Michael Strahan’s Positive Attitude Was Just as Important as His Ferocious Pass-Rush Moves: ‘He Made Everyone Around Him Play Better’
Michael Strahan is one of the greatest defensive ends ever to play the game of football. Spending the entirety of his 15-year career with the New York Giants, the 6-foot-5 lineman made a name for himself as one of the most ferocious pass-rushers in the NFL.
The Houston native racked up an eye-popping total of 141.5 sacks during his Giants career and helped guide the team to a Super Bowl victory over the New England Patriots in 2007. Strahan wasn’t around for their second SB win over NE a few years later, but he played an unforgettable role on the 2007 team.
While Strahan was most known during his NFL days as a man capable of doing some serious damage to the opposing quarterback, it was his positive attitude and fun-loving personality that ended up sticking with people post-retirement.
Michael Strahan’s positive attitude helped inspire the rest of the New York Giants locker room
During a Pro Football Hall of Fame blurb on Strahan and his career, HOF voter John Clayton had the following to say about Strahan:
“What Strahan did goes beyond the numbers. He made everyone around him play better,” said Clayton. “His personality kept the locker room loose and kept the minds of his defensive teammates into the game.”
As important as Strahan’s physical production was come Sundays, his ability to step up as a leader for the Giants played just as important of a role when it came time for New York to compete for a Super Bowl in ’07. Specifically, strong leadership and a positive attitude are a must against the Patriots — a team that has a certain level of intimidation factor to them.
The 2017 Philadelphia Eagles are another great example of this type of positivity oozing its way into all levels of an organization. They were major underdogs going up against New England in Super Bowl 52, yet they found a way to rise to the occasion and get the job done.
Plenty of similarities can be drawn between a team like that and how Strahan led the Giants during their own respective championship-winning season.
The Hall of Famer’s personality has paved way for a career in televison
Post-retirement, it’s become even more apparent that Strahan has some elite-level charisma.
Upon hanging up the cleats for good in 2008, Strahan found a career after football in television. Appearing on programs like “Fox NFL,” “Live,” “Good Morning America,” and others, Strahan is a natural on camera.
One can only assume that this type of confidence and public speaking ability is what Clayton is referring to when detailing how Strahan made his teammates better.
Michael Strahan’s statistics are still jaw-dropping
As important as Strahan’s leadership was to the Giants, that shouldn’t take away from what he did on the football field.
Strahan led the NFL in sacks twice, TFLs three times, and forced fumbles once. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowler, a four-time All-Pro, a former Defensive Player of the Year (2001), and a Hall of Fame All-2000s Team member.
A Hall of Fame career on the football field, in the locker room, and now on the TV.
All stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference.