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Michael Strahan

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Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan walked away as the Giants’ career sacks leader with 141½. (Mike Derer/The Associated Press)

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Michael Strahan

Born: November 21, 1971 in Houston, Texas

College: Texas Southern

NFL Draft: 1993, Round 2, 40th pick overall by the Giants

NFL Teams: Giants (1993-2007)

Career Statistics: 851 Tackles, 141.5 sacks, 16 passes defended, 4 interceptions, 24 forced fumbles, 15 fumble recoveries, 3 touchdowns

NFL Awards/Honors: 7 time Pro-Bowler (1997-1999, 2001-2003, 2005), 4 time First Team All-Pro (1997, 1998, 2001, 2003), 2 time Second Team All-Pro (2002, 2005), NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2001), NFL 2000s All Decade Team, NFL Record for sacks in a season (22.5, 2001), New York Giants Ring of Honor, Pro Football Hall of Fame (2014)

Spin: Strahan followed in his uncle’s footsteps and played at Texas Southern University, a Division I-AA school, where in his junior and senior season recorded 14.5 and 19 sacks and garnered some national attention. In his first four years in the NFL, his season high in sacks was only 7.5, and his next highest total was 5. However, in 1997 he recorded 14 sacks and in 1998 he recorded 15. In 2001, he set the NFL single season record for sacks by taking down Brett Favre in a game at Lambeau Field, a record which still stands today. On October 23rd, 2006, he sacked Drew Bledsoe in a Monday Night Football game against the Cowboys to give him is 132.5 career sack, which tied him with Lawrence Taylor for most in Giants history. Two weeks later, he suffered a season ending injury and it was thought that he’d retire. He came back for the 2007 season, in which he recorded 9 sacks, breaking LT’s franchise record in sacks. More importantly, he terrorized Tom Brady all night long in Super Bowl XLII and gave the Giants their first Super Bowl since 1990. From there, he rode off into the sunset.