Strahan: Hall of Fame 'nothing I imagined'

Giants great Michael Strahan says his goal at the start of his career was "just to make a little money." Rob Tringali/Getty Images

When his NFL career began, Michael Strahan was not thinking about the Hall of Fame.

In fact, being enshrined in Canton was the furthest thing from his mind. “My goal when I first started was just to make a little money so I didn’t have to move back to my parents’ house,” Strahan said Wednesday. “I just didn’t want to live with my parents.”

He didn’t have to. Strahan made millions.

He ended up in the Hall of Fame, too.

Strahan, one of the most dominant pass-rushers in NFL history, will be enshrined in Canton on Aug. 2.

“It’s overwhelming, to be honest with you, because obviously (late New York Giants co-owner) [Wellington] Mara was there when I was drafted,” Strahan said. “He’d come to practice every day, the face of the NFL and more so the Giants, one of the original founders of the game. It’s such a rich history. And on top of that, Harry Carson being a great friend of mine as well as L.T. [Lawrence Taylor] being a great friend and the one guy I looked up to when I came in. Just so much history on the side of the Giants.”

During his 15-year career, Strahan racked up a franchise-record 141.5 career sacks which puts him fifth on the all-time list. He went to seven Pro Bowls and set the NFL’s single-season sack record in 2001 (22.5). He also went out a champion, winning Super Bowl XLII in his last game as a pro.

“I’m just honored,” Strahan said. “Because it’s something, it’s nothing I had in my brain, nothing I imagined when I started out, that I’d be joining these guys in the Hall of Fame.”