Much of America wakes up to see Michael Strahan's smile greeting them, as they ready for their work day on Good Morning America. Yes, football fans know him a little better, seeing him as part of the Fox Sports halftime team each Sunday. Strahan is a natural on television. He was also a natural on the football field. Sunday, the New York Giants franchise declared that he was so good, no player will ever where his iconic number 92 again.

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It was a fitting ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Famer. He was surrounded by his former head coach Tom Coughlin and many of his teammates from those Super Bowl years. Strahan brought championships to the Big Blue faithful and they loved him for it. He wasn't just good. He was one of the very best.

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According to profootballhof.com, "He started at left defensive end for the Giants in two NFC championship victories and two Super Bowls. The final appearance of his NFL career came during New York’s thrilling 17-14 win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII. He recorded two tackles, added one assist, garnered one sack and had one pass defensed in the game."

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As the 6'5" towering personality took the halftime microphone and amidst the thanking he tried to ease the anxiety of a fanbase desperate to win again. Strahan said, “I’ve got to say this: Every team has their ups and downs, but the New York Giants have won Super Bowls. There are teams that never have. Appreciate what you got. We will be back! We will be up again! I guarantee you that!”

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I met Michael Strahan a few times when the Giants were doing their summer training camp at UAlbany. I always appreciated that he was kind to our staff. He was one of the few players that understood that the athletic facilities were our office. He'd always hold a door or say "how are you doing?" and with a smile. That will always be appreciated in my book. Congratulations Michael Strahan!

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