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Pro Football Hall of Fame: What Michael Strahan said about Tom Coughlin

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Strahan talked about Coughlin during his Hall of Fame speech on Saturday.

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Michael Strahan
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Every New York Giants fan knows about the tumultuous relationship between Hall of Famer Michael Strahan and head coach Tom Coughlin, one that eventually ended in a Super Bowl title and mutual admiration. One of the most interesting part of Strahan's acceptance speech on Saturday was what he said about Coughlin.

I think it's no secret that Tom Coughlin and I did not see eye to eye when he came to New York, but we finally realized we both had the same goal, and that was to win.  It wasn't about ego.  I want to say he taught me so many things about responsibility, accountability, how to be a better teammate, even though I thought I was a good teammate, but how to be a man, about how to be five minutes early to a meeting when the meeting starts at 8.  Just tell me 7:55; don't tell me it starts at 8:00.  That one I still don't get.  I ain't going to lie to you.  But you made me a better man, Coach Coughlin.  You gave me a lesson that transcends anything, that I'll carry with me well past my football career, and carry with me every day that I go forward now.  I love you and I thank you.  Thank you for trusting me to be a leader on your football team.

This is the thing about Coughlin. Aside from being a terrific football coach, everyone who gets close to him seems to feel like a better person for it.

I think it's no secret that Tom Coughlin and I did not see eye to eye when he came to New York, but we finally realized we both had the same goal, and that was to win.  It wasn't about ego.  I want to say he taught me so many things about responsibility, accountability, how to be a better teammate, even though I thought I was a good teammate, but how to be a man, about how to be five minutes early to a meeting when the meeting starts at 8.  Just tell me 7:55; don't tell me it starts at 8:00.  That one I still don't get.  I ain't going to lie to you.  But you made me a better man, Coach Coughlin.  You gave me a lesson that transcends anything, that I'll carry with me well past my football career, and carry with me every day that I go forward now.  I love you and I thank you.  Thank you for trusting me to be a leader on your football team.  - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=312&tab=Speech#sthash.hmY7WwGa.dpuf
I think it's no secret that Tom Coughlin and I did not see eye to eye when he came to New York, but we finally realized we both had the same goal, and that was to win.  It wasn't about ego.  I want to say he taught me so many things about responsibility, accountability, how to be a better teammate, even though I thought I was a good teammate, but how to be a man, about how to be five minutes early to a meeting when the meeting starts at 8.  Just tell me 7:55; don't tell me it starts at 8:00.  That one I still don't get.  I ain't going to lie to you.  But you made me a better man, Coach Coughlin.  You gave me a lesson that transcends anything, that I'll carry with me well past my football career, and carry with me every day that I go forward now.  I love you and I thank you.  Thank you for trusting me to be a leader on your football team.  - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=312&tab=Speech#sthash.hmY7WwGa.dpuf
I think it's no secret that Tom Coughlin and I did not see eye to eye when he came to New York, but we finally realized we both had the same goal, and that was to win.  It wasn't about ego.  I want to say he taught me so many things about responsibility, accountability, how to be a better teammate, even though I thought I was a good teammate, but how to be a man, about how to be five minutes early to a meeting when the meeting starts at 8.  Just tell me 7:55; don't tell me it starts at 8:00.  That one I still don't get.  I ain't going to lie to you.  But you made me a better man, Coach Coughlin.  You gave me a lesson that transcends anything, that I'll carry with me well past my football career, and carry with me every day that I go forward now.  I love you and I thank you.  Thank you for trusting me to be a leader on your football team.  - See more at: http://www.profootballhof.com/hof/member.aspx?PlayerId=312&tab=Speech#sthash.hmY7WwGa.dpuf