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.