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Father paved Strahan's path to Hall

Family legacy of hard work, selflessness influenced Canton-bound Giants great

Updated: August 3, 2014, 12:20 AM ET
By Ian O'Connor | ESPNNewYork.com

As the son of a man who supported nine children on a custodian's wage, Gene Strahan was going to raise his own family around the virtues of an honest day's work. He was ambitious enough to earn a college degree, strong enough to command an Army unit of the 82nd Airborne, and tough enough to beat a future heavyweight champ, Ken Norton, in a boxing ring before a crowd of delirious soldiers.

So yes, his six kids were going to play through the whistle. They would be grinders and achievers and, ...

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