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    Strahan to retire

    http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/8225886?MSNHPHMA


    The New York Giants will begin their road to a defense of their Super Bowl title when mini-camp begins on Wednesday. That defense, however, will be attempted without the services of their team leader, Michael Strahan.

    Strahan has told FOXSports.com exclusively that he has decided to retire.

    After a lengthy and for Strahan up-and-down decision-making process, Strahan said he's hanging up the cleats and wanted to finalize a decision before his teammates gathered for their mini-camp. For months, fans, other players, and his own teammates have wondered whether he would return or not.

    "It was important that my teammates knew which way I was going before they got on the field to start the work to defend our title," the team's all-time sack leader said from California. "It's time. I'm done."

    Strahan finally made up his mind a week ago but wanted to take the extra days to make sure his feeling on the matter was 100 percent.

    He has long believed retirement was the route he would choose but the finality of it gave him problems. In the past two years, Strahan said he has spoken with many high-profile retired players and asked for their advice on retired life, the emotions of the decision and how they knew they were done. The one consistent theme was this: Once you're done, it's forever. Thus, the finality was what posed the biggest problem for Strahan in making the ultimate decision.

    "It's a tough decision but I wanted to be fair to the Giants and fair to my teammates," he said.

    He leaves the Giants as the team's all-time quarterback sack leader and a sure-fire first-ballot Hall of Famer. He also leaves after having donned the Blue and White more than any player in Giants history.

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    he got his ring, he sorted out his divorce, he stole the single season sack record...what else is left?

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    Way to go out gappy Strahan. You're welcome for the blueprint to beating the Patsies, which of course you executed quite well. Off you go now. Your rocking chair awaits.

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    Now he can pursue white women full time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetswin View Post
    he got his ring, he sorted out his divorce, he stole the single season sack record...what else is left?
    Stole is right. I was actually at that game. It was the only time I've ever seen Favre play like a complete pansy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetswin View Post
    he got his ring, he sorted out his divorce, he stole the single season sack record...what else is left?
    Now he just needs to get his 3rd big tooth filled in and we're good to go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe W. Namath View Post
    Now he can pursue white women full time.
    Or Chad Pennington.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jetswin View Post
    he got his ring, he sorted out his divorce, he stole the single season sack record...what else is left?
    Sounds like a good time...wonder when his Bio will come out ?

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    stbfsm?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joe W. Namath View Post
    Now he can pursue white women full time.
    I guess that bothers you?!?!? lmfao!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BLEEDgreenN'white View Post
    Or Chad Pennington.
    PWNED!!!

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    Strahan retires

    EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Michael Strahan had what he wanted -- a Super Bowl championship to add to a resume featuring seven Pro Bowls and two sack records. Now it was time to leave football and leave the New York Giants after 15 years in the NFL.

    Four months after a stunning Super Bowl victory over the previously unbeaten New England Patriots, the 36-year-old Strahan informed Giants co-owner John Mara he was done. He will be walking away from a $4 million contract for the 2008 season.

    "I told him he's been a great Giant," Mara said Monday. "He thanked me for everything the organization has done for him. I said, 'I think you've done more for us than we can ever do for you.' "

    Strahan never told his coaches or his teammates of his decision. They learned of it from reporters at practice.

    "I'm just finding out about it; let me get organized," coach Tom Coughlin said after a team workout.

    Strahan, who has long said he wants a job in television, plans to hold a news conference Tuesday at Giants Stadium.

    Tony Agnone, Strahan's agent, said the Giants offered Strahan more money in an effort to get him to play another year.

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    "Money was never the issue for him," Agnone told The Association Press. "Really I thought he was going to retire before last season. I'm happy he stayed around."

    The team offered to increase the base salary by $1 million if he reached a certain sack level -- possibly six, a source told ESPN.com's John Clayton. Strahan was hoping to get a base salary increase close to the $8.1 million Jason Taylor of the Dolphins is scheduled to make this fall, the source said.

    Agnone added that getting the ring was probably the one thing that convinced Strahan to leave a game in which he might be the best end at playing both the run and the pass.

    "He really felt he has a chance to repeat this year," Agnone said. "So it was tough to walk away."

    Strahan's retirement was first reported by Foxsports.com.

    "It was important that my teammates knew which way I was going before they got on the field to start the work to defend our title," Strahan told the Web site. "It's time. I'm done."

    Strahan considered retirement before the start of last season, missing almost all of training camp while coming to a decision.

    He returned days before the season, anchoring a defensive line that was instrumental in hounding New England quarterback Tom Brady in New York's 17-14 Super Bowl victory.

    Leaders of the Sack

    Michael Strahan, who set the single-season record in 2001 with 22, also stands among the NFL's all-time leaders in sacks, which became on official statistic in 1982:
    1. Bruce Smith 200
    2. Reggie White 198
    3. Kevin Greene 160
    4. Chris Doleman 150
    5. Michael Strahan 141
    "I knew it was going to [eventually] happen," quarterback Eli Manning said. "He had a tremendous career. If that is the case, he picked a great season to go out on."

    Fellow Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora was told of the retirement as he walked to the locker room after practice.

    "I talked to Mike last week and he told me he was still unsure," Umenyiora said. "He was really, really thinking about it, but I didn't think he was going to do it today."

    Strahan was the Giants' leader in the locker room. He taught the young defensive ends how to play the position. He also spent as much time working out as the youngest free agent trying to win a roster spot.

    "It's a very, very sad day for me personally," Umenyiora 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."

    Last season, Strahan was outstanding. He started 15 of 16 games, had 46 tackles and nine sacks.

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    "I am very happy for him," said receiver Amani Toomer, who played 12 seasons with Strahan. "I think he is going to find a way on his feet. I just wish him the best."

    A second-round pick in the 1993 draft, Strahan is the Giants' career sacks leader with 141. Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor had the previous mark of 132, although that total does not include the 9 the linebacker had as a rookie in 1981, the year before sacks became an official statistic.

    Strahan set the single-season mark of 22 sacks in 2001, getting the last one in the season finale when Brett Favre mysteriously fell late in the game, and No. 92 got credit for the sack. Favre retired shortly after the Giants' Super Bowl win.

    Justin Tuck is the leading candidate to move into Strahan's starting spot.

    "The guy has had a great career, 15 years, a first ballot Hall of Famer," he said.

    Umenyiora felt Strahan was playing so well he would return this season.

    "He retired at the top of his game," he said. "A lot of us don't get the chance to do that."

    Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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    Please merge, sorry for that.

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    Look for his "gap toothed smile"

    On Fox where he will work behind a desk and elsewhere.

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    Another one of our draft follies! I didn't know we passed on him to get stumblefield in 93'

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    Yeah he should have a show on XM

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    This may have already been said, but he doesn't like training camps. I wouldn't be surprised if he announces his "comeback" some time in late August.

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