New York Giants: 30 greatest players in franchise history

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Michael Strahan, New York Giants
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Michael Strahan. 9. player. 31. . Defensive End. 1993-07

Did you expect Michael Strahan to be higher on this list? It’s a reasonable thought, and one that you could probably make a case for. I mean, he did break the single-season sack record (22.5), right? Well, unfortunately, it’s not all about records when it comes to lists of all-time greats.

Yes, Strahan was a monster for the New York defense. Proving to be one of the best pass rushers of his era, he routinely made life miserable for opposing passers. That’s shown not only by the single-season sack record, but also by the 141.5 sacks he racked up throughout his 15 years in the NFL — all with the Giants.

Because of his dominance on the edge, Strahan earned seven Pro Bowl selections, six All-Pro honors and was named the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year.

Oh, and then there’s the role he played during the Giants’ victory during Super Bowl XLII, which he also deserves a sizable chunk of credit for, despite that being his final season in the league.

Strahan will live on as one of the greatest Giants to ever grace the gridiron. With that said, his legacy doesn’t quite live up to the final few players who finished ahead of him on this list.