Strahan Not Retiring Type

Once word came out, officially at least, that Tiki Barber was planning to retire at the end of this season, all eyes turned to Michael Strahan, who's been playing the game four years longer than Barber. Strahan, of course, immediately stated that he had no immediate intentions of retiring.

"I don't know," he said. "I haven't thought much about that. I feel great. As long as I continue to feel great, I'll continue to go out there and play. If it gets to the point that I don't, and I don't feel like I can contribute and there's somebody that can do it, then it's time to move on. I've had a long career here. If it were it this year, I wouldn't be upset about that. At the same time, I don't think it will be."

While Strahan is already a surefire Hall-of-Famer, some believe that Barber needs another season or two at his current level to clinch induction into Canton's hallowed halls. The best part about the whole thing – Barber could care less. Of course he would love to be a Hall-of-Famer, but he's not willing to put himself through a couple more years where his heart's not in it in order to do so. For that he should be applauded.

There's something to be said for going out on your own terms, which is exactly what Barber's getting to do. How about he finishes this year with a rushing title and an MVP trophy? Would that be enough for him to change his mind? Of course not. That's what separates Barber from just about everybody else in the league.

Strahan is in the same position to write his own ticket after football, likely as a football broadcaster or studio host if he desires. But, by his own admission, he doesn't have nearly the amount of outside interests that Barber does. In all honesty, who in the world does?

Strahan believes it's quite an accomplishment that he and Barber were able to spend their entire careers with Big Blue.

"To play in this city, it's one of the toughest cities to play in," Strahan said. "Because it's New York. The pressure associated with it. So much attention here and to be able to survive for so long, is a blessing in itself, but also, just to be with one team with this organization to see it change and grow and be around some great players. I've never had to move or adjust anything differently which has made my career a little easier too."

Of course Barber and Strahan have talked about what their futures hold.

"At this point in our careers, you talk about your mortality in the football business," Strahan said. "We've definitely talked about it. Tiki is a smart guy. He has a lot of other things going on. Football is just the beginning, not the ending of your life or career. There are other things that football sets up for you and Tiki has taken full advantage of that. Maybe he's ready to move on to the next step. If that's the case, I'm happy for him. I'm behind him. I'm going to do my best to do anything I can to help him win that Super Bowl ring before he's out of here. Who knows, maybe we'll be doing a joint press conference after this season."

Don't count on it. While we weren't the least bit surprised by the so-called Barber ‘news,' we fully anticipate at least another year or two from Strahan.

Visiting with former Giant greats

TGI was fortunate enough to spend several hours with Ottis Anderson and Jessie Armstead last weekend in Dallas, including watching football with Anderson basically all day Sunday. To say this was a treat would be an understatement. Watching pro ball with none other than a former Super Bowl MVP was awesome and an incredible learning experience. Anderson must have nailed 95 percent of his predictions during the games and more often than not could tell what plays were going to be run long before the snap. It was not only an enjoyable, but an enlightening afternoon as well. Anderson, whom I've known for years, is still every bit as affable and fun to be around as ever.

Anderson still travels to many of the Giants road games and Armstead still lives in Dallas. Armstead is in the process of opening a car dealership in Hamilton, NJ off Exit 7 of the New Jersey Turnpike. He still looks like he's in playing shape and is anxiously awaiting the end of the season so he could sign with the Giants for a day and retire as a Giant.

The weekend culminated in Anderson and Armstead hosting Giants Road Crew's cocktail party. We've said it countless times, but if you've yet to take a Giants trip with the Road Crew, you really are missing out. Check out for details on New York's remaining trips to Jacksonville, Nashville and Charlotte.

Moron of the week

Leave it to Star-Telegram columnist Gil LeBreton to spend four days in the New York/New Jersey area and come away with only this original concept: The New York media is basically a bunch of arrogant fools that don't know anything about what's going on. Talk about dumb and lazy. Perhaps if LeBreton had stronger ability and a better work ethic, he'd be writing in New York, the media capital of the world, and not Fort Worth, Tex.

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