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Strahan wants his gap-toothed smile on his Hall of Fame bust

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Michael Strahan’s recognizable smile will live forever in football history.

Strahan said on Jimmy Kimmel Live that he has one request when they’re molding his face for a bust in the Pro Football Hall of Fame: He wants his signature gap-toothed smile to be on display.

“You go in and they measure your head,” Strahan said. “I have to meet with the guy, because I think I want mine to be smiling.”

Most Hall of Famers keep their mouths closed when they’re fitted for their busts, which Strahan says is because they think they look tougher when they’re not smiling. Strahan said that when he was young he used to scowl for the purpose of looking tough, but after a few years in the NFL he came to think that an open-mouthed grin is actually a more intimidating look.

“When you’re a young football player you always try to look tough and mean,” Strahan said.

Strahan could be tough and mean when he had to be on the football field, but in his Hall of Fame bust, he’ll look more like the nice guy of morning television, with a big grin on his face.

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32 Responses to “Strahan wants his gap-toothed smile on his Hall of Fame bust”
  1. goraidersgospurs says: Feb 28, 2014 6:53 PM

    Originality! !!

  2. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Feb 28, 2014 6:53 PM

    I like it. The man seems to be smiling all the time.

  3. footballfan84 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:01 PM

    Anything else would be absurd.

  4. thestrategyexpert says: Feb 28, 2014 7:03 PM

    Yeah I agree with him, the guys that act tough are probably just insecure about their own toughness which is why they have to try and embellish their gestures. That’s how you know somebody is weak at heart. Those players are easy to beat and take advantage of. But I guess Strahan already figured that out.

  5. nfl4days says: Feb 28, 2014 7:03 PM

    You can argue on the field, but there is no question that off the field strahan is a much more successful man that Sapp will ever be. He’s also a much better analyst.

  6. warhawk137 says: Feb 28, 2014 7:12 PM

    It just wouldn’t look right if Michael Strahan’s bust wasn’t smiling.

  7. goodluckking says: Feb 28, 2014 7:23 PM

    Definitely a must. The guy is an icon. And I am not a Giant fan.

  8. qdog112 says: Feb 28, 2014 8:01 PM

    One word: ORTHODONTIS

  9. whysomanylosers says: Feb 28, 2014 8:23 PM

    The ole “sack leader” can put his smiling bust next to Favre’s… laughing all the way to the HOF.

    Will Kelly give his induction speech?

  10. dodohead418 says: Feb 28, 2014 8:25 PM

    And this is why we love Strahan. Take notes, Sapp.

  11. cougar69rt03 says: Feb 28, 2014 8:34 PM

    the guy doesn’t belong in the hall and his record is cheapened by the dive farve took

  12. thestillcity says: Feb 28, 2014 8:40 PM

    Funny, I want Charles Haley’s face on your Hall of Fame bust.

  13. campcouch says: Feb 28, 2014 10:12 PM

    Better than cornrows

  14. mhohmann says: Feb 28, 2014 10:36 PM

    Why anyone would think this guy is undeserving of the HOF is beyond me. He was dominant in many ways and was a very good leader especially in 2007 when they won the Super Bowl.

  15. lemmetalkwouldya says: Feb 28, 2014 11:50 PM

    I’m sorry, did we already “crown” his a$$????

    Strahan was a damn good player. Was he “Hall of Fame” great?

    When I think of Lawrence Taylor, there’s no question, he’s a Hall of Famer. When I think of Michael Strahan, I think “he was a pretty good player”.

  16. 52lightsxout52 says: Mar 1, 2014 12:40 AM

    I think it’s great! Just like David Letterman, instead of running from it, he embraces it as part of his unique character.

  17. skins1976 says: Mar 1, 2014 12:50 AM

    That’s awesome! And I’m a Skins fan.

  18. footballhistorian says: Mar 1, 2014 1:29 AM

    He’s a far cry better character than that d-bag Sapp will EVER be – but neither of them should be in the hall of fame…they’re both personalities and not a lot more

  19. divan22 says: Mar 1, 2014 3:28 AM

    Gotta have the gap-toothed grin. I hated seeing i tas a Cowboys fan because it usually meant Aikman was under siege. Great DE and deserving HOFer.

  20. leevi98 says: Mar 1, 2014 3:47 AM

    I’m a Redskins fan which makes me an NFC East fan. Strahan… class act and great role model and damn good football player and leader. I enjoyed every minute watching my Skins play against such a great player. Congrats to him, the Giants and their fans for the HOF Induction.

  21. taylor69togataylor69toga says: Mar 1, 2014 6:50 AM

    why wouldn’t it be? only real question is will there be an asterisk next to it that says Green Bay laid down and gave it to him

  22. classyjacklambert says: Mar 1, 2014 8:11 AM

    Yeah I can’t imagine his or Hines Ward’s busts not smiling in Canton.

  23. deangelo23hall says: Mar 1, 2014 8:48 AM

    I wouldn’t want it any other way. Good guy and a great player.

    -Redskins fan

  24. axlviking says: Mar 1, 2014 9:02 AM

    In an age where it’s drilled into everyone, “Conform, conform, conform!,” Strahan’s pride in his “un-fixed” appearance makes me very happy. It’s too bad everyone can’t be perfectly comfortable in their own skin!

  25. ovaw8lova says: Mar 1, 2014 9:21 AM

    Every bit of pub Strahan gets I laugh at how Tiki was supposed to be him. Good Morning America, Fox Sports etc….I love it.

  26. newjerseygiants says: Mar 1, 2014 10:57 AM

    I like Strahan. He’s incredibly successful yet doesn’t come across like an egotistical elitist jerk like most others do.

  27. mylionsroaring says: Mar 1, 2014 11:11 AM

    Anything else would be uncivilized!!

  28. Wineshard says: Mar 1, 2014 11:38 AM

    Hines Ward’s bust will either have his grin or him balling.

  29. chinahand11 says: Mar 1, 2014 11:47 AM

    Strahan is the epitome of cool. Just a good guy.

  30. dontbugmeonsundays says: Mar 1, 2014 11:51 AM

    I remember Reggie White, Bruce Smith, and Derrick Thomas growing up, but not strahan as much as those guys. What I’m trying to say is where is all this hype coming from about strahan likes he’s a legend among legends. Like he somehow changed the game. He was good but people on here hype him like he’s on Mt. Rushmore.

  31. buckethead1 says: Mar 1, 2014 12:13 PM

    Plus he gets to do all of Kelly Ripas leftover coke..if there ever was any…

  32. ratsfoiledagain says: Mar 1, 2014 12:24 PM

    He should also ask if they can attach the middle finger to his bust stating “This is for you Sapp!”

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