Most people were shocked when retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan was snubbed and failed to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Others weren't. Retired linebacker and Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor was one of the former.
“I don’t understand what the criteria is. How Michael isn’t a first-ballot guy is perplexing to me. He was one hell of a player, a complete player," Taylor told the New York Post. "Why are the guys with the pencils the ones determining this stuff? Let retired players and coaches vote. We played the game, we’re the ones who know who was a baller and who wasn’t."
There was a silver lining, Taylor said. As bad as he felt for Strahan failing to make the cut, he was thrilled for his former coach, Bill Parcells, who was inducted in his second year of eligibility.
“I feel as bad for Michael as I did for Bill [last year] having to wait. Just really happy Bill finally got in, it was his time," Taylor added.
Strahan has gone on record as saying his snub is nothing more than a "delayed blessing," but humility and respect for the game have always been his strong suit. The truth is, Strahan had a stellar NFL career and should have been a first-ballot Hall of Famer. As such, his omission isn't just perplexing to LT, but to most true football fans the world over.
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