Hall of Fame profile - Michael Strahan

Michael Strahan wasn't the first player to dominate a game as a pass rusher, but he was one of the best. His 141.5 career sacks is fifth all-time. He was also part of a championship team whose strength was clearly the defensive line and its ability to generate a pass rush from it. The 2007 Giants rekindled the thought that a team built around its defensive line can win a title in an offensive-happy league ... it's just not so easy to find a player like Strahan to anchor the line.
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1994

Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants looks on from the sidelines during their game against the Arizona Cardinals at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

1995

Defensive lineman Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants in action on the field as he swarms over quarterback Gale Gilbert #13 of the San Diego Chargers after knocking him to the ground during a pass play in the Giants 27-17 loss to the

1996

New England Patriots' Drew Bledsoe is rushed by Michael Strahan in the third quarter during game vs. New York Giants at Giants Stadium. (Photo by Mike Albans/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

1997

New York Giants Michael Strahan on Dec. 7, 1997 at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia. Mandatory Credit: John Dunn/Sporting News/Icon SMI

1998

John Elway #7 of the Denver Broncos is sacked by Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford , New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Broncos 21-16. Mandatory Credit: Al Bello /Allsport

1999

Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants celebrates on the field during the game against the Dallas Cowboys at the Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Cowboys 16-13. Mandatory Credit: Ezra O. Shaw /Allsport

2000

New York Giants' Michael Strahan gives a cheer after his team's 9-7 victory over the Washington Redskins at Landover, Md. (Photo by Corey Sipkin/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

2000

New York Giants' defensive end Michael Strahan is ready to put on his helmet and go to work at practice session in Giants Stadium. (Photo by Howard Earl Simmons/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

2001

Model Devon Aoki is up in arms, and the arms belong to New York Giants' football player Michael Strahan at Muscle Team 2001, a gala and auction benefitting the Muscular Dystrophy Association at Chelsea Piers. (Photo by Richard Corkery/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

2002

Michael Stahan #92 of the New York Giants sacks Shane Matthews #6 of the Washington Redskins ending their chance to come back and win in the 4th quarter during the NFL game at Giants Stadium on November 17, 2002 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants defeated the Redskins 19-17. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

2003

Nick Lachey and Michael Strahan of the New York Giants (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage)

2003

Defensive end Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants sacks quarterback Patrick Ramsey #11 of the Washington Redskins on September 21, 2003 at FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland. The Giants defeated the Redskins 24-21 in overtime. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

2004

Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants tackles Jeff Garcia #5 of the Cleveland Browns at Giants Stadium on September 26, 2004 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

2005

Defensive lineman Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants was consoled by head coach Bill Parcells of the Dallas Cowboys on October 16, 2005 at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas.The Cowboys defeated the Giants 16-13 in overtime. (Photo by Doug Benc/Getty Images)

2005

New York Giants defensive end # 92 Michael Strahan celebrates after sacking Redskins quarterback # 8 Mark Brunell during Washington Redskins vs. New York Giants game on Sunday October 30, 2005 at Giants Stadium final score New York Giants 36 Redskins 0 (Photo by Tom Berg/Getty Images)

2005

Quarterback, Trent Green #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs is tackled by defensive end Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants in the fourth quarter of the game at Giants Stadium on December 17, 2005 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Giants won the game 27-17. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

2006

Warren Sapp and Michael Strahan during Michael Strahan and New York Law Firm Dreier LLP Hold a Chartiy Event with Jon Bon Jovi at Tao - July 9, 2006 at Tao in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Johnny Nunez/WireImage)

2006

New York Giants Michael Strahan sacks Dallas Cowboys quarterback Drew Bledsoe in the first quarter at Texas Stadium in Irving, Texas, Monday, October 23, 2006. (Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/MCT)

2006

New York Giants' Michael Strahan, left, reacts to roughing up quarterback Bruce Gradkowski of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, October 29, 2006, at Giants Stadium in New Jersey. The Giants 17-3. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

2007

Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants celebrates in the second quarter after becoming the Giants all time sack leader against the Philadelphia Eagles at Giants Stadium on September 30, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

2007

Tarvaris Jackson #7 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by Michael Strahan #92 of the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on November 25, 2007 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

2008

Quarterback Eli Manning #10 of the New York Giants celebrates with Michael Strahan #92 after winning the NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers on January 20, 2008 at Lambeau Field in Green Bay, Wisconsin. The Giants defeated the Packers 23-20 in overtime to advance to the Superbowl XLII. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

2008

New England Patriots Tom Brady is sacked by Michael Strahan during Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3, 2008 in Glendale, AZ. (Bob Leverone/Sporting News)

2008

New York Giants' defensive end Michael Strahan exults as he's interviewed by Terry Bradshaw after the Giants pulled off an upset victory beating the New England Patriots, 17-14, in Super Bowl XLII at the University of Phoenix Stadium. (Photo by Michael Appleton/NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)

2008

Michael Strahan addresses the media at a Press Conference where he announced his retirement from the New York Giants at Giants Stadium on June 10, 2008 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Andy Marlin/Getty Images)