Michael Strahan: Kayvon Thibodeaux will bring 'joy' to Giants fans

Tyler Henry
Giants Wire

When the New York Giants selected Kayvon Thibodeaux with the fifth overall pick of the 2022 NFL draft, it was quickly learned that Giants legend Michael Strahan intended on mentoring Big Blue’s newest pass rusher.

It wasn’t until recently that we learned that Strahan and Thibodeaux actually linked up prior to the draft.

As it turns out, he’s already a believer in the Oregon product. Strahan was on with his former teammate, Tiki Barber, on WFAN’s Tiki & Tierney last week and raved about Thibodeaux.

“I believe we got a good pick who’s going to bring some joy to Giants fans for some years to come,” Strahan said. “I just hope he’ll allow me to help him as much as I can if there’s anything he needs.”

During the better part of Strahan’s career, his play most certainly gave fans something to be excited about.

New York Giants' Michael Strahan reacts to the fans as he leaves the field after the Giants beat the Arizona Cardinals, 42-19, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2005, at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Bill Kostroun)

Strahan’s guidance can only accelerate Thibodeaux’s path to being one of the league’s premier pass rushers. The Giants, of course, had one of the NFL’s best pass rushes when they won Super Bowl XLII — Strahan’s final year.

“He understands that in order for all those other things to happen, as you and I did, that you gotta be a great football player, because that’s your primary business,” Strahan said. “Never mess up your primary business expecting for a secondary business to take off. Because at his age, there’s no business that’s going to be as good for him as football will be for him. And he gets that, he understands it and I think the kid’s gonna be a great player.”

Thibodeaux has very high expectations for himself — such high expectations that he is expecting to average a sack a game from the jump. That is something that caught Strahan’s attention.

Kayvon Thibodeaux (5) answers questions from media at the NFL football team's rookie minicamp in East Rutherford, N.J., Friday, May 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Noah K. Murray)

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“Seventeen, 18 sacks? I remember coming out of college and saying I wanted 10. He’s a little greedier than I am,” Strahan joked. “But I think with this kid, he could possibly do it with the position that he’s playing, with his athletic ability. And you know, [new defensive coordinator] Wink Martindale. Wink just sends pressure, baby. Wink does not hold back.”

Thibodeaux hopes to thrive out of the gate, and Giants fans certainly need someone to get excited about as the team has been playing sub-par football for the better part of the last decade.

After years of first round picks falling short of expectations, the Giants hope they finally have a first-round pick (or two) to be excited about.