The Giants all-time sack leader called it a career today and will leave football as a world champion after 15 great seasons as part of the G-Men.
According to ESPN.com, Strahan said, “It was important that my teammates knew which way I was going before they got on the field to start the work to defend our title. It’s time. I’m done.”
Strahan nearly retired before last season after holding out during training camp, but returned to the team in time to go on to win Super XLII against the undefeated New England Patriots.
Over a decade and a half in the league, Strahan accumulated 141.5 sacks and will be a serious first ballot candidate for the Hall of Fame when he is eligible in five years.
The seven-time Pro Bowler and one-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2001) would have made $4 million this season with incentives from sacks of up to $1 million in bonus money.