Jun 9, 2008

Strahan calls it a career

The Giants' captain and all-time sack leader (tied with LT) is going out on top. I, for one, am rather surprised by his decision. I was sure he'd come back for another season considering how well he played and that he's going to be losing millions of dollars (although he already has a broadcasting job lined up already). He was a 7-time Pro Bowler, twice won the defensive MVP (2001 and 2003) and set an NFL record with 22.5 sacks in '01.

He's one of my favorite Giants ever (after LT) and was always a blast to listen to. The Giants sportswriters will have to work a bit harder this season to find interesting quotes.

This is bad news for the 2008 season in that it weakens two positions - 1. Justin Tuck and Mathias Kiwanuka will be counted on more (rather than for depth like last year), 2. if Kiwanuka is moved back to full-time DE, they have to find two new (starting) outside linebackers. Basically Renaldo Wynn - a good backup DE - replaces a first-ballot Hall of Fame DE. You can't blame Strahan though; what better way to retire than when you've just won the Super Bowl? - only I wish he had announced it before the draft so Jerry Reese could have properly addressed the situation.

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