Former Giants Defensive End Michael Strahan was voted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. NY1's Budd Mishkin takes a look back at his career.
Michael Strahan could not have written the script any better. To be elected into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and to have the announcement made in New York.
He will go down as one of the greatest Giants defensive players of all time, on a franchise that has known its share of great defensive players.
Strahan has been in the public eye for so long that it might cloud the fact that he had an unusual football journey.
Growing up and playing football on an army base in Mannheim, Germany.
Then he played a little bit of high school football in Texas before attending Texas Southern University. The Giants drafted Strahan in 1993.
By 1997, he was a consistent All Pro, and an integral part of every Giants team he played on, including the 2007 Super Bowl team.
Strahan would go into the record books, setting the record for most sacks in a single season in 2001 with the infamous sack of Packers quarterback Brett Favre.
Once he retired, the only question was when he would get into the Hall of Fame.
He spoke about it earlier in the week.
"It is kinda like in college when I was playing, and wanted to be an All-American and wanted to be All-Pro, wanted to be everything. Then I realized once I got the trophy, it didn't mean nothing until I gave it to mom, and I gave it to my dad. And that's what this is, this is about my family, this is about my kids, this is about my teammates, this is about my coaches, this is about the people who helped me get to this point in my life, it's not about me because none of us do anything by ourselves and some people may seem to think that they do and if they do, they’re an idiot,” Strahan said.
Strahan did not appear with the other new Hall of Famers at a post announcement press conference.
The Hall of Fame said Strahan had a prior commitment.
In a written statement, Strahan said he was, "excited to have made it and to join the other members of the Hall of Fame."
For Giants fans who watched Strahan for 15 seasons, his play on the field had already spoken volumes.