Michael Strahan put together a remarkable 15-year Hall of Fame NFL career in which he was one of the most feared defensive ends in the league, and finally won a Super Bowl when his New York Giants shocked the then-undefeated New England Patriots in 2007. But since his retirement, Strahan’s broadcasting career has been in many ways, even more remarkable.
In the latest advance in the 42-year-old Strahan’s skyrocketing career as a talk show host and all-around media personality, he confirmed Wednesday that he will be joining the on-air team at ABC’s long-running morning show, Good Morning America.
He broke the news about himself on his regular show, Live With Kelly and Michael, Wednesday, describing how he got the news of his latest good fortune.
“So what is so surprising is I had a meeting, and we talked about the possibility there, and then I went to see Captain America with Samuel L. Jackson and I get out of screening and I check my messages and I’m on Good Morning America,” the Giants single-season sacks record-holder recounted.
Michael Strahan will not be bidding America “Good Morning” every single morning, however. The assignment will be part-time and mostly in the show’s first hour.
“I don’t think I could do it every day. I have a lot going on. I have to be smart about it,” said Strahan.
Michael Strahan was drafted by the Giants in 1993 out of Texas Southern University. He retired after the Giants won the 2007 Super Bowl. He started his broadcast career as a football analyst for Fox Sports and appeared as a pitchman in commercials for products as varied as Vaseline and Subway sandwiches.
He stepped in as guest host on the syndicated Regis and Kelly show several times and developed good on-air chemistry with co-host Kelly Ripa, taking over from Regis Philbin in 2012.
On Wednesday he renewed his commitment to staying at Ripa’s side.
“I just want everyone to know and you to know that no matter what, this is my No. 1 priority, and you are my No. 1 priority, and I would never do anything to jeopardize the quality of what I do here,” said Michael Strahan on the show.