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Retired Philadelphia Eagles OL Jon Runyan: I Could Still Take Michael Strahan

July 10th, 2014 at 9:00 AM
By Dan Benton

It's been five long years since Jon Runyan last stepped foot on the field, having retired in 2009 and been elected to Congress in 2010. But that hasn't stopped his long-standing feud with retired New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan from burning deep. And as Strahan awaits induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Runyan continues to perfect his craft as a lying politician … all while continuing to take potshots at Strahan.

"Yeah, cause I'm sure we lost the same amount of weight," Runyan said when asked by TMZ Sports if he could still take Strahan.

As many politicians often do, Runyan must be suffering from selective amnesia as he's clearly misremembering his battles with Strahan. In fact, there was never a moment in which Runyan could "take" Strahan despite being signed by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2000 to do exactly that.

In their first five meetings, Strahan collected eight sacks while matched up with Runyan. By the time he called it a career following the 2007 season, Strahan had collected 14.5 sacks in 15 games against the one-time All Pro. In other words, Strahan dominated Runyan from start to finish and there was never any in between.

Still, when asked about Strahan, the best Runyan could muster up was that the gap-toothed wonder was good at "running his mouth."

Well, apparently that makes two of them then. It's nice to see Runyan fitting into his role as a Congressman so perfectly.

Of course, if he'd like to share any of those sentiments with Strahan, he can book a plane ticket to Canton, Ohio, where Strahan will officially be inducted into the Hall of Fame later this month.

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6 Responses to “Retired Philadelphia Eagles OL Jon Runyan: I Could Still Take Michael Strahan”

  1.  Krow says:

    If we assume that the salary cap in 2015 will be around $150 million then JPP and Eli could consume 20% of it … $30 million. Take the next 5-7 guys and you have another 20%. That leaves 50-ish players to scrap for the remaining 60%.

    This is what all teams face. We’re not unique. But it points out how important the draft and UDFAs have become. They leverage the cap, and I believe that we’re seeing this more and more.

    The serious contenders typically do a better job with the bottom half of their roster. And our recent decline is at least partially based on our failure to do this.

    •  GOAT56 says:

      JPP is not a concern to sign coming off a great year because we will franchise him. Cruz and other players weren’t necessarily going to get tagged but JPP will. And for him if he has a repeat of 2011 and the first half of 2012 that will be a discount. A long term deal though means be might not pay a ton salary cap wise for the first few years but will down the road.

      Drafting is always the key. Seattle and SF had good runs with their cheap QBs and draft picks playing and discounted rates but all that is changing over the next 2 years. The Redskins and Eagles will face that soon as well.

      •  Krow says:

        I know I say this too often, but the Giants are very reluctant to use the tags. Typically they only do it when they need some space to work out the details of a deal that’s already in progress. I agree with this approach. Tags are expensive … damaging to both team and player morale … and often counter-productive. I don’t see them dropping one on JPP … or anyone.

        •  GOAT56 says:

          That’s true. But JPP coming off a great year with his physical talent? We haven’t had a player like that in a long time hitting free agency. You try to negotiate but then you have to tag him. You can still negotiate after you tag him. JPP coming off a great year on the open market is a 100 mil player.

  2.  Krow says:

    As for Runyon … 91% of his campaign contributions came from shadowy PACs and large contributors. Companies holding his leash include Raytheon and Lockheed-Martin as well as building and transportaion unions. He’s your typical “bought and paid for” Congressman.

  3.  AaronF says:

    Maybe he meant if they set foot on the field at one of the high schools in his district he could “take him” on a nice tour and for some lunch.

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