John Bender

In 2006, Strahan suffered an injury which shortened a very promising season. In 2005, Strahan was once again among the leaders in total sacks, and earned his 7th trip to the Pro Bowl. Prior to a season-ending injury after the 8th game of the 2004 season, Strahan was a dominant force for the Giants’ defense. During the 2003 season he was named to his 6th Pro Bowl and led the NFL in sacks. In 2001, Strahan completed what is widely considered to be one of the greatest seasons ever for a defensive player, breaking the18-year-old NFL single season sack record with 22.5 sacks. A perennial Pro-Bowler and charismatic leader of the New York Giants, Strahan was named the NFL’s 2001 Player of the Year by Paul Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated and the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, making him the first New York Giant to win the award since Lawrence Taylor. He is also one of only four players to lead the NFL in sacks for two season.