The New York Giants will be retiring the jersey of their Hall of Fame defensive end, Michael Strahan, when they host the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday, November 28th at MetLife Stadium.
In 216 games (205 starts), all of which was with the Giants, Strahan registered 141.5 sacks, just 0.5 sacks shy of Lawrence Taylor's franchise record. His 24 forced fumbles also ranks second in Giants history, behind Osi Umenyiora's 32, while Strahan's 131 tackles for loss is 43 more than anyone else to play for the Giants (Justin Tuck is second with 88).
Strahan finished his career with 854 total tackles (663 solo), 141.5 sacks, 24 forced fumbles, 15 fumble recoveries, 131 tackles for loss, 23 passes defended, four interceptions and three total defensive touchdowns.
His 22.5 sacks in the 2001 season currently stands as the most sacks in a single-season in NFL history.
In attendance for Sunday's game will be Strahan's family, friends and several Giants Legends to celebrate Strahan's 15-year career, which included a 2007 Super Bowl XLII championship, four first team All-Pro selections, 7 Pro Bowl selections and the NFL AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2001.
The Giants will have two of Strahan's biggest fans, who lost their father in Hurricane Ida, ring the Giants Pride Bell prior to kickoff and will host a special halftime jersey retirement ceremony that will include Michael Strahan and Giants Legends.
All fans in attendance will receive a unique jersey-shaped towel, presented by Grayscale, with Strahan's name, number, and the date commemorating the jersey retirement ceremony.
Michael Strahan to receive 'ultimate honor' with jersey retirement
During a 15-year Hall of Fame career spent entirely with the Giants, Michael Strahan was a sack specialist, premier run defender, team captain, seven-time Pro Bowler, NFL Defensive Player of the Year and a Super Bowl champion.
He was also arguably the most persistent tormentor the Philadelphia Eagles have ever had.
Strahan played more regular-season games – 28 – against the Eagles than any other team. His 21.5 sacks were his highest total against any opponent, and his 12.5 sacks of longtime Philadelphia quarterback Donovan McNabb were the most he had of one player. On Oct. 31, 1999, Strahan intercepted a pass in overtime and returned it 44 yards for a game-winning touchdown – in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium (the quarterback was Doug Pederson). Strahan played just one postseason game vs. the Eagles, a 2000 NFC divisional playoff. Naturally, he twice sacked McNabb and forced a fumble the Giants recovered.
Given all that, it's perfectly logical that when the Giants retire Strahan's No. 92 jersey on Sunday, the Eagles will be the opponents. But that also means thousands of notoriously vocal Philly fans will invade MetLife Stadium, joining the cheering for Strahan with a chorus of boos.
But that doesn't concern the honoree, who would not choose another opponent to invite into the house on this big day.
"First of all, it doesn't matter, they could retire my jersey – the Giants could do it in Philly," Strahan said on a conference call today. "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. If any team knows, it's the Eagles, that the most sacks I ever had out of any quarterback of any team, is theirs. 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."
Strahan's 92 will be the 13th Giants number removed from circulation and the second this season; on Sept. 26, Eli Manning's No. 10 was retired the same day he was inducted into the franchise's Ring of Honor.
"It's huge," Strahan said. "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. I do go, 'Well, what took you so long?' But it is an honor."
View photos of Hall of Famer Michael Strahan through the years ahead of his jersey retirement ceremony Sunday.
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