Michael Strahan Opens Up About Feeling Like ‘Modern Day Gladiator’ During NFL Days

by Thad Mitchell
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Former National Football League great Michael Strahan is proving former athletes can have great careers after the field.

Since retiring from the league, the former New York Giant defensive end has made a quite a name for himself in the media. A member of the NFL Hall-of-Fame, Strahan has done everything from sports analyst to talk show host. Now 49-years-old, Strahan shows no signs of slowing down any time as he keeps landing new gigs. The gridiron super star has found himself in high demand ever since leaving his shoulder pads and helmet on the field.

While he has found great success off the field, Michael Strahan still loves the game of football and the time he spent in the league. The former Pro Bowler set several league records while in the NFL and also won an NFL championship. His entire 15- year career was with the New York Giants making him a rare case of a player never leaving a team. He owns the NFL record for most sacks in a single season with 22.5 sacks in 2001. During the course of his career, he made seven Pro Bowls, four first-team All-Pro recognitions and was the defensive player of the year in 2001. In addition to the Pro Football Hall-of-Fame, the York Giants retired his number 92 jersey shortly after his final game.

Michael Strahan Calls for Unity in Social Media Post

It is no wonder why Strahan enjoys talking about his playing days. He recently took to social media to share with his fans and followers the feeling of exiting a tunnel and onto a football field.

“There are no words to describe the feeling of looking out of the tunnel before a game,” he says in the post. “Like a modern day gladiator and hearing the screams of the 80,000 people in the crowd! Every time we walked out of the tunnel I had the opportunity to compete and succeed on the field with my brothers. We may not have won every game, but we put it all on the line.”

Michael Strahan would go one to use the post as a call for unity in the face of struggles facing everyday Americans.

“You are better with a team than without one,” he says to conclude the Instagram post.

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