When Michael Strahan set the NFL’s single-season sack record in 2001, he did it with an assist from Brett Favre, who essentially handed Strahan his record-breaking final sack of the season by rolling out and sliding down directly in front of him.
Eight years later, Favre is a Viking and Strahan is a broadcaster, and Favre and Strahan are the only ones still clinging to the illusion that Strahan earned the sack that took him from 21.5 — half a sack behind Mark Gastineau’s 1984 mark — to 22.5.
“No, Brett Favre did not lay down to give me a sack,” Strahan said on KHTK in Sacramento, per SportsRadioInterviews.com. “Doesn’t happen in the NFL man.”
If Favre and Strahan want to keep claiming that, well, fine. But they’ve got to be just about the only ones who believe it. Peter King said this week that he regrets originally taking Favre’s word for it that he didn’t take a dive.
Does anyone still believe that sack was legitimate?
Strahan is smart and funny on TV, but if he’s going to be an analyst, he should cut the charade and acknowledge what everyone who watches football can see: At the end of the 2001 season, Favre gave him a gift.