Giant Great Choosing to Go Out on a High Note
Michael Strahan, the colorful, Hall-of-Fame bound defensive end of the New York Football Giants has told several sources that he will not be joining his teammates to defend the Vince Lombardi Trophy this fall.
He has decided to retire from the game of football.
Strahan, 36, was the Giants' top selection (40th overall) in the 1993 NFL Draft out of Texas Southern, and he was the leader of the Giants' defense for 15 seasons. His final game was perhaps his most memorable—Super Bowl XLII—where he led an inspired group of young teammates to an improbable win over the undefeated New England Patriots.
Strahan played his last game as he had always played—all-out and with class. He ended up finishing with 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 sack, 2 QB hurries, 4 QB hits, and a pass defensed. He sacked Tom Brady for a six-yard loss in the third quarter, tackled RB Laurence Maroney for a two-yard loss in the second quarter and batted away a Brady pass in the third quarter.
Strahan holds many of the Giants' defensive records, including most sacks (141.5), and also played the most games of any player in a Giants uniform (216).
In addition, Strahan is a seven-time Pro-Bowler, holds the NFL single-season record for sacks (22.5 in 2001), and is only the third player in Giants history to play 15 seasons for the club. Mel Hein and Phil Simms are the others.
Strahan leaves the Giants on a high note—with a well-earned championship ring on his finger, but he does not leave the team short-handed at defensive end.
The club still has Pro-Bowler Osi Umenyiora, Justin Tuck, Mathias Kiwanuka, Renaldo Wynn, and rookie Robert Henderson.
published from blogNYG.com