It's hard to believe it's really been five years since defensive end Michael Strahan hung up his cleats and walked away from the game, but as nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013 were named on Thursday, it served as a stark reminder that time flies. Strahan was one of 13 first-year eligible modern-era candidates, and one of 16 nominees with ties to the New York Giants.
In 15 seasons with Big Blue (1993 – 2007), Strahan set several franchise records including most regular season games played (216) and sacks (141.5). In 2001, he also set the NFL record with 22.5 sacks, and was a member of the 2007 Super Bowl XLII championship team. Since his retirement, Strahan had a brief stint as an actor on the sitcom "Brothers", and currently serves as a co-host on both FOX NFL Sunday and “Live! with Kelly and Michael.”
In addition to Strahan, former running back Tiki Barber was also among the nominees for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2013. And despite falling out of favor with some Giants fans since his first retirement in 2006, Barber put up numbers worthy of consideration for the Hall including a franchise record 10,449 rushing yards. He also holds team records for attempts (2,217), longest touchdown run (95 yards), rushing yards in a single season (1,860), yards per game in a single season (116.3), most rushing yards in a single game (234) and many more.
Other nominees with ties to the New York Giants include quarterback Phil Simms, coaches Bill Parcells, Dan Reeves, Bill Arnsparger and Marty Schottenheimer, running backs Ottis Anderson, Herschel Walker and Brian Mitchell, tackle Lomas Brown, center Joe Fields, punter Sean Landeta, kicker Morten Anderson, cornerback Everson Walls, and former General Manager George Young.
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