As one of the best defensive players of his NFL generation, Michael Strahan’s departure from the sports world was not an easy decision. Nor was it easy for Strahan to break the news of his retirement to his father, Gene Strahan.
In an interview, Strahan opened up about his process of how his father took the news after revealing he was leaving his professional football career behind. He says he was nervous about breaking the news of his retirement to his dad. When his father called him, Strahan was half-expecting a lecture about not being a quitter. To his relief, the voice on the other end of the phone said something much different than what Strahan expected.
Michael Strahan Describes the Emotional Moment with His Father
“I’ll never forget it,” says Strahan. “He was quiet for a while, and then he just said, ‘There’s no need to do that anymore.’ It was almost like in the movie Babe, when the farmer says, ‘That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.'”
During the interview, Strahan becomes emotional as he recalls the story. The NFL Hall of Famer gets a catch in his throat and apologizes. Afterward, he smiles while shaking his head in disbelief. His silence seems to be a heartfelt moment of gratitude to a man who died in August, at age 83.
Strahan’s father played an essential role in his decision to retire because he had always taught Strahan to “finish everything he’d started,” according to ABC News. Almost 15 years ago, began his football career with the NFL. Strahan decided to win a Super Bowl was the best finish he could have to his time playing with the Giants. Even though Strahan’s teammates weren’t necessarily surprised by Strahan’s announcement, they were disappointed while being happy for him.
Strahan was a member of the Giants team that won Super Bowl XLII in February 2008. Months later, in June, Strahan announced via Fox Sports that he would retire from the NFL with just a few simple words: “It’s time. I’m done.”