Fox Sports’ Jay Glazer tells us that Michael Strahan will not come out of retirement and go with his original plan to become part of the Fox NFL Sunday studio crew.
Strahan turns down Giants, will stay retired
The recently retired perennial Pro Bowler told FOXSports.com exclusively that he has decided to remain retired and has turned down the Giants’ offer to lure him back to action.
“This has been one of the toughest nights of my life,” Strahan said from
. “But after long deliberation and throwing around a million scenarios in my head for the past day, I think it’s just best if I stay retired. Greece
“I have gone back and forth on this because as a player you’ll always want to play, you’ll never lose that urge to be out there. But I could only do this if I could commit 100 percent, physically, mentally, emotionally and I can’t do that. I’ve tried to convince myself and my body to give it one more year, but in the end I just don’t think I could turn it on like I need to again.”
Strahan and the team held discussions and he says the money was enough to do the deal. But in the end, it became a matter of whether or not he wanted to put his body through the rigors of another NFL season.
“I really love my life now,” he said. “It’s great having nobody put a finger on me. You really put yourself through an awful lot in this league, more than people realize.
“I’ve got a great home at FOX now and I think it’s where I belong. I wish I could’ve had different news for Giants fans but I’ve known for a while I’m done.”
Strahan considered coming out of retirement to help the team after fellow Pro Bowl defensive end Osi Umenyiora sustained a season-ending injury during the Giants’ preseason game against the Jets on Saturday night.
Strahan received a call early Monday from Giants GM Jerry Reese at the urging of co-owner Steven Tisch, who has a close relationship with Strahan.
The Giants had been hoping for a repeat of last season, when Strahan missed all of training camp and preseason while deliberating whether to return for a 15th NFL season, then returned to help lead the Giants to their 3rd Super Bowl.
The Giants had been hoping to pull a situation like last season when Strahan missed all of training camp, but then made the regular season opener and played the entire season to the Super Bowl, however, it was not to be.
I’m sure Michael will address it on the first show of the season on September 7th.