NEW YORK – On a day for jumping and whooping it up, Michael Strahan showed the throngs of jubilant fans just how it’s done, New York Giants style.
The star defensive end fires up his team – a wildly improbable NFL champion – with a leap that he calls “stomping you out.” With that, Strahan jumped skyward on the podium at a Super Bowl rally Tuesday, lifting his knees to his shoulders.
“We would like to extend this to every other team in the NFL and particularly for the last team we defeated, the New England Patriots,” he said, his teammates standing behind him. “Because you know what we did to you? We stomped you out!”
Two days after the Giants won the title with a 17-14 victory that ended the New England Patriots’ perfect season, fans gathered at City Hall Park after a ticker-tape parade to watch their team get the keys to the city.
Those fans, umbrellas raised in a light rain, made a plea to Strahan, who is contemplating retirement. “One more year!” came the chant as soon as he got to the podium.
“One more year?” Strahan said. “We’ll see.”
Eli Manning, the MVP of the Super Bowl, said the team was proud to “bring the championship back to New York City.”
“It’s been an unbelievable journey,” he said.
Manning and Strahan were joined by the entire Giants organization in a parade through the “Canyon of Heroes” before hundreds of thousands of fans, many decked out in Giants blue, to celebrate one of the city’s great triumphs.
After the Manhattan lovefest, the team took buses back to New Jersey, where it was met by a crowd of more than 20,000 fans at Giants Stadium. The crowd saved its loudest cheers for coach Tom Coughlin, who emerged from a tunnel holding aloft the Super Bowl trophy.