Few players in Giants history were as dependable and productive as Strahan. He seldom missed a practice and played in a franchise-record 216 regular season games. Beginning in 1996, he played in 136 consecutive games before tearing his pectoral muscle midway through the 2004 season. Strahan was selected to seven Pro Bowls, was named the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was the Giants' Most Valuable Player that year and in 1998. He was a captain on the 2007 Super Bowl championship team. His 141.5 sacks are the highest official total in team history (Taylor had 142.0 but 9.5 as a rookie in 1981, the year before sacks became an official statistic) and the fifth-highest total in NFL history. He set the league's single-season sack record with 22.5 in 2001 and his NFL-best 18.5 sacks in 2003 made him the Giants' only two-time league leader in that category. Strahan's 868 tackles indicates he was also an excellent defender against the run. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
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