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Michael Strahan wants to know what took the Giants so long to retire his number

Michael Strahan nearly flew to outer space on a rocket ship before the Giants retired their number. Took so long

“I go, ‘Okay, what took you so long? Strahan, 50, said in a conference call on Wednesday. “But it’s an honor.”

Strahan’s star has risen to such a meteoric rise on television that she was invited to be a guest passenger on billionaire Jeff Bezos’ next 10-minute Blue Origin flight into outer space on December 9.

Hall of Fame pass Rusher’s number 92 jersey will be retired on Sunday when the Giants host the Philadelphia Eagles at MetLife Stadium.

But Strahan clarified that he thinks the ceremony is overdue.

The ‘Good Morning America’ host said, “I’ll be honest with you, I honestly would have expected this a long time ago.” “I’ve been in the NFL Hall of Fame for seven years. Whatever I did with the Giants, I would have expected to be a little quicker, but it’s still an honor.

“I don’t want it to feel like I’m ungrateful or that I’m not honored because I really am,” he said. “I probably would have expected it to happen sooner, yes.”

It’s certainly an interesting way for Strahan to handle his jersey retirement by saying, ‘It’s time now!’ by announcing.

10 jerseys from the Giants retired shortly after his career ended, however, before Strahan retired, it is somewhat understandable why Pass Rusher would be confused.

Strahan’s number 92 will be the 13th Giants number removed from circulation. He held the NFL single-season record with 22.5 sacks in 2001, when he was the NFL’s Defensive Player of the Year. He and three-time winner Lawrence Taylor are the only veterans to have won the award.

Strahan seems self-conscious enough to understand just how much winning Super Bowl XLII before retirement means to his post-football career.

,I know for sure that if we don’t win that Super Bowl, my life is different,” he said. “I don’t think I’m going to sit here and fool you and go, ‘No, I’m still going to live the same life.’ No, winning that Super Bowl, especially the fashion in which we did it, against a team that we did with that record, certainly put me in a different light to a lot of people – who had a Incredible life led.”

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Strahan and Manning are both examples of how a championship winning championship in New York can turn athletes into another stratosphere of good fortune.

Manning’s 2021 calendar year has been outrageous. He is hired by the Giants’ marketing department, hired by ESPN to host the Monday Night Football broadcast, and his number was retired by both Ole Miss and The Giants.

Strahan’s stardom seemingly knows no bounds. For crying out loud, the once flamboyant, loudmouth pass rusher is heading into outer space. So who has better 2021: Manning or Strahan?

,I’ve never thought about it that way,” Strahan said. “I see it as Allie’s life being Ellie and I living my own. I don’t see it to be honest with you. I am happy for Ellie and everything that happens to her, just as I am happy for myself and everything that happens to me.

Strahan, a second-round draft pick from Texas Southern in 1993, is one of only four Giants to play at least 15 seasons for the team. He added that he would have considered playing a 16th season if the Giants had not won the title in 2007.

“But I’m glad we did, because I was ready to retire,” he said.

“I’m smart enough to understand that playing in New York is special for an athlete,” he said. “It puts you in a different light with so many people and it puts you in the national spotlight, which certainly adds to your legacy.”

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