Justin Tuck said last week it would be a "black, gloom day for the NFL" if Michael Strahan wasn't elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Osi Umenyiora vowed he'd start tossing some furniture, too.

But when it actually happened, and Michael Strahan was surprisingly snubbed by the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters, the former Giants defensive end preferred to look at it as "a delayed blessing" — one that could lead to him being elected to the Hall during Super Bowl week in New York next year.

Strahan, the Giants' official all-time sack leader and one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history, was shockingly not included when the Pro Football Hall of Fame's Class of 2013 was announced at the Super Bowl XLVII media center on Saturday evening. He made it through the first round of voting when the list of modern finalists was cut from 15 to 10, but he was eliminated when the list was cut from 10 to 5.

Strahan, 41, seemed to take the snub in stride. His first reaction was to joke, via Twitter, that "I didn't make the Pro Football Hall of Fame this year but I did win the DirecTV Beach Bowl MVP."