elected the Hall of Fame.

Strahan was drafted No. 40 overall in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft. Of the four defensive ends taken before him, just one played more than 100 games before calling it quits. It’s safe to say that the Giants sure lucked out taking him the second round. Strahan joins New Orleans Saints tackle Willie Roaf as the only two Hall of Famers from that draft class.

He then carried the sack-master torch previously held by Lawrence Taylor and became the NFL’s most feared defensive end. Whenever an opposing quarterback came to the line of scrimmage against the Giants’ defense, they made sure they knew where he was lining up.

In 2008, the Giants defeated the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. The Giants came from behind and scored 14 points in the fourth quarter to win the game while Strahan recorded three total tackles including one sack.

If you’re looking for a Hall of Fame resume then look no further than Strahan. As we’ll go into later in this slideshow, he’s got everything you look for in a Hall of Famer.

On the following fslides you’ll find five reasons why Michael Strahan will be finding his rightful home in Canton, Ohio. There’s no question that he deserves to be in the Hall of Fame, and it’s about time he got his due.

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5. Awards

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Michael Strahan finished his career one of the most decorated sack-masters of all time. He was named to seven Pro Bowls and was a first team All Pro four times. Strahan was also named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame First Team All-2000s team. His decorated career doesn’t just end there, either.

Strahan was also a two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year and was the AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001. He has also been inducted in the New York Giants' Ring of Honor and was ranked 99th on NFL Network’s Top 100 Greatest Players of All Time.

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4. Stats

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Strahan finished his 15-year career with 141.5 sacks and 667 total tackles. He forced 24 fumbles, recovered 15 of them and picked off four passes. He finished with three defensive touchdowns.

In 2001, Strahan put his name atop the NFL single season sack record list when he recorded 22.5 sacks. The closest anyone has ever come to breaking his record was Jared Allen back in 2011 with 22 sacks.

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3. Attitude

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The tenacity and attitude that Strahan took to the football field each and every week was rarely matched. It’s no coincidence that Strahan’s name gets talked about along with Deacon Jones and Lawrence Taylor as some of the greatest to ever rush the quarterback.

Off the field, Strahan carries a positive vibe that is contagious. His gap-toothed smile lights up a room.

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2. Domination

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Strahan was a terror along the line of scrimmage that instilled fear into the hearts of quarterbacks for all 15 of his seasons. He finished in the top-three in sacks four times including leading the league in 2001 and 2003. His 141.5 ranks him fifth all-time. Whenever quarterbacks came to the line of scrimmage, they made sure that kept tabs on where Strahan was.

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1. Life After Football

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The Pro Football Hall of Fame isn’t just a collection of the greatest players of all time; it’s also a collection of the best men to ever suit up and play the game. Character-wise, Strahan has earned his way into the Hall of Fame. He’s been very active in speaking for charities and other causes.

One of the cooler things that Strahan has been a part of took place in his very own home. In the early 2000s, Strahan had his century-old home refurbished and then turned it into a charity operation. People came in and redecorated his home, and then people were allowed to tour his mansion for a month. All proceeds from the event went right to charity.