On Nov. 28 at MetLife Stadium the New York Giants will make official what they have made obvious eve since he retired after the 2007 season — no Giant will ever again wear Michael Strahan’s No. 92 jersey.
Appropriately, the Giants will be hosting the Philadelphia Eagles on the day they retire Strahan’s jersey.
“Michael Strahan was one of the greatest players in franchise history,” said John Mara, the Giants president and chief executive officer. “He deserves to have his number retired as other Giants immortals have, including Mel Hein, Frank Gifford and Lawrence Taylor.
“Michael’s career was defined by his achievements, his consistency and his leadership. Very few defensive ends played the position as well as Michael. He was a tremendous run defender as well as a great pass rusher. And he realized a goal every player aspires to, but few achieve, winning a Super Bowl in his final game. We are grateful for all his contributions and are happy to officially say no Giants player will ever wear No. 92 again.”
Strahan was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
Strahan was a captain on the Giants’ 2007 Super Bowl XLII championship team, a four-time first-team All-Pro, a seven-time Pro Bowler and the NFL AP Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 when he set the league’s single-season record with 22.5 sacks, a mark that still stands. He was a charter member of the Giants’ Ring of honor.
Strahan’s jersey will be one of two retired by the Giants this season. On Sept. 26, Eli Manning will be inducted into the Ring of Honor and his No. 10 will be permanently removed from circulation when the Giants host the Atlanta Falcons.
The two retirements will increase to 12 the jersey numbers that will never again be worn by Giants players. The others are No. 1 (Ray Flaherty), 4 (Tuffy Leemans), 7 (Mel Hein), 11 (Phil Simms), 14 (Ward Cuff and Y.A. Tittle), 16 (Frank Gifford), 32 (Al Blozis), 40 (Joe Morrison), 42 (Charlie Conerly), 50 (Ken Strong) and 56 (Lawrence Taylor).
Strahan played for the Giants from 1993-2007. He joins Manning, Simms and Hein as the only players in franchise history to wear a Giants uniform for at least 15 seasons. Strahan’s 216 regular-season games played are second in Giants history to Manning’s 236.