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Brett Favre, The 40-Year-Old Version: 'It's amazing,' says sack king Michael Strahan



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And the best line of the post that I thought I should post twice!(One in the actual story and one as a quote.)

What we've been finally wanting somebody to say:

On the Vikings and New Orleans Saints: "It would be a great matchup between those two. But if (Antoine) Winfield comes back, Minnesota defensively has the edge on New Orleans. And offensively, with that running game and Favre's experience, I know New Orleans puts up a lot of points but I would give Minnesota the edge."

Now Lets continue with the post!

A Micheal Strahan Interview

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Strahan retired four months after helping the New York Giants win Super Bowl XLII, but Michael Strahan is as busy as ever. He has a range of television roles, from Fox NFL analyst, to reality-show host of Spike's "Pros vs. Joes" to sitcom star for Fox's "Brothers." He's also a popular pitchman, most notably for Subway and now Vaseline.

Strahan chatted earlier this week with the Pioneer Press about everything from his sack of Brett Favre that broke Mark Gastineau's single-season record to his impressions of Viking defensive ends Jared Allen and Ray Edwards.

On Allen: "He's relentless. He works. He's never going to give up. He's a leader. A motivator. He does all the things you need a player to do, not just a defensive end.

"The way he handles himself and his approach to the game only motivates those guys around him.

"You look at Jared and all the free agents. Very rarely do you get a guy now, you look and you go, 'He's worth every penny. Could have paid him more and not felt bad about it.' He is that guy."

On whether Allen is a complete player: "You and I were thinking the same thing. I think early in his early career, he worked hard but he wasn't the best run stopper. He was more of a pass rusher. But he's really worked really hard at his run stopping, and it's really showing. Now you leave him on the field for four downs.

"That's a compliment. Most people say, 'Look at how many sacks he has.' If you can focus on one thing, that's easy. The tough

thing is to be a guy who is out there every down. You got to determine run or pass, you got to go out there and pound on 300-pounders against that run and hold your own — then in the fourth quarter still be able to get around him and hit a quarterback? That's a defensive end. Other guys are just specialists. And Jared is a defensive end. He's not a specialist, like I thought he was at first.

"Howie (Long, fellow Fox analyst) calls him Gumby because of the way his body flexes and gets into tight spaces."

On the Vikings' defensive line compared to the 2007 New York Giants': "The crazy thing is, I had my best years without the best defensive line. I don't quite understand how that works.

"When I had Osi (Umenyiora), and (Justin) Tuck, it definitely made it easier on me because I couldn't get double- and triple-teamed and beat down all game.

"It was an amazing feeling, because you realize that nobody can block you one on one. But when you have four guys — with Fred Robbins, all five guys who all feel the same way? That's when your defensive line is unstoppable."

On Edwards, who said before last season he wanted to break Strahan's sack record: "At first I thought, 'Well, Who is Ray Edwards?

MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 15: Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings calls out the play in the second half against the Detroit Lions on November 15, 2009 at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings defeated the Lions 27-10.

Never heard of him.' But at the same time, I looked and said, 'That's great.' You should have that mentality. I watched him the other day, and he's come a long way.

"It will be broken, and it should be broken. I never dreamed that I would last as long as long as I did — but also to think your sack total would start with a 2, like DeMarcus Ware last year, to get 20 sacks. I didn't know why he didn't win defensive player of the year. I think that's ridiculous. But whenever someone breaks a record, it makes guys think it can be done.

"I didn't take offense (to Edwards' comment). I said, 'That's good.' He's got a mark to shoot for."

On who can break his record: "I think Jared definitely could do. You got (James) Harrison in Pittsburgh. (Elvis) Dumervil is having a great year in Denver, but I don't know too much about his whole history. I think Julius Peppers is so talented that (he can do it), if his mentality is right."

On if Favre helped Strahan get the record-breaking sack in the 2001 season finale: "Yeah, I said, 'Brett, I need this last sack, man. Go ahead and hook a brother up.'

"The crazy thing is, I know Brett, obviously, and I've played in his golf tournament. But everybody has played it like 'Michael Strahan and Brett Favre are best friends, and Brett is going to take care of Michael Strahan.' You know what? I have too much respect for Brett and for the game, and vice versa.

"Everyone questioned it. To be honest with you, was it even that important? No.

"My biggest record breaker was breaking Lawrence Taylor's sack record with the Giants (20.5 sacks in 1986), which I did the week before, with 3 1/2 sacks against the Eagles and Donovan McNabb. So when I broke L.T.'s record of sacks in a season for the Giants, the week before that, that was THE RECORD for me.

"So the whole Mark Gastineau record and Brett Favre deal, it wasn't that important. It doesn't really matter. When I look at my career as a whole, I don't look at one sack or one season. I look at 15 years, playing that position for 15 years, didn't miss a game for like nine of those years. I'm more proud of that type of stuff. I worked hard for that."

On whether it would have bothered him if Favre had flopped: "If he's there, I'm going to hit him. That's what I do. Records are meant to be broken.

"I don't hang my hat on records. I look at a cumulative career of somebody. Everybody can get a year here and there."

On Favre playing so well at 40: "It's amazing. I thought he was done. Watching him with the Jets, I thought he was done.

"From the outside looking in, he's more comfortable there. New York is a different beast. This city? You have to really want to be here. He came here, and not that he didn't understand it, but I don't think he really wanted to be here.

"In Minnesota, he's happy. He's become like a kid again. That's important. When I went back after missing training camp, I was like a kid again. Just enjoy it and have fun again. ... Now he has the wisdom of a 40-year-old with the arm strength of a 25-year-old.

"And he's making my buddy, Mr. Visanthe Shiancoe, look good."

On if it's hard to make Shiancoe, a former Giants backup and now Minnesota's tight end, look good: "Yeah, that's really hard to do.

"I used to work out every day with Shiancoe. That's my workout partner.

"We played the Vikings the first year he went there, and he couldn't wait to get a hold of me, until he actually got a hold of me — or better yet, I got a hold of him.

"And if you ever see him, please remind him of that, how I pinned him down on the ground, with one arm, and put my knee in his chest and let him know who his daddy was."

On Shiancoe's development: "He was always talented. Always a great athlete. Could run. Could run like the wind. Was an ambitious blocker. I'm extremely happy.

"The one thing I have to do, I'm going to send him a case of Vaseline Men fast-absorbing lotion. That way, he can keep on dropping the ball yet his skin will be supple and soft. And maybe that will help him get a little bit stronger so the next time he faces off against me - maybe in the street or whatever - he'll have a chance."

On the Vikings and New Orleans Saints: "It would be a great matchup between those two. But if (Antoine) Winfield comes back, Minnesota defensively has the edge on New Orleans. And offensively, with that running game and Favre's experience, I know New Orleans puts up a lot of points but I would give Minnesota the edge."

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