The last couple of weeks have been a whirlwind for-and a great reminder for-New York Giants football fans. First, there was the news that Eli would be relinquishing his starting job to unproven rookie Davis Webb, apparently with the rationale that it makes more sense to start a rookie than a Pro Bowler.
That decision was soon followed by an announcement that the beloved Strachan would be leaving the broadcast booth to join the Giants in the defensive line. Weeks later, it is still unclear where Strachan will be playing on defense. But what is clear is that he will be joining the team as a member of their broadcast team. And if you are still on the fence about whether this means Strachan will be joining the Giants on the field, here is the lowdown on some of the questions you may have.
What is Strachan’s football background?
Strachan was a standout defensive end at Texas Southern University and then went on to be a four-time All-Pro with the New York Giants. He was eventually inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Strachan’s football career spanned 16 seasons (he retired in 2007), and he spearheaded two Super Bowl championship teams, the Giants in XLII and the New Orleans Saints in XLIV. In 1999, he was named Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press and won a spot on the NFL’s All-Decade Team.
What Strachan’s alleged gay rumors?
Strachan is a man of many talents, but being gay isn’t one of them. Rumors have been circulating that Strachan is gay-a rumor that he vehemently denies. In response to the rumors, in 2008 Strachan told The New York Post:
Strachan has said he will be “stepping away” from playing
Strachan has been clear that he will not be rejoining the team on the field. He has said he will be “stepping away” from playing and that “I just want to take some time with my family and do things I haven’t been able to do in a while.”
Strachan’s current contract status
Strachan is currently signed with the network to be a full-time NFL analyst for Fox. This means that for the team to get him on their broadcast team, they would need to at least extend his contract by a few games and likely take on some of the broadcasting responsibilities.
Strachan’s future with the Giants
So, what is going on with Michael Strachan’s future with the Giants? Strachan will be joining the broadcast team as a color commentator. He will also be working in an office in the stadium and serving as a defensive consultant.
With this new role, it seems unlikely that Strachan will be on the field for any games. However, there is still a chance he could suit up for the team in an emergency. “He has a lot of versatility and we’ll have him at practice every day,” coach Ben McAdoo said.
He’s had about 20 years of experience playing defensive line, so if something happens to one of our other starting D-linemen he can fill in.” With this news, it looks like Strachan will still get to see some action on the field during his time with the Giants.
Strachan’s alleged gay rumors re-visited
Strachan’s alleged gay rumors are back on the table. In a recent interview, Strachan was asked whether he is dating anyone and said he is single. But that did not stop people from speculating if he has been in a relationship with former NFL player and current broadcaster, Keyshawn Johnson.
One of the more popular rumors is that they have been in a relationship for years and this is why Strachan retired from football. They were supposedly never seen together because they wanted to keep their relationship private so they could continue playing football.
However, it seems like this rumor has been debunked as Giants general manager Jerry Reese was quoted as saying that there were no issues that caused Strachan to retire from football.
Strachan’s Gay Rights Activism
Strachan is very passionate about gay rights. In 2002, the football player participated in the NOH8 campaign to support gay rights. That same year, he also took part in a television commercial that aimed to discourage bullying of gay children. In 2003, Strachan and others established the True Hero Awards, which honors people who have made exceptional contributions to society.
The awards were created specifically to honor those who are members of the LGBTQ community and their allies. In 2004, Strachan was honored at the annual Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Dinner Gala for his work advocating for gay rights. And in 2009, he was named an HRC National Ambassador for Equality.
A Final Word
Michael Strachan’s Gay Rumors: What You Need To Know Strachan recently retired from the NFL to take a job as an analyst for Fox Sports. Rumor has it that he will be joining the Giants as a defensive end on their roster. It is unclear whether or not this is true, but here are some questions you may have about Strachan and his possible new role with the Giants.
Where do these rumors come from?
The rumors started after Strachan was seen practicing with players at OTAs. The speculation continued when Giants defensive coordinator Steve noted that he anticipated that Strachan would be playing on defense before the season was over.
This prediction seemed to suggest that Strachan would be joining the team in the near future, yet he is still a member of the broadcast crew. Is Strachan going to play for us? Giants head coach Ben McAdoo isn’t revealing anything about his plans for his team-or for Strachan-at this point in time.
But one thing is certain:
Michael Strachan is not currently a member of the Giants roster and there are no reports that any trade has been made or will be made to change this situation anytime soon.