EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Michael Strahan came to New York Giants practice Saturday and fired up the troops.
Strahan addressed the team for roughly two minutes at the Quest Diagnostics Training Center. When it was over, he broke down the team with a group “New York f---ing Giants.”
“Strahan did a nice job,” coach Ben McAdoo said. He talked about the love of the game. He talked about the pride in the Giants organization, about how his teams, the teams that he was on, are connected to the team that we have today and what a special place this is. Don’t have any regrets. Make sure you get everything you can out of camp and have no regrets moving forward.”
The Giants had just completed their longest practice of training camp when they knelt around Strahan, a current star on ABC’s “Good Morning America” and a Giants legend. He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
“That’s Strahan. He’s a great,” offensive tackle Bobby Hart said. “He’s a guy that accomplished a lot in this organization and the NFL in general. You just look at a guy like that and you just want to take what you can from whatever he has to say. I definitely took something from what he said.”
Strahan was a seven-time Pro Bowl defensive end in 15 seasons for the Giants. They won Super Bowl XLII in his final season with the team.
His message to this year’s team was clear.
“Expecting to win, man,” rookie tight end Evan Engram said. “That message was for us, but he just gave us a really good message about being a Giant and what it means to go to work every day.”
The Giants went 11-5 last season and reached the postseason for the first time in five years. They open their season on Sept. 10 against the division rival Dallas Cowboys.