The Giants selected Michael Strahan with the number 40 pick in the 1993 NFL draft out of Texas Southern University. Strahan's first couple of seasons wearing number 92 in New York would not be especially remarkable. Battling through injury, he would see just nine games a rookie, recording one sack. In his second year, he picked up 4.5 sacks, but you could say that his overall performance that season was not especially notable.
It was in his third NFL season that number 92 really started to make a name for himself. In that 1995 regular season for the Giants, Strahan recorded 7.5 sacks to go along with solo 48 tackles, three forced fumbles, two interceptions and a safety. Those were numbers worthy of making the league stand up and take notice.
Two seasons later, in 1997, Strahan would have his true breakout season, being named to both the Pro Bowl and as an All-Pro. Starting all 16 regular season games for New York, Strahan notched a whopping 14 sacks, establishing himself as one of, if not the, leading "sacker" in the league at the time.
In 1998, Strahan recorded 15 sacks, upping his previous total by one, and again becoming an All-Pro and Pro Bowl selection.
Following the 2000 regular season, Strahan helped guide the Giants defense to Super Bowl XXXV, where he would record 5 solo tackles, 1 assist and 1.5 sacks in New York's loss to the Baltimore Ravens.
That loss must have motivated Strahan, because the following season may have been his finest yet. Not only did he lead the NFL in sacks with 22.5, but he became the all-time single season sack leader in NFL history. He was, of course, named to the Pro Bowl and as an All-Pro after that season.
Strahan would reach double-digits in sacks in three more regular seasons with the Giants, once again leading the league for the 2003 regular season with 18.5 sacks.
Number 92 would go out on top with the Giants, anchoring their defense as it defeated the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, as Strahan recorded a sack, two tackles and an assist in his final game for Big Blue.
In total, over his New York Giant career, Strahan would put up the following numbers:
- 141.5 sacks (All-Time Giants Leader)
- 659 tackles
- 24 forced fumbles
- 2 Super Bowl appearances
- 1 Super Bowl Championship