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It’s Time For the Giants to Honor Michael Strahan by Retiring No. 92

With Michael Strahan’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame comes the obvious question of retiring his uniform number (92). No current player is wearing the number (perhaps at the behest of ownership) in possible preparation for it’s permanent retirement.

When it comes to retiring jersey numbers, the Giants have been inconsistent. The Giants have only retired four uniform numbers since 1972. Frank Gifford (16) and Lawrence Taylor (56) are Hall of Famers, while Phil Simms (11) and Joe Morrison (40) are not.

Outside of those above four numbers, only eight others have received the honor in the 90 year history of the Giants: (1) Ray Flaherty; (4) Tuffy Leemans; (7) Mel Hein; (14) Ward Cuff and Y.A. Tittle; (32) Al Blozis; (42) Charley Conerly and (50) Ken Strong.

Of those eight, Flaherty, Leemans, Hein, Tittle and Strong are HOFers.

The Giants’ most recent HOF inductee, Harry Carson (2006), did not get his number (53) retired, so there is some uncertainty whether Strahan will have the honor bestowed upon him.

He should. Not only was Michael one of the franchise’s greatest players, he was one of the most visible and well-liked. It is very possible he receives the honor, and soon.

Strahan is in the Ring of Honor, but that’s not enough. When Strahan retired after the Giants took down the undefeated Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, he had the distinction of holding many major team records including sacks (141.5) and games played as a Giant (216), which will be broken by QB Eli Manning this year. You Manning’s number will be retired so why not Strahan’s?

I vote yes to retiring No. 92 in favor of this great Giant.

How about you…?

 

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