Hall of Fame defensive end Michael Strahan won a Super Bowl in his final season with the New York Giants in 2007-08. File Photo/Brian Kersey/UPI | License Photo
Sept. 1 (UPI) -- The New York Giants will retire former defensive end Michael Strahan's No. 92 jersey at a ceremony during their game against the Philadelphia Eagles on Nov. 28 in East Rutherford, N.J., the team announced Wednesday.
"Michael Strahan was one of the greatest players in franchise history," Giants co-owner John Mara said in a news release. "He deserves to have his number retired as other Giants immortals have, including Mel Hein, Frank Gifford and Lawrence Taylor."
Strahan, 49, joined the Giants in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft. The seven-time Pro Bowl selection totaled 141.5 sacks, the sixth-most in NFL history, in 15 seasons with the franchise.
Strahan set the single-season sack record with 22.5 in 2001. He was the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year, won a Super Bowl in 2008 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
"Michael's career was defined by his achievements, his consistency and his leadership," Mara said. "Very few defensive ends played the position as well as Michael. He was a tremendous run defender as well as a great pass rusher. And he realized a goal every player aspires to, but few achieve, winning a Super Bowl in his final game.
"We are grateful for all his contributions and are happy to officially say no Giants player will ever wear No. 92 again."
Former Giants quarterback Eli Manning also will get his No. 10 jersey retired this season at a Sept. 26 game against the Atlanta Falcons. Manning and Strahan were both on the 2007-08 Super Bowl team. Manning won another title in 2011-12.
Manning, and two of Strahan's other former teammates -- Justin Tuck and Jesse Armstead -- surprised Strahan to announce the number retirement Wednesday on Good Morning America.
"This wouldn't be possible without these three," Strahan said of Manning, Tuck and Armstead. "They were all very instrumental in my career."
The Giants host the Eagles at 1 p.m. EDT Nov. 28 at MetLife Stadium.