Strahan Goes Out on Top

Giants' sack-happy defensive end says he's retiring at 36; TV gig may be next
By Harry Kimball,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 9, 2008 4:14 PM CDT
New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan shows off his new Super Bowl ring.   (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)
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(Newser) – Michael Strahan is retiring after 15 years with the New York Giants, ESPN reports. The defensive end, 36, set the NFL's single-season sacks record with 22.5 sacks during the 2001 season, participated in seven Pro Bowls, and got his first Super Bowl ring earlier this year. Strahan walks away from the $4 million final year of his contract.

“It's a very, very sad day for me personally," one teammate said. "I loved him like a brother. You put in 15 strong years in the NFL, man that is something in this day and age is impossible to do. … He retired at the top of his game. A lot of us don't get the chance to do that.”