MICHAEL STRAHAN

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Michael An­thony Strahan was born on Nov. 21, 1971, in Hous­ton. He is the youngest of six chil­dren; his mother was a bas­ket­ball coach, and his fa­ther Gene boxed against then-heavy­weight-champ-to-be Ken Nor­ton. His dad also was a U.S. Army ma­jor, ac­count­ing for Michael spend­ing part of his youth in Ger­many and West Ger­many.

Like his un­cle Arthur Strahan, Michael played de­fen­sive end on the foot­ball team of Texas South­ern Univer­sity, where he had a schol­ar­ship. Set­ting a school record in sacks, he earned a num­ber of honors that helped set him up to be drafted by the New York Giants, with whom he spent his whole 15-year NFL ca­reer.

Dur­ing his 2001 sea­son with the New York Giants, Strahan set an NFL record for the most sacks in one sea­son. In his fi­nal year with the team (2007-08), Strahan was part of the vic­tory over the New Eng­land Pa­tri­ots in Su­per Bowl XLII. He was in­ducted into the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame in 2014.

In 2008, Strahan started shift­ing his fo­cus to­ward me­dia work by join­ing “Fox NFL Sun­day” as an an­a­lyst. Af­ter hav­ing guest-hosted “Live! With Regis and Kelly” a num­ber of times, Strahan of­fi­cially was cho­sen to suc­ceed Regis Philbin as Kelly Ripa’s co-host on the syn­di­cated week­day talk show in 2012, earn­ing two Day­time Emmy Awards dur­ing his ten­ure there.

While on “Live! With Kelly and Michael,” Strahan be­gan con­tribut­ing to ABC’s “Good Morn­ing Amer­ica,” and he be­came a full-time co-host of the lat­ter pro­gram in 2016. That is one of sev­eral jobs Strahan cur­rently holds for the net­work; along with Sara Haines, he co-hosts the week­day show “Strahan & Sara,” and he also is the host and an ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer of the re­vival of the game show “The $100,000 Pyra­mid.” In-sea­son, he con­tin­ues his “Fox NFL Sun­day” du­ties as well.

A par­ent of four chil­dren (in­clud­ing twin daugh­ters) from two for­mer mar­riages, Strahan’s name is on the cloth­ing line called Col­lec­tion. His phi­lan­thropic ef­forts in­clude his ac­tive sup­port of St. Jude Chil­dren’s Re­search Hos­pi­tal.

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