Strahan ends holdout after incurring $514K in fines
After 24 hours of soul-searching and a conversation with general manager Jerry Reese, seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end Michael Strahan has decided to end his holdout and report to the New York Giants.
Clayton: Back In Blue
Michael Strahan decided to end his holdout a week later than expected because he felt it was time to play some football.
Even though he was training hard in Los Angeles, Strahan couldn't bare the thoughts of coming to New York for a fourth pre-season game. If forecasts are true and the Giants face the possibility of a nine- or 10-loss season, it's hard for a player with Strahan's energy to gather the psyche to play for the team. Players deal with pain, and it's hard to focus on a game if there is doubts about a team's chances of winning.
The Giants need Strahan probably more than he needs them. He provides a fire and personality to that team. Without him, they don't have a true personality.
Strahan leads by example. He makes life on defense fun. He's a character and he's a great player.
This may not be the best of seasons for the Giants. But it wouldn't be the same without Strahan. It was time for him to end his holdout.
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-- John Clayton, senior NFL writer
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