Michael Strahan’s number. 92 will officially be retired by the New York Giants on Sunday when the team takes on the Philadelphia Eagles. Strahan looks forward to the event, but has one question for Giants. Talking to the Associated PressStrahan was puzzled this week by the Giants’ inability to retire his number.
“All of the things that I did with the Giants, I would have expected it a little bit sooner, but it’s still an honor,” Strahan, a standout defensive end, said. “Things come in the time in which they’re meant to come and not at the time in which you want them to come, sometimes. That’s the way I’m looking at it. I don’t want it to look as if I’m ungrateful or I’m not honored by it, because I truly am. I probably would’ve expected it to come a little bit sooner than it did.”
Strahan, a co-host on Good Morning AmericaAfter helping the Giants win Super Bowl 2007, he retired from the NFL. He was credited with 141.5 career sacks. In 2001, he also held the NFL record for most sacks in a single game (22.5 in 2001). He is the sixth-best player in all-time sacks and a member on the 2000s All-Decade Team. Despite the many accomplishments Strahan made in his NFL career, Strahan wasn’t a first-ballot Hall of Famer. In 2013, he was not eligible to vote in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he was able to the next year.
Strahan also spoke with the Associated PressYou can still be a Giants supporter. “Do I watch every game as if I am still playing and the biggest fan of the Giants? Absolutely,”Strahan stated. “Do I get frustrated like every other fan out there? Absolutely. Do I look at it and think that I could get off my couch sometimes and go play and help the team? Absolutely.”
Strahan’s number retirement ceremony comes on the heels of the Giants retiring Eli Manning’s number earlier in the season. Manning was the Giants’ Super Bowl winner and retired from the NFL in 2019.