The player who ranks Number 99 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Greatest Players of All Time” is (drum roll) Defensive End Michael Strahan.
Strahan has become well-known and well-liked as part of Fox Sports’ “Fox Sports Sunday.” Strahan lends some humility to an otherwise fairly self-impressed group, and he knows football.
As far as his stats, Strahan was drafted in the second round (40) out of Texas Southern University by the New York Giants, where he played his entire 15-year career. He had an interesting background. His father was a major in the Army and was stationed in Germany when Strahan was a senior in high school. He sent him back to the states (Texas) to play football, where Strahan got a football scholarship.
In his 15 seasons, Michael Strahan played 216 games. He had 141.5 career sacks. Strahan was big, fast and strong, and that led to him being named the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year. Further, he set the NFL record for sacks with 22.5 in 2001.
Strahan retired in June 2008 after the Giants won the Super Bowl, shocking the undefeated New England Patriots. I’ve linked to his last sack.
It surprised me to learn that Strahan has struggled with his private life, having been married twice, one divorce quite acrimonious, and having a fiancé who has been accused of having affairs.
He seems like such a gentle, easy-going fellow.
The player who ranks Number 98 on the NFL Network’s Top 100 Greatest Players of All-Time is Lee Roy Selmon.
Let me first say that, in addition to the NFL Network’s ranking, there is a fan ranking some of the time. Number 100 Joe Namath was ranked Number 42 by fans. Michael Strahan was ranked Number 99 by the NFL Network and Number 47 by the fans. Number 98 Lee Roy Selmon was not ranked by fans.
Selmon was a great Hall of Fame player, but he played in the 1970s and 1980s. That leads me to further believe, as I said in the Namath article, that the fans who vote are young.
Lee Roy Selmon was an iconic player who was the first player drafted in 1976 out of the University of Oklahoma. He was drafted by the expansion franchise Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He played nine seasons in 121 games. He was Defensive Player of the Year in 1979, which was the Bucs’ first winning season. His career was cut short by injury.
Despite playing on, for the most part, a terrible team, Selmon established himself as an annual MVP and was one of the most feared defensive ends in the NFL due to size and speed. In his career, he had 78.5 quarterback sacks.
Selmon is one of those players whose numbers would have been insane if he had played on a good team.
I’ve linked to a short film about Lee Roy Selmon.