EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. – On Monday night, Michael Strahan heard the raucous cheers of the Giants fans one more time as he received his Pro Football Hall of Fame ring. The 2014 inductee was joined by fellow Giants Hall of Famers Frank Gifford, Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor in a ceremony at halftime of the Giants game against the Indianapolis Colts.
In addition, 35 of Strahan's former teammates formed a gauntlet for him as he ran from the tunnel to a stage set up in the center of the field in MetLife Stadium. The group included Jessie Armstead, Jason Sehorn, Chris Snee and Amani Toomer.
Strahan hopped up the steps and bowed in all four directions as the crowd screamed. He then received his ring from David Baker, the president and chief executive of the Hall of Fame.
"All I'm going to say is there is no me without everybody lining this way being a part of it, without all of the guys who couldn't make it that were a part of the teams I was a part of from '93 to 2007," Strahan said. "With these guys who are up here with me to lead the way, to inspire me to come out here every day, practice and in every game to be the absolute best I can be. And the reason for that and the reason we did it is because we did it for the most important people who come in this stadium every Sunday and that is you, the fans."
Each fan entering the stadium received a while towels with word STRAHAN, a 92 (his uniform number) and the phrase, "Once a Giant, Always a Giant."
The Giants honor DE Michael Strahan during halftime and present him with his HOF ring
Strahan asked the fans to use their towels as props to help work themselves into a frenzy.
"I know you have your rally towels, right?" he said. "Everybody put their towel up. If you've got a towel, put your towel up. Don't wave it yet, don't wave it yet. Hold your towel. You know how we do stuff. We don't just stomp you out from the beginning, we don't wave the towel from the beginning, you've got to be signaled to do it. All I'm going to say is - I know you want to wave it for me and my number, but that means nothing. Waive those towels for every player who's ever put on this uniform, for every fan who's ever rooted for this team because we are the New York Giants."
Strahan then exited the stage to another loud ovation.