Houston native Michael Strahan voted into NFL Hall of Fame

Michael Strahan arrives at Fox Sports 1 Thursday Night Super Bash at Time Warner Cable Studios on Thursday, Jan. 30 2014, in New York. (Photo by Scott Roth/Invision/AP)

February 1, 2014 7:36:38 PM PST
Houston native and defensive end Michael Strahan has been voted into the NFL Hall of Fame.

Joining him were two first-time eligible players, linebacker Derrick Brooks and offensive tackle Walter Jones.

The class of 2014 also included long-time Oakland Raider Ray Guy, receiver Andre Reed, defensive back Aeneas Williams and defensive end Claude Humphrey, who like Guy was a senior selection.

Strahan, who's also the co-host of 'Live!' with Kelly Rippa, is from Houston, and his mother still lives in Spring. Last May, he received an honorary degree from Texas Southern University. In November 2012, he sat down with Eyewitness News to discuss all of his sucess.

Strahan set the NFL record for sacks in a single season, getting 22½ in 2001. The one most people remember is the record-setter in the final game of the regular season, when Green Bay's Brett Favre seemed to lay down on a play late in the game.

While there is controversy about that play, the gap-toothed Strahan was one of the top two-way defensive ends. Younger teammates said he taught them how to work to become NFL players, and he walked away from the NFL after winning the Super Bowl in February 2008.

"It's hard to find guys with everything, but this guy had everything . size, speed, power, toughness, endurance, motor, smarts, leadership, heart, love for the game, but what I admired most about Michael was his pride," Giants general Jerry Reese said. "No matter what the circumstances were, when he walked out on that field on Sunday, he was going to give it ALL to you. There aren't many guys who can say that."

The Hall of Fame announcement was made Saturday night at NFL Honors, less than 24 hours before the Denver Broncos meet the Seattle Seahawks in the first Super Bowl in a non-domed stadium in a cold-weather city.

Among the finalists who didn't get in were two with ties to the Indianapolis Colts and current Broncos quarterback Peyton Manning - coach Tony Dungy and receiver Marvin Harrison.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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