Michael Strahan Elected to Hall of Fame with Single-Season Sack Record in Tact

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffFebruary 2, 2014

Jan 28, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Giants former defensive end Michael Strahan at a Fox Sports press conference at Empire East Ballroom at the Sheraton New York Times Square in advance of Super Bowl XLVIII. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday in his second year of eligibility. He was joined in the 2014 class by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Derrick Brooks, Seattle Seahawks offensive tackle Walter Jones, Buffalo Bills wide receiver Andre Reed, Arizona Cardinals cornerback Aeneas Williams, Oakland Raiders punter Ray Guy and Atlanta Falcons defensive end Claude Humphrey.

Strahan has the best name recognition in the 2014 class, as he spent his entire career in New York with the Giants, and he's carved out a very successful career in television since retiring from football. Strahan was a key member of the 2007 Giants team that upset the 18-0 Patriots in the Super Bowl, but the hulking former defensive end and current television personality is perhaps best remembered as the NFL's record holder for sacks in a single season.

Strahan dominated opposing offensive lineman in 2007, and after a 3.5-sack performance in Week 16, he entered a Week 17 matchup against the Packers needing just one sack to eclipse Mark Gastineau's record of 22. Strahan got the sack he needed in controversial fashion when Packers quarterback Brett Favre rolled out to the right and appeared to intentionally fall down in Strahan's vicinity. Regardless of how anyone feels about the record-breaking sack, there's little doubt that Strahan is one of the best defensive ends in recent memory. He retired with an impressive 141.5 career sacks, despite earning a reputation as an end who did more than just rush the passer.