May 28, 2013

MVP Profile: Michael Strahan, 2001

Defensive End, New York Giants

Age:  30 (Nov. 21)
9th season in pro football & with Giants
College: Texas Southern
Height: 6’5”   Weight: 275

Strahan was chosen by the Giants in the second round of the 1993 NFL draft, but a preseason foot injury hindered his progress as a rookie. He moved into the starting lineup in ’94 and was a consensus first-team All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection for the first time in 1997, a year in which he also reached double digits in sacks with 14. He duplicated the honors in ’98 and went to the Pro Bowl for a third straight year in 1999 despite a drop in sacks from 15 to 5.5. Following a slow start in 2000, Strahan reasserted his dominant pass rushing skills as the season progressed and finished up with 9.5 sacks.

2001 Season Summary
Appeared in all 16 games
[Bracketed numbers indicate league rank in Top 20]

Sacks – 22.5 [1]
Most sacks, game – 4 at St. Louis 10/14
Multi-sack games (2 or more) – 5
Interceptions – 0
Fumble recoveries – 1
Forced fumbles – 6
Tackles – 62
Assists – 11

Sack total of 22.5 set NFL record

TDs – 1
Points – 6

Awards & Honors:
NFL Defensive Player of the Year: AP
1st team All-NFL: AP, PFWA, Sporting News
1st team All-NFC: Pro Football Weekly
Pro Bowl

Giants went 7-9 to finish third in the NFC East.

Strahan was selected to the Pro Bowl in 2002 and again led the NFL with 18.5 sacks in ’03, when he was a consensus All-NFL selection for the fourth (and last) time. While major injuries hampered him in 2004 and ’06, Strahan played until 2007, a total of 15 seasons, and retired following a Super Bowl title for the team. Fast and adaptable, he ended up with 141.5 sacks, which ranked fifth all-time at his retirement, and was selected to the Pro Bowl on seven occasions.


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