Michael Strahan is an analyst for FOX NFL SUNDAY, America’s most-watched NFL pregame show, working alongside co-hosts Curt Menefee and Terry Bradshaw and fellow analysts Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson.
Strahan joined FOX NFL SUNDAY immediately following his retirement from the NFL in 2008. He also can be seen weekdays, hosting ABC’s morning program “Good Morning America.” In addition to his television work, Michael is a partner and producer at SMAC Entertainment – a multi-dimensional talent management, branding and production company.
A top defensive captain, Strahan’s entire 15-year NFL football career was typified by the charisma and sportsmanship that made him a seven-time Pro-Bowler and one of only four players ever to lead the NFL in sacks for two seasons. He is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame class of 2014 and helped lead the New York Giants to the Super Bowl XLII championship.
A LEADER IS BORN
Strahan was drafted out of Texas Southern University in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Giants. In 2001, Strahan completed what is widely considered to be one of the greatest seasons ever for a defensive player, breaking the 18-year-old NFL single-season sack record with 22.5 sacks. His record still stands today. Additionally, Strahan was named the NFL’s 2001 Player of the Year by Paul Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated and earned the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year award, bestowed upon him by the Associated Press, making him the first New York Giant to win the award since Lawrence Taylor.
STRAHAN BRINGS A SUPER BOWL TO NEW YORK
His crowning career achievement occurred in Super Bowl XLII on Feb. 3 2008, at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz. The Giants, bolstered by a suffocating defense, unrelenting pass rush and a miraculous fourth-quarter touchdown drive, upset the then-undefeated New England Patriots 17-14 in one of the greatest Super Bowls ever played. Strahan was credited with two tackles and one sack. He retired from the NFL with 141.5 career sacks, 794 tackles, four interceptions, 21 forced fumbles and two career touchdowns in 200 games. He also holds the Giants’ franchise sacks record with 133.5.
MORE THAN JUST A FOOTBALL GUY
Strahan recently added to his broadcasting portfolio by taking on a hosting role on “Good Morning America.” With an effortless ease in front of the camera, Strahan co-hosted the popular morning talk show “LIVE with Kelly and Michael” alongside Kelly Ripa. He has also appeared on “Pros v. Joes,” which pits amateur contestants against professional athletes in a series of athletic feats. Strahan co-hosted the family cable show “Backyard Stadiums” on DIY Network and built outdoor recreational projects with his co-host. He also participated in the kid-friendly “Giants on Deck” and the YES Network’s “Sack and Renovate,” in which he led a guided tour inside his 100-year-old home.
Additionally, Strahan starred in a 30-minute sitcom on FOX from Sony Pictures Television titled “Brothers,” playing a recently retired football player who moved back to his hometown of Houston. In October 2013, Strahan’s company, SMAC Entertainment, announced the start of production on an untitled biopic on boxer Arturo Gotti, alongside executive producer Mark Wahlberg. Additionally, Strahan hosted and executive produced Nickelodeon’s inaugural Kid’s Choice Sports Awards in July 2014.
Dedicated to many charitable works, Strahan donates his hands and heart to numerous charities, including St. Jude Children’s hospital, the USO and Cedar Sinai’s Sports Spectacular. He has teamed up with Mayor Cory Booker of Newark, N.J., in the creation of the Newark Mentoring Movement, a youth mentoring program.
Strahan was a vocal and visible leader in the athletic community in the aftermath of 9/11. As the player representative for the Giants, Strahan led the charge in calling for the league to postpone its games following the event. He was also instrumental in the NFL Players Association’s decision that all NFL players donate one week’s pay to charity.
Born in Houston, Strahan spent most of his youth in Germany, where his father, Gene, was stationed in the U.S. Army. Strahan returned to the U.S. for a portion of high school and soon was recruited to play football at Texas Southern University. As a senior at Texas Southern, Strahan was selected first team All-America by the Associated Press when he recorded a school-record 19 sacks and 62 tackles, 32 of which cost opposing teams 142 yards in combined losses.