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Michael Strahan makes a surprise appearance at Subway

Subway restaurant fans shared a laugh with former

Subway restaurant fans shared a laugh with former Giants defensive end and world champion Michael Strahan when he pulled up to a local store in the Footlong Nation vehicle to buy $5 Footlongs for fans before the big game in Indianapolis. (Feb. 2, 2012) Credit: AP

Former Giants great Michael Strahan made a surprise appearance at a Subway on Thursday in Indiana near Lucas Oil Stadium and bought free lunch for everyone in attendance.

There were mostly Colts fans eating lunch, but everyone was excited to see Strahan and rushed the counter for photos and autographs. Strahan made a few sandwiches with Jared Fogle before stepping outside and talking to the media. Many scribes from New York were there to greet Strahan who spent a lot of time kidding around with them.

Steve Serby of The New York Post told Strahan to make him a sandwich. With a mischievous look on his face, Strahan told Serby, "You don't want me to make your sandwich."

Strahan picked the Giants to win in a close game. He shuttered a little bit that many of the Giants are very confident that they will win. He didn't like that many sportswriters are also picking the Giants. Four years ago, they were not only underdogs, but many gave them a slim chance to win. In Indy, yes, they're still underdogs, but many are jumping on the Giants' bandwagon.

Strahan talked about a tradition that he helped start five or six years ago, where the Giants would have a Long Island pizzeria deliver food to New Jersey. That same pizzeria will deliver pizza's to the Giants in adavnce of Super Bowl XLVI.

"Umberto makes an incredible pizza, so Big Daddy, Rich Salgado, would bring them in on Fridays for me and next thing you know these big, fat offensive linemen are eating my pizza and equipment guys are eating my pizza and everybody is eating my pizza. So it started out as basically: Bring more pizzas. That’s how it started. We were winning when he did it and it was like, hey, we won, so let’s keep on bringing those pizzas down. That must have been five or six years ago, at least."

Did they have pizzas imported for Super Bowl XLII? "No, didn’t have to. We were filled up on them from the week before."

Thanks to Neil Best for the quotes. 

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