CANTON, Ohio -

It was a star-studded Saturday night in the birthplace of football.

A new class was enshrined and Michael Strahan continued the Houston tradition in the Hall of Fame.

He played just one year at Westbury High School then starred at Texas Southern.

Strahan made sure to display his Houston pride.

"I want to say it was perfect for me," he said during his induction speech. "I didn't get swallowed up. I had coaches who cared about me, who loved me. The thing that I learned most at Texas Southern was I had to grow up."

Strahan played 15 seasons, all with the New York Giants. His career took off in 1997 and he never looked back.

He wound up winning a Super Bowl and even now at the age of 43, he's humbled by the opportunity he had to leave his impact on the NFL.

Now, he'll forever be remembered in Canton.

"I was crazy enough to play 15 years and fortunate enough to play 15 years," Strahan said. "Over those 15 years, I feel like I played three generations of players."