New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan jersey will never be worn again. The Giants retired Strahan’s jersey number, 92, during halftime of the Philadelphia Eagles game. They hosted the Eagles this past Sunday and won the game on the final drive, 13-6.
Strahan played all 15 years of his career with the Giants and won a Super Bowl in his final season before entering the television realm. He is currently the franchise’s all-time leader in sacks, 141.5. Strahan also holds the NFL’s single-season sack record, 22.5, and was a four-time first-team All-Pro, per ESPN.
“I never dreamed of this,” Strahan said. “I’m just so thankful to be here.”
“To be here today doesn’t mean my journey is over. It just means my journey in the uniform is complete. I want to thank [the fans] for taking a 15-year journey with me. I love you, New York Giants fans,” he continued.
Strahan’s football career has officially come to an end. He previously was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and Giant’s Ring of Honor. Strahan has managed to keep himself busy outside of the game of football He hosts ABC’s “Good Morning America” and Fox’s “NFL Sunday’. Not to mention, from all his accolades and accomplishments he’s set to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year, per sources.
Details of Michael Strahan’s Ceremony
This all has come full circle for the Hall of Famer, who was drafted 28 years ago out of Texas Southern. He was the 13th number in Giant history to be retired, however, he was even surprised they retired his jersey. Due to the fact, no player has worn his jersey number since 2007. He asks jokingly, “What took so long?” when asked earlier in the week about the retirement.
Michael Strahan was accompanied on stage with his family, former Giants linebacker Jessie Armstead, ex-head coach Tom Coughlin, and owners John Mara and Steve Tisch. Oddly enough, both owners were booed continually when brought up by Strahan. This seems to be a pattern that keeps recurring. In the retirement of Eli Manning’s jersey, when they were mentioned they also were booed.
“To be honest with you, when you get a guy being honored like that, you don’t want to go out there and lay an egg,” current Giants coach Joe Judge said. “Let’s be honest with it; you never want to do that, but you don’t want to go out there, Michael Strahan is being honored — the great player he was and what he did for this team — you don’t want to go out there and lay an egg. Especially defensively.”