Michael Strahan honored that the Giants withdraw his jersey this Sunday against the Eagles
Most retired players yearn for one last chance to hear the cheering fans.
Michael Strahan is bracing for a different reception when the Giants retire his number 92 shirt on Sunday.
Due to the miserable condition of the current squad and an opponent who resides just over an hour from the Jersey toll freeway, MetLife Stadium is expected to be teeming with Eagles fans this weekend. And Eagles fans have never been kind to Strahan.
But Strahan said it didn’t matter if he was booed during his halftime ceremony. In fact, he said, it would be a fitting honor.
“The Giants could take my shirt off in Philly and I wouldn’t mind,” he said on a conference call Wednesday. “I’m used to Eagles fans. It’s very fitting that this is done against the Eagles. But if there are any Eagles fans booing, that’s what I want them to do. don’t boo, that means I wasn’t very good at my job. If a team knows I was, it’s the Eagles. Most sacks I’ve had from any quarterback -back of any team is theirs, so if they boo it’s an honor.
“I’ve always enjoyed playing against the Philadelphia Eagles,” he added. “They were always good for a few sacks a game.”
Strahan said he was surprised it took the Giants so long to retire his number (at least ceremoniously since no player has received it since his retirement after the 2007 season, so he’s been unofficially retired since. ).
“I honestly would have expected this a long time ago,” he said. “I have been in the [Pro Football] Hall of Fame for seven years now and everything I did there with the Giants I would have expected a little sooner. But it’s still an honor. Things happen when they’re supposed to happen, not when you want them to happen sometimes. This is how I see it. I don’t want to sound ungrateful and I’m not honored because I really am. But I probably would have expected it to come a little sooner than it did, yes. “
Strahan said he made a conscious decision to distance himself from the current squad, but met players such as Daniel Jones and Sterling Shepard for off-season golf outings and insisted he was available to the current generation of gamers if they needed anything.
But above all, he is a fan of the Giants. Which, lately, means he’s not a happy Giants fan.
“Do I watch every game like I’m still playing and being the Giants’ biggest fan? Absolutely,” he said. “Am I frustrated like all the other fans? Absolutely. Do I look at him and think I could sometimes get up off my couch and go play and help the team? Absolutely.”
He lamented the defeats that have occurred over the past decade.
“We have to find a way to get back to where we were, to be competitive,” he said. “I just want the team to understand that they’re not far away. They really aren’t far away. But at the same time, when you lose, don’t look around and blame anyone. Don’t wait for someone. ‘one to save you. Because no one in this league pities you when you lose. No one is going to come and save you. You have to go to work and save yourself. “
If Strahan is the only one booed at MetLife Stadium on Sunday, that would be a step in that direction.