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The Pro Football Hall of Fame’s Class of 2014 gets inducted on Saturday. Shutdown Corner will profile the seven new Hall of Famers this week, looking at each of their careers and their impact on the game.
Michael Strahan New York Giants, 1993-2007 Defensive end
While Strahan's most impressive individual accomplishment is the single-season sacks record of 22.5 set in 2001, we all know that it comes with a bit of an asterisk after Brett Favre took it upon himself to run a play nobody had called, roll Strahan's way and lay down to give him the record.
That doesn't diminish Strahan's great season, but we'll pick a different moment.
In Super Bowl XLII, the Patriots took a 14-10 lead late in the game. Strahan, who like the rest of the Giants' defensive line had played tremendously that evening, gave the offense an unforgettable, goosebump-inducing pep talk on the sideline.
"17-14 is the final, OK?" Strahan said. "17-14 fellas. One touchdown, and we are world champions. Believe it, and it will happen!"
And it did happen. The Giants scored in the final seconds, and Strahan finally had his Super Bowl championship. That turned out to be his last NFL game.