Michael Strahan’s Fingers Paid the Price For Playing 15 Seasons in the NFL
The Hall-of-Fame sack master—and current talk show host—was a four-time All-Pro and seven-time Pro Bowl player in New York who retired after the team’s Super Bowl XLII win over New England following the 2007 season.
Apparently it wasn’t soon enough for his fingers, though, as composer Lin-Manuel Miranda recently found out while sitting with Strahan at a recent New York Knicks game.
Strahan has talked before about how his fingers became that way and how NFL players don’t come out of a game because of finger injuries. Even if they dislocate them.
He’s also fine with showing off his dislocated finger trick to anyone—no matter how grossed out they might be.
But while his fingers paid the price, Strahan’s on-the-field results look like they were worth the mangled hands.
The former second-round pick out of Texas Southern is fifth all-time in NFL history in quarterback sacks (141.5). Meanwhile, he set the single-season record (22.5) back in 2001, which earned him a Defensive Player of the Year award. Although it’s been debated for years whether Green Bay’s Brett Favre (his good friend) intentionally let him sack him or not. Check out the video:
Whatever the case, Stahan also led the league in sacks two years later with 18.5 and had 9.5 sacks in 10 career playoff games. He was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2014.
Another Hall-of-Famer, former OT Anthony Munoz, also has his own dislocated finger trick that he’s happy to share with anyone.
Munoz played 13 seasons in the NFL—all with the Cincinnati Bengals—from 1980–92 and was an All-Pro nine times while making 11 Pro Bowl appearances. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998 and is considered one of the greatest offensive linemen to ever play the game.