Former New York Giants coach Bill Parcells received a well-earned induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan, the NFL's all-time single-season sack leader, should have joined him on the Hall of Fame stage Saturday in Canton. It's a wrong the Hall of Fame Committee needs to right when it comes time to vote on the Hall of Fame Class of 2014.
Flabbergasted is a good way to describe how I felt when Strahan was left out of the Hall of Fame Class of 2013. No offense to Cris Carter, Dave Robinson or Curley Culp, but they were not better NFL players than Strahan, who compiled 141.5 career sacks and was named to seven Pro Bowls.
Here is part of what I wrote about Strahan's snub a year ago:
Whatever happened to the best players get elected? Period. Shouldn't that be the criteria? I don't care how many years he waited for selection, and I'm not trying to offend him, but Cris Carter was not a better NFL player than Strahan. Not close. To put him in mostly because he's waited a long time and bypass Strahan is a travesty of justice. Sapp was not a better player than Strahan, either. You can't put everyone in, of course. I get that, but if Sapp is a Hall of Famer so is Strahan.
We know Sapp, the big-mouthed former Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive tackle, has enjoyed tweaking Strahan since he got in and the former Giants superstar did not. He better enjoy having the upper hand on Strahan, because in terms of the Hall of Fame it seems unlikely to last long.
Sports Illustrated's Chris Burke reports that early polling shows Strahan to be a virtual lock for election to the Hall in 2014. Let's hope Burke is right.