Michael Strahan is officially a Hall of Famer. The former Giants defensive end, who was one of the more feared pass rushers of the past decade, was enshrined in Canton, Ohio, as one of seven members in the class of 2014.
A class with many deserving honorees, including Ray Guy, Andre Reed, Aeneas Williams, Claude Humphrey, and Derrick Brooks; Strahan's speech was both funny, poignant and well worth the wait. At 11:00 p.m. he was the last person to speak on Hall of Fame night.
He nicely recaped his football journey that took from an army base in Germany when he was a child, to Houston, where he joined his uncle to learn football, and finally the NFL. The entire Giants team was on hand for the honor, since they were in the Hall of Fame Game on Sunday. Tom Coughlin and Eli Manning were among distinguished current Giants who worked with Strahan in 2007, when Big Blue won it all.
Other guests included former Giants coach Jim Fassell; former defensive coordinator John Fox; and former Giants such as Lawrence Taylor, Jessie Armstead, and Antonio Pierce. Even Strahan's morning co-host Kelly Ripa was in attendance. He gave shout outs to everyone over the course of the 43 minute speech, including a hilarious impression of Eli Manning during the hours before Super Bowl XLII.
Watch the speech again HERE!