Born November 21, 1971, in Houston Texas, Michael Anthony Strahan was a professional American football player with the New York Giants. A second round pick in the 1993 NFL draft, the personable, gap-toothed Strahan became a football analyst and talk show, co-host following his retirement in 2008.
The son of an Army major and nephew of former NFL player Arthur Strahan, Michael was the youngest of 6 children. Raised in both Houston and Mannheim, Germany, he would be recruited by Texas Southern University while a senior at Westbury High School. At TSU, Strahan would set school records for most career sacks (41.5), most sacks in a season (19) and was twice named to the All-South Western Athletic Conference 1st Team (1991, 1992) and Associated Press first team All-American (1992).
The 7-time Pro Bowl selection (1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005) was NFL Defensive Player of the Year (2001) and Sports Illustrated NFL Player of the Year (2001). He holds the NFL season sack record (22.5) and is the 5th all-time career sack leader (141.5). Following a 17-14 Giants win over the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, Strahan retired, having spent his entire career in New York. He was inducted to the New York Giants Ring of Honor in 2010 and entered the NFL Hall of Fame in 2014. His #75 TCU jersey has also been retired.
“…I like things with character. In this day, so much is generic, and I don’t want to have a generic life.”
Strahan previously created the Michael Strahan Foundation to assist disadvantaged youths in the greater New York Metropolitan area. The 6’5″ defensive end also supported St. Jude Children’s hospital, Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the Newark Mentoring Movement, Cedar Sinai’s Sports Spectacular and the USO.
The co-host of Live! with Kelly and Michael and Good Morning America has been married twice and is father to 4 children. He has been romantically tied to Nicole Mitchell (Murphy).