Westbury High School’s band and dance team traveled to Canton, Ohio, last weekend to celebrate former student and athlete Michael Strahan’s induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, and they had a special surprise for him.[photoshelter-gallery g_id=”G0000O0RoJJbaDH4″ g_name=”Westbury-Band-Michael-Strahan-HOF” width=”600″ f_fullscreen=”t” bgtrans=”t” pho_credit=”iptc” twoup=”f” f_bbar=”t” f_bbarbig=”f” fsvis=”f” f_show_caption=”t” crop=”f” f_enable_embed_btn=”t” f_htmllinks=”t” f_l=”t” f_send_to_friend_btn=”f” f_show_slidenum=”t” f_topbar=”f” f_show_watermark=”t” img_title=”casc” linkdest=”c” trans=”xfade” target=”_self” tbs=”5000″ f_link=”t” f_smooth=”f” f_mtrx=”t” f_ap=”t” f_up=”f” height=”400″ btype=”old” bcolor=”#CCCCCC” ]
Strahan played for Westbury for one year, and attended and played at Texas Southern University before his 15-year career with the New York Giants. The last game he played was Super Bowl XLII, which the Giants won.
While in Ohio, the band marched in two parades – one at the enshrinement ceremony and one at Cedar Point Amusement Park. After the enshrinement parade, the band and dance team had a few minutes to spend with Strahan. They arranged to have a framed Westbury jersey, which they had all signed, placed in the trunk of his parade car and were able to present it to him.
“Wow, now this is one thing I don’t have,” Strahan said.
Westbury’s band director, Reginald Washington, said Strahan was truly touched and told the students he planned to display it along with his other prized football memorabilia.
ABC13’s David Nuno caught the moment on camera.
The band also had a surprise for another inductee, Aeneas Williams. He attended Southern University, which wasn’t on hand for the festivities. Washington also attended Southern, and the band learned the school’s fight song and performed it for him so his university was represented through them.
The band toured the Hall of Fame Museum before heading back to Houston.