Giants Hall of Famer and “Good Morning America” co-host Michael Strahan is known in most corners as a pretty good guy.
That may be why he’s hoping the player who breaks his single-season sacks record is “not some jerk.”
Enter Rams defensive tackle Aaron Donald, who is three sacks away from tying the record of 22.5, and he has Strahan’s full support, according to an interview the retired lineman gave to the LA Times.
“The sack record is fantastic and it’s great,” Strahan told the LA Times. “But I hope Aaron does break it. There have been guys who have gotten close, but I just want it to be a good guy who breaks it. Not some jerk or some guy who doesn’t care about it or take pride in what he does and just kind of luckily rolls through.
“I want somebody who represents the NFL the right way. He’s that guy.”
Donald, a 2014 first-round pick by the Rams, is in his fifth year in the league and has made the Pro Bowl every year, including this one.
He has 58.5 career sacks and has reached double digits in two prior seasons, but his 19.5 so far this year represent a quantum leap and make him the odds-on favorite for Defensive Player of the Year.
Another 3.5 sacks Sunday against the 49ers would set the record and probably solidify that status.
For his part, Donald was just happy the longtime Giant took the time to acknowledge his talents.
“Any time you get a Hall of Fame player that even knows my name, you’re going to be pumped up about that,” Donald said. “So it means a lot coming from a guy like that.”