In a ceremony to honor his great past, Michael Strahan promised the Giants a better future.
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The Giants retired Strahan’s No. 92 during halftime of a 13-7 win over the Eagles on Sunday, more than 5,000 days after he wrapped up his Hall of Fame career in Super Bowl XLII, upset with the undefeated Patriots.
When Strahan took part in his five-minute address to the crowd at MetLife Stadium when he thanked the Giants’ ownership, fans responded with a light boo aimed at John Mara and Steve Tisch sitting on stage. The towel-waving crowd was mostly Giants supporters, allaying concerns that Eagles fans might invade the stadium and ruin the moment.
“Let me say this: Every team has its ups and downs,” Strahan said as the booing interrupted and the cheering resumed. “But the New York Giants won the Super Bowl. There are teams that never have. Appreciate what you’ve got. We’ll return! We’ll rise again! I guarantee you that!”
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Strahan, flexing his muscles and wearing the number 92 jersey, including Eli Manning, ran out of the tunnel with a line of former teammates. The Giants retired Manning’s No. 10 on September 26, and when Mara made his two-time Super Bowl MVP debut, he was foul-mouthed, so the Giants this time took the emcee from Bob Papa to Strahan’s speech. Turned to
Former teammate Jesse Armstead and coach Tom Coughlin unveiled a framed number 92 jersey, which has not been issued since Strahan’s retirement after the 2007 season. Strahan was part of the 2010 inaugural class, which was awarded below the top deck at the stadium, but he admitted this week that he expects his jersey to be retired soon.
“Being here today doesn’t mean my journey is over,” Strahan said. “It only means that my journey in uniform is complete. I want to thank you for your journey of 15 years. I love you, New York Giants fans. ,
Strahan recounts how his career spanned three eras – from playing as a rookie with Lawrence Taylor, to his heyday with Armstead and the 2000 NFC Champion, to Justin Tuck and Ossie Umenora, to the legacy of great pass-rushers. to hand over. Armstead was the only former player in the number 64 jersey with Strahan’s name behind it, which raised questions.
“That was the number they gave me, and here in New York after I was in the newspaper for the first time, I looked at the picture and said, ‘That’s an ugly number,'” Strahan said. “So, I went to the locker room and found number 92.”
In retirement, Strahan is busier than ever, with entertainment as the gold standard for athletes crossing into stardom, whether it’s hosting various game shows or morning television shows over the years. That’s a far cry from the captain who once battled rule-sticker Coughlin over things like being five minutes early for meetings.
“I want to thank all my teammates because I’m standing here, but I’m standing on your shoulders,” Strahan said. “You guys made me better as a player, you made me better as a leader, you better me as a man. Coach Coughlin, I can’t thank you enough. Totally my life Changed. I got here about five minutes late to urinate him.”