Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/8/13

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - SEPTEMBER 15: Former NY Giant and star of upcoming FOX comedy series 'Brothers,' Michael Strahan attends the Fox 'Brothers' Challenge at the New York Giants Timex Performance Center on September 15, 2009 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Amy Sussman/Getty Images for Fox)
Let me start by saying I know every inductee in this year's HOF class absolutely deserves to be in the Hall of Fame. I wouldn't take it from any of them.I was simply very surprised when I saw that Michael Strahan was left out. I just knew from the day that he retired, he would be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer.That surprise resurfaced, recently, as I watched the Super Bowl.When the final whistle blew, and the Baltimore Ravens were victorious, and all the fanfare started to unfold, I watched as the legendary Ray Lewis hoisted the Lombardi into the air capping off a remarkable career with a storybook ending. Lewis, I believe, will be in the Hall as soon as he is eligible.The thing that amazes me the most with the situation is that five years ago, I watched as Strahan hoisted the same trophy after finishing a remarkable career of a decade-and-a-half as a defensive leader of the New York Giants. At that time I was just as certain that Strahan would be a first ballot Hall-of-Famer as I am ...
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