The Giants all-time sack leader and the man with the record for most in a season takes his place in the Hall of Fame on August 2nd.
Michael Strahan, the Giants’ franchise leader in sacks and team leader for years, was one of the best pass rushers of all-time – even managing to break legendary LB Lawrence Taylor’s franchise record for sacks en route to an upset Superbowl win in 2007.
Accomplishments: Single-season record for sacks (22.5), selected to 2000s All-Decade team, 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, 7 Pro Bowls, 6 All-Pro selections, won Superbowl XLII with Giants in 2007.
Why He Is Deserving: Strahan was perhaps the most productive pass rusher in the last quarter century. Strahan broke the record for sacks in a single season by recording 22.5 in 2001, winning Defensive Player of the Year honors in the process. He led the league in sacks twice and retired as the NFL’s 5th leading sacker. He remained a leader – physically and verbally – helping the Giants to an upset Superbowl win over the 18-0 Patriots in 2007.
Most Incredible Season: 2001. The year Strahan set the new benchmark for sacks – albeit controversially due to QB Brett Favre sliding into him for the last one – and was named Defensive Player of the Year.