Former New York Giant great and Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor has some words of wisdom for current Giant DE Michael Strahan: retire. “He’s had a great career,” Taylor said in todays New York Daily News. “One of the best the Giants have ever had. He’s played top-notch football since he’s been there. He’s put in a lot of years and been one of the best players in the league for 14 years. That says a lot about him.”
Strahan has been playing cat and mouse with his team, telling them that his recent holdout from training camp is not about money, and that he is serious when he is talking about walking away for good. He even went so far as to write an email to fans that stated as such. Of course I am sure that a hefty pay raise from the Giants would make his decision to come back to the team for maybe a final season a lot easier. To date, the sack leader has collected a $500,000 roster bonus from the team, and is scheduled to make $4 mil in salary in 2007.
Taylor went so far as to say in the paper that now that Strahan has been active in talking about walking away, it’s bound to happen sooner than later. “That’s the one thing about retirement: Once you get it in your head, it’s hard to get it out,” Taylor said by phone. “Once you make that decision that you’ve had enough, man, it’s hard to think of anything but retirement. When you don’t love the game anymore, when you lose your will to play, you should just go ahead and retire.”
Another thing that Strahan may just want to do is wait until camp is nearing its end to report. He has already spoken to head coach Tom Coughlin and GM Jerry Reese, and both have said he could come back to the team at anytime. Taylor knows that Strahan can walk into camp at anytime and be the same player he’s always been. “Is training camp really important? Maybe from a mental aspect,” Taylor said. “Guys stay in shape all year round. It’s not the same game that I left. Nowadays, they don’t even go in full gear. Training camp is for timing for quarterbacks and receivers, not for a defensive player. Strahan is like myself. After four or five years, you pretty much know the defense. You either rush inside, outside or straight through the man. If Strahan decides to return, he won’t need much time to get ready.”