Retired New York Giants legend and Pro Football Hall of Fame defensive end, Michael Strahan, is having a huge week.
First, it was announced that he will be a guest on Jeff Bezos’ next space endeavor — Blue Origin NS-19, set to lift off December 5. Second, this coming Sunday, he is scheduled to have his No. 92 jersey retired by the Giants during halftime of the Giants’ game against the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.
Strahan has the agency to poke fun at the NFL and the Giants these days. After all, he has become one of the most recognizable faces in American culture as a television host and all-around celebrity.
In a Zoom conference on Wednesday, Strahan joked about the jersey retirement.
“I mean, it’s huge. I guess it’s the ultimate honor that you can have from your team. After 15 seasons and being in a few Super Bowls with the Giants and all of that, it’s a huge honor,” Strahan told reporters. “I do go, ‘Well, what took you so long?’ But it is an honor.”
He may have a point. Strahan retired after the Giants’ Super Bowl XLII victory in February of 2008 and was inducted into the Giants’ Ring of Honor in 2010 and the Pro Football Hall of fame in 2014.
Former teammate Eli Manning retired after the 2019 season and had his number retired earlier this year. The fact that he received the honor ahead of Strahan may have been sitting in the sack champions craw. Either way, justice has been done.
Strahan did have this to say about the Eagles, the Giants’ opponent on Sunday.
“First of all, it doesn’t matter, they could retire my jersey — the Giants could do it in Philly. That wouldn’t bother me. I’m used to Eagles fans and it’s very fitting to have it done against the Eagles. But, if there are Eagles fans there booing, that’s what I want them to do because if they’re not booing, that means I wasn’t very good at my job,” Strahan said. “If any team knows, it’s the Eagles, that the most sacks I ever had out of any quarterback of any team, is there’s. So, if they boo it’s an honor for me that they’re booing. I’ll take it as that. I always loved playing the Philadelphia Eagles. They were always good for a few sacks a game.”