Skip to content

Michael Strahan: NFL Great Turned Media Superstar

As a longtime fan, I‘m thrilled to provide a detailed look at the life and journey of the one and only Michael Strahan!

Full Name Michael Anthony Strahan
Born November 21, 1971 in Houston, TX
Age 51 Years Old
NFL Position Defensive End
Teams New York Giants (1993-2007)
NFL Honors Pro Football Hall of Fame, 7x Pro Bowl, 4x First-team All-Pro
TV Shows Good Morning America, Fox NFL Sunday, The $100,000 Pyramid
Net Worth $65 Million
Social Profiles Facebook

Early Life & Football Beginnings

Michael Strahan grew up as the youngest of 6 children in a military family that moved frequently. He recalls living everywhere from Germany to Texas during his childhood as his father served in the U.S. Army.

Strahan went on to become a football standout at Westbury High School in Houston before playing college ball at Texas Southern University. There, he set records for most sacks in a season and dominated with his rare blend of speed and power at defensive end. His stellar college career put him firmly on the NFL radar.

Legendary Giants Career

The New York Giants drafted Strahan in 1993, and it proved to be a perfect match. Over the next 15 seasons, #92 established himself as the heart and soul of Big Blue‘s defense.

Strahan racked up 7 Pro Bowl nods, 4 First-team All-Pro selections, and the 2001 AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year award. He terrorized opposing quarterbacks, recording 141.5 career sacks including the NFL‘s single-season record of 22.5 in 2001.

Strahan‘s shining moment came in Super Bowl XLII when he led the Giants defense to a shocking upset over the previously undefeated Patriots, securing the franchise‘s 3rd Super Bowl title. He closed out his illustrious career with the storybook ending every player dreams of.

Transition to Media Superstardom

When Strahan hung up his cleats, he seamlessly transitioned into the next phase of his career in broadcast media. He displayed natural charisma and insight as an analyst on Fox NFL Sunday before becoming a fixture on morning television.

From 2012 to 2016, I loved waking up to Strahan‘s infectious energy co-hosting "Live! with Kelly and Michael" – he and Kelly had such fun, spontaneous chemistry.

Since 2016, he‘s been a core member of ABC‘s "Good Morning America" crew, now enthralling viewers with his quick wit and million dollar smile on a daily basis. He just has a knack for live TV.

Inside Michael Strahan‘s Personal Life

In his personal life, Strahan has 4 children from his first marriage and 2 daughters from his second marriage to Jean Muggli. He has an amicable co-parenting relationship with both mothers.

For hobbies outside work, Strahan enjoys fine wine, art collecting, and restoring rare cars – he has over 25 vintage vehicles! He also loves giving back; his nonprofit provides services for underserved youth.

Despite fame, Strahan remains incredibly down-to-earth. He has called his Blue Origin space flight the coolest experience of his life and still gets starstruck seeing iconic actors. His friends describe him as the most reliable, loyal guy you‘ll ever meet.

Awards & Achievements

  • Super Bowl Champion (XLII)
  • NFL sacks leader (2001)
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2001)
  • 7× Pro Bowl selection
  • 4× First-team All-Pro
  • 2× Second-team All-Pro
  • NFL Defensive Player of the Month
  • NFL 2000s All-Decade Team
  • New York Giants Ring of Honor
  • Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee (2014)

5 Fun Michael Strahan Facts

  1. His nickname in school was "Bubba Chuck" because he could play every position.
  2. He bested Brett Favre‘s Packers record for most sacks in a game with 4.
  3. Strahan loves pulling pranks on his co-hosts; he scares Michael Gelman daily.
  4. He starred in commercials for Subway, Dr. Pepper, and Pizza Hut in his playing days.
  5. Strahan played a cop in the movie Magic Mike XXL in 2015.

Why We Love Michael Strahan

There are so many reasons Strahan has become one of the most adored personalities on TV:

  • He‘s a natural entertainer with an infectious enthusiasm
  • His sports insights are interesting for both male and female viewers
  • He has great camaraderie with his co-hosts like Robin Roberts
  • He shares heartwarming stories about inspirational kids and veterans
  • He motivates people to reach for their dreams with his upbeat attitude

Michael Strahan‘s authenticity, humor, and positive spirit leap off the screen. He‘s the kind of guy you feel like you really know after years of welcoming him into your living room. Thanks for the memories and laughs, Michael!