Let me start by saying I know every inductee in this year's HOF class absolutely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I wouldn't take it from any of them.
I was simply very surprised when I saw that Michael Strahan was left out. I just knew from the day that he retired, he would be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer.
That surprise resurfaced, recently, as I watched the Super Bowl.
When the final whistle blew, and the Baltimore Ravens were victorious, and all the fanfare started to unfold, I watched as the legendary Ray Lewis hoisted the Lombardi into the air capping off a remarkable career with a storybook ending. Lewis, I believe, will be in the Hall as soon as he is eligible.
The thing that amazes me the most with the situation is that five years ago, I watched as Strahan hoisted the same trophy after finishing a remarkable career of a decade-and-a-half as a defensive leader of the New York Giants. At that time I was just as certain that Strahan would be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer as I am now with Lewis.
By the end of his career, Michael Strahan was the face of the Giants' franchise. He had been one of the league's most dominant pass rushers, ever. Strahan currently holds the record for most sacks in a single NFL season.
His 141.5 career sacks has him at No. 5, all time, among National Football League players. I guess of all of this year's eligible players, I thought Strahan was the obvious choice. Apparently only to me.
I'm sure that Strahan will,very shortly, make it in to the Hall of Fame. Again, I think everyone who went in ahead of him has earned the right to be there as well.
There are just times when things that happen in the NFL seem really bizarre to me. Michael Strahan's absence from the Hall of Fame definitely qualifies as one of those things.