EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Former New York Giants defensive end and newly minted Pro Football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan will be presented with his Hall of Fame ring during a ceremony at halftime of Monday night's game against the Colts at MetLife Stadium.
The Giants say about 100 former Giants will be on hand for the game, and that they have something special planned for Strahan's ceremony:
At halftime, more than 40 of Strahan’s former teammates will recreate the gauntlet for the 2014 Hall of Fame inductee as he makes his way to the center of the field for the ceremony. Strahan will be joined on stage by fellow Giants Hall of Famers Frank Gifford, Harry Carson and Lawrence Taylor. He will be presented his ring by David Baker, the President and Executive Director of the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
Among the other Giants expected to be on hand are several who predated Strahan, including Mark Bavaro, Leonard Marshall and Carl Banks.
It should be a fun night if you're a Giants fan, and I think think the attention Strahan's football career has received this year has been especially fun for this most recent generation of Giants fans, who have long been told of the great players from Giants teams past but can embrace Strahan's August Hall of Fame induction and Monday night's ring ceremony as a way to reflect on the more recent Super Bowl triumphs. If your father has been telling you all about Taylor and and those guys your whole life, now you have your own Hall of Famer, from one of your Giants teams.
Celebrating Strahan is a way for the current generation of Giants fans to plug themselves into the history of the franchise and feel a part of the greatest aspects of it. You can obviously see Strahan on TV every single day of the year in his new, post-career roles. But remembering who and what he was as a player is an enjoyable reminiscence for those who enjoyed the surprise Super Bowl run of 2007-08.