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Michael Strahan wonders why the Giants took so long to pull back his numbers: ‘Expect it a little sooner’

Since he left the field as a champion in Super Bowl XLII and after retiring, number 92 on New York Giants has been dedicated to Pro Football Hall of Fame defense and franchise legend Michael Strahan. But somehow, nearly 15 years have passed, but the number of Strahan is not officially removed from the rotation and put into the MetLife stadium team for good.

That changes on Sunday, when the Giants will officially retire Strahan’s No. 92 at halftime of their Week 12 match against Philadelphia Eagles. It’s an honor that Strahan, the Giants’ all-time leader in the sack, I look forward to. But all the same, he has openly wondered why the Giants took so long for them to officially retire him.

Here is what Strahan said, via Associated Press:

“I’ll be honest with you, I honestly looked forward to that a long time ago. I’ve been in the NFL Hall of Fame for seven years now. All the things I’ve done with the Giants. I was expecting a little earlier, but it’s still an honor. Things come when they’re meant to, not when you sometimes want them to. That’s how I’m doing. admit it. don’t want it to look like I’m ungrateful or that I’m disrespected by it, because I really am. I probably would have expected it to have come a little earlier, yeah.”

While the Giants have never officially retired Strahan’s shirt number to date, it has effectively and unlimitedly retired players since he retired at the end of the 2007 season. Defensive formation Leonard Williams revealed last week that he wanted the number 92 when he joined the Giants, but chose the number 99 after his request was rejected by the team.

The Giants can certainly use Strahan’s “stomping” energy against the Eagles. They entered the game against one of their most hated opponents 3-7 and out a brief week saw them fire offensive coordinator Jason Garrett after a humiliating attack. prior to Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Although the Giants won their last games against Philadelphia, the Eagles have spent the past decade tormenting Big Blue with 12 wins in their last 14 encounters. . Things were different in Strahan’s era, when he avidly became the Eagleslayer – 21.5 of Strahan’s 141.5 career bags went to Philadelphia, more than any other team in NFL.

“I’ve always loved playing the Philadelphia Eagles,” says Strahan. “They’re always good for a few sacks a game.”

Strahan will become the 14th player in Giants history to retire and the second this season. Earlier this year, the Giants quarterback retired Eli Manning’s Number 10 at halftime of their Week 3 match against Atlanta Falcons.

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