Is Michael Strahan On His Way Back to New York?

Stephen AnglissAnalyst IAugust 24, 2008

We've all seen the Favre saga. We wept when he retired and jeered when he came back. We had our summer drama, and it looked like it was finally over.

Well hold on to your seats because it looks like there's a second installment coming in the "Return of the Legend" series, and this time it just might be Michael Strahan.

Yes, Michael Strahan returning to the Giants is a possibility. The pieces to the puzzle are coming together, and the end result just might be another retired legend playing in the Meadowlands this year.

After all, there's no way on earth that Michael isn't thinking about getting "just one more" Super Bowl ring. It's a known fact that coaches who win Super Bowls return again from retirement; why would Michael Strahan be an exception?

Besides, now could be the perfect time to make his entrance, or "re-entrance" as you might say. I'm sure by now you have all heard of Osi Umenyiora's season-ending injury. 

Umenyiora was expected to be the cornerstone for the defensive line with Strahan retiring, earning a season pass for the bench this year was not a part of the Giants' gameplan. So, with no defensive end to sack the league's two top quarterbacks in the NFC East, it looks like this town needs a hero, and he's probably a hero with a two-inch gap in his teeth.

So far, Michael Strahan has said very little about the ordeal, but the fact that he even mentioned returning is enough to make some like me turn their heads. "I haven't heard from anybody else, so to say if would or wouldn't is premature" is what we have heard from Strahan to this point.

As far as we know, he has not talked to anyone about returning, but as any little kid knows, a "maybe" is a whole lot better than a flat-out "no." It seemed like Strahan was getting ready for a cozy job as a sports announcer, something that Favre didn't have, so it's not like Strahan would be lazin' around the house all year like we all knew Favre would.

It could possibly turn out to be a race to see who can give Michael Strahan the better deal, the Giants or the sports network. Right now, Strahan returning is only a hope among Giant fans, but if there is one thing that Brett Favre has taught us this summer, it's that anything is possible, and this time when we hear about Strahan's possible return we can at least say, "Well, it's happened before." 

The Giants haven't said they didn't want Strahan back, but when your plan B gets a torn MCL, can you blame them? Who knows, Brett Favre might be playing with the Packers again if it was Aaron Rodgers with the season-ending injury.