Over the weekend, our September cover guy Michael Strahan was inducted into the Pro Footbal Hall of Fame in Canton, OH, alongside Claude Humphrey, Derrick Brooks, Aeneas Williams, Walter Jones, Andre Reed, and Ray Guy.
The former New York Giant made an impressive induction speech. Check it out in its entirety below, and click through for five highlihts from the dais.
When Strahan was growing up, his siblings called him Bob, which stood for “Booty on Back,” because, as he admits himself in the speech, he was a “husky” and “big-boned” 13-year-old kid. When he got tired of the taunts, he realized that this was the first time in his life that he could change his own course, take responsibility for his own situation, and make changes. He did so by buying Jane Fonda tapes, and high-kicked and side-kicked himself into action. This led him to follow the Herschel Walker training program, which caught the eye of his father, who then took him to the gym. So began the journey that saw him end up in Canton over the weekend.
Around the nine-minute mark, Strahan, with a sly grin, admits that a foot injury he sustained as a rookie was not a result of a play (as he had long claimed), but was the result of him doing a sack dance. We couldn’t find the sack dance, but we did come across this compilation of Strahan sacks:
Around the 14-minute mark, Strahan talks about Lawrence Taylor: “When I was a rookie, I was afraid of you, and now that I am retired and I am up here with you with this yellow jacket, I am still scared of you.”
The meanest and most difficult players he competed against were Eric Williams from the Dallas Cowboys and Jon Runyon from the Philadelphia Eagles, who he described as “6’9″ 350 pounds of twisted steel and non-sex appeal.”
The message Strahan wants to give to his four children: “Improbability means nothing, because anything is absolutely possible.”