In light of the Green Bay Packers announcement that they will retire the jersey number of all-time great Brett Favre, and this man’s own Pro Football Hall of Fame induction this past weekend, is there any question Michael Strahan’s number should be retired by the New York Giants? It’s overdue.
The legendary pass rusher retired following the Giants’ victory in Super Bowl XLII over the then-undefeated New England Patriots, capping off an illustrious NFL career that included 141.5 sacks (fifth most all-time), seven Pro Bowls and the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award for his record-setting 22.5-sack campaign. Not too shabby, and with his Hall of Fame induction now in the books, this season is a better time than ever for Big Blue to give No. 92 the proper honor.
The Giants’ history in retiring numbers is a bit sketchy. They’ve only retired four numbers since 1972 (Frank Gifford, Joe Morrison, Lawrence Taylor and Phil Simms), but of those included, Hall of Fame linebacker Harry Carson (53) is left off the list.
While their decision to pass on retiring Carson’s number is questionable, it’s hard to imagine the Giants organization does not have some plan in place to eventually retire Strahan’s number. Strahan is a significant figure in the franchise’s history and one of the most popular players to ever put on a Giants uniform.
If I was a betting man, I’d say Strahan will get the honor soon, if not sometime this season. A Sunday night meeting with the Dallas Cowboys in Week 12 to make it happen.