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.