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Michael Strahan: I’ll get in eventually

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The announcement of the 2013 Hall of Fame class was great news for seven men, but several others were left to wait at least one more year before they could schedule a fitting for a yellow blazer.

Former Giants defensive end Michael Strahan was one of those left without a ticket to Canton on Saturday. His credentials for enshrinement are very strong, leading some to call his omission from this year’s list a snub but Strahan was a bit more philosophical about it when he spoke to Bob Glauber of Newsday after the announcement.

“I’m honored to be in the top 10, and I look at it like I’ll get in eventually,” Strahan said. “I’m blessed. I have so many things going on right now, so this is just a delayed blessing. It’ll eventually happen. I don’t define myself by what I do, so if I don’t get in, I’m not going to yell, scream and pout. It wasn’t meant to be.”

Strahan also pointed out that getting elected to the Hall next year would allow him to celebrate the honor at a Super Bowl in the stadium that’s a few hundred yards from his old stomping grounds in East Rutherford, New Jersey. That would make for a nice setting, although we’re reminded every year not to start inducting someone until the votes have actually been counted.

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14 Responses to “Michael Strahan: I’ll get in eventually”
  1. jpb12 says: Feb 3, 2013 11:14 AM

    Charles Haley has been waiting longer. Deserves to get in.

  2. mhohmann says: Feb 3, 2013 11:14 AM

    Strahan deserved to be in before Sapp.

  3. mfb73 says: Feb 3, 2013 11:14 AM

    Strahan > sapp

  4. flavordave says: Feb 3, 2013 11:20 AM

    eventually he will….wait for it…..close the gap!

  5. csilojohnson says: Feb 3, 2013 11:50 AM

    He will get in next year as long as NFL Network doesn’t hire anymore ex players. They get first dibs on enshrinement. Good for buisness….

  6. noring4youstill says: Feb 3, 2013 11:52 AM

    Maybe Favre will hop the door open?

  7. thegregwitul says: Feb 3, 2013 12:01 PM

    A lot of Sapp haters on this site. Heck, a lot of Sapp haters all over, due to the way Sapp treated people off the field and his weekly bloviating on television, I’m sure. He’s not a likable guy, even in Tampa there exists a healthy percentage of people who don’t care for Sapp. Maybe it’s because he blew them off when they came across him for an autograph or maybe they saw him acting a fool in the local club. So many possible reasons.

    Having said that; you don’t know football if you feel Strahan should be in before Sapp, because in his prime, Sapp was the best defensive player in the game and he redefined his position. The HOF got it right this time, and Strahan will make in in next season, when the Super Bowl is played in New York, which will make for a nice celebration for Michael and his fans. Strahan is a classy guy and he wi be enshrined next year with another class act; Derrick Brooks.

  8. scoops1 says: Feb 3, 2013 12:16 PM

    let him wait til 2016….when Favre gets inducted in.

  9. stiffmcgriff says: Feb 3, 2013 12:18 PM

    Sapp deserved the call to the Hall.

    He redefined how to play the 3 technique.

    All his sacks came from the interior line.

    Strahan got all his from the edge of the line.

    Sapp also had a higher quality of competitors to face.
    Being in the NFC North with Chicago, Detroit, Green Bay, and Minnesota. Then the division switch to the NFC South facing Atlanta, Carolina, and New Orleans.

    Sapp > Strahan

  10. kev86 says: Feb 3, 2013 12:25 PM

    Strahan got robbed. Both the football and baseball hall of fames have become real turn offs. Make him wait? Why? So dumb.

  11. jackm79 says: Feb 3, 2013 12:56 PM

    Limiting the number of players that can get in in a year is ridiculous. All ten finalists are Hall of Famers. They will all eventually be in. Why should they be delayed because of an old by law?? You’re either a Hall of Famer or you’re not. Not getting in because only 5 are allowed is absurd.

  12. footballchic777 says: Feb 3, 2013 2:13 PM

    Class act! You should have been in there Strahan, but am glad to see you handle it like a gentleman!

  13. genericcommenter says: Feb 3, 2013 2:20 PM

    Dude is smiling all the way to the bank, and will get in eventually.

  14. jsab99 says: Feb 5, 2013 6:16 AM

    stiffmcgriff-Sapp had tougher competition? Sapp played most of his career in the NFC south, not the NFC north. Then with Oakland in the AFC west.

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