Michael Strahan: After A Long Decision...I'm Done!

John LewisSenior Writer IJune 9, 2008

According to reports, New York Giants great Michael Strahan has decided to go out on top and retire from the NFL.  Strahan won a Super Bowl ring last season when the underdog Giants shocked the nation by beating the undefeated New England Patriots.

Arguably the games best defensive end the league has ever seen, Strahan ends his career with a Championship ring, 868 tackles and 141.5 sacks.  The former second round pick out of Texas Southern was also a six time all pro, seven time pro bowler, 2001 NFL defensive player of the year, and the single season record holder with 22.5 sacks.

His career sack total places him fifth on the all time list behind Bruce Smith, Reggie White, Kevin Greene and Chris Doleman.  He joins an even smaller list of three players to lead the NFL in sacks twice.

Amazing stats from a guy that wasn't heavily recruited coming out of high school, as he only lettered one year in football while attending Westbury Texas High School. 

Strahan also holds the Giants record for most sacks in the postseason and has at least a half of a sack against 64 different QB's.  This first ballot Hall-of-Famer also played in every game from 1996-2003 before injuring his pectoral muscle and has played in 216 regular season games, a Giants team record.

The NFL great will also be remembered for having a messy divorce where his ex-wife received $15 million.  However, when you look back at his career you see a tough hard nosed player that never took a play off.