As Michael Strahan prepared to have his number retired by the New York Giants on Sunday, one of his FOX colleagues could not help but think about what could have been if history played out the way he wanted.
Jimmy Johnson, the former head coach of the Dallas Cowboys, told Strahan on FOX’s pregame show that the biggest regret of his career was not drafting Strahan.
This was not just Johnson stroking Strahan's ego, either. Johnson explained the story leading up to the 1993 draft in how he really pulled out all the stops to try and make Strahan a Dallas Cowboy.
“I flew Michael up to Dallas, I sat down with him and I told him I was going to draft him,” Johnson said. “Because he came from a little school – Texas Southern -- I was always looking for a bargain. I was thinking I could get him late in the second round.”
The Cowboys had two second-round picks that year, but Strahan was taken 40th overall – five slots higher than when the Cowboys’ first picks were — by the New York Giants.
“I sent a scout and [he] was sitting in your home — because I’m gonna call you and say, ‘Michael, you’re a Dallas Cowboy,” Johnson continued. “Well, the New York Giants jumped in front of me so I wasn’t able to draft you. But it turned out pretty good for you, you won a Super Bowl with the New York Giants, and I did okay myself.”
It’s true that both had plenty of success without each other, but who knows how different history would have looked had Strahan spent his career in Dallas rather than New York.