Strahan wonders why the Giants took so long to retire from the 92 . shirt
East Rutherford, New Jersey Michael Strahan is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame looking forward to seeing his retired New York Giants No. 92 jersey, wondering why it took so long.
Strahan, who was not shy, on Wednesday criticized the team’s ownership for delaying his retirement. crushing fans of the rival Philadelphia Eagles; He added that he is as frustrated as any Giants fan with the team’s struggles over the past decade.
Strahan, 50, made his comments on the Zoom call arranged by the Giants, who plan to retire with his number at the end of the first half of Sunday’s game against the Eagles.
Now a television personality, Strahan played 15 seasons as a defensive line for the Giants. He retired after the team defeated the previously undefeated New England Patriots to win the Super Bowl in February 2008. He finished the game with 141 1/2 sacks, fifth of all time when he left the game.
Strahan was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2014.
“All the things I’ve done with the Giants, I was expecting it to be a little sooner, but it’s still an honour,” Strahan said of Sunday’s event at MetLife Stadium. “Things come at the time they’re supposed to come and not at the time you want them to come, sometimes. That’s the way I look at them. I don’t want it to sound like I’m ungrateful or dishonorable, because I really am.” I probably expected it to come a little sooner than it did.”
It is fitting that the ceremony takes place in a match against the Eagles. Strahan had 21 1/2 sacks against Philadelphia, his most against any team.
The Eagles (5-6) are currently playing better than the Giants (3-7), so Strahan knows there will be a number of Philadelphia fans at his party, probably booing him. He wouldn’t have it any other way.
“So if they booed, I’m honored that they booed,” Strahan said. “I’ll take it this way. I’ve always loved playing the Philadelphia Eagles. They were always good for a few sacks a game.”
Strahan attends as many Giants matches as possible, but said he distanced himself from the team shortly after his retirement when a player referred to him as one of the captains. He noted that once he was gone, it was up to the current players in charge, not him.
The Giants have fought in the playoffs only once, in 2016, since winning their fourth championship in February 2012. They have lost four seasons in a row and a fifth is a distinct possibility.
“Do I watch every game as if I am still playing and the biggest fan of the Giants? Do I feel as frustrated as any other fan out there?” said Strahan. Absolutely. Do I look at it and think I can get off the couch sometimes and go play and help the team? Absolutely.”
Strahan said he is golfing with quarterback Daniel Jones and future Sterling Shepherd over the summer. He also said he would help any current giant who asked for his advice.
Looking at his career, Strahan said winning Super Bowl 17-14 was the highlight. He added that he could have played another season if the Giants lost the match.
Strahan learned early on that the things he said could quickly become headlines. As a beginner, he said he wanted to get 10 bags. It was tabloid news the next day. He finished 4 1/2 in a season in which he missed four games due to a foot injury. He’s learned – and he’s never talked about the goals of the season again.
Working as a co-host with “Good Morning America,” Strahan said his experiences as a player with reporters helped him develop his interviewing skills and taught him to be a good listener. It also taught him to respect the industry.
“The only thing I learned (in) journalism,” he said, “is my job is to report the news, not to report the news.”
Strahan had some advice for the current giants.
“Don’t wait for someone to save you because no one feels sorry for you in this league when you lose,” he said. “No one will come to save you. You just have to go to work and save yourself. This will be my message to them.”
Strahan’s football career has not only helped him appear on television. It will go to space in two weeks aboard a Blue Origin flight operated by the company headed by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Strahan will join Laura Shepherd Churchley, the eldest daughter of the late astronaut Alan Shepard, and four paying customers on December 9 for the 10-minute mission.
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