Michael Strahan is a retired Ameican football player turned media personality. He played the defensive lineman position and holds the record for most sacks in a single NBA season. He also only played for the New York Giants throughout his entire 15-year league career, with whom he won a Super Bowl ring. In February 2014, he elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
As a television personality, Strahan has most recently worked as a co-host on “Live! With Kelly and Michael” alongside Kelly Ripa before moving to “Good Morning America”. He also hosts a game show on the ABC network called “The $100,000 Pyramid”.
Michael Strahan was born Michael Anthony Strahan on November 21, 1971, in Houston, Texas to his parents; Louise and Gene Willie Strahan. He was the youngest of the couple’s six children. His mother worked as a basketball coach while his father was a Major in the United States Army.
Despite being born in the U.S, Strahan spent a good portion of his childhood in Germany. This was due to his father’s work as he was posted to the Benjamin Franklin Village, a U.S Army post in Mannheim, West Germany.
Strahan attended Mannheim American High School in Germany and the Westbury High School in Houston for his senior year. His father saw his son’s athletic skills while he was schooling in Germany and decided to send him stateside to attend high school so he could try and secure a college scholarship.
The tall and athletic built teenager, who at this time was living with his uncle, Arthur Strahan, a professional footballer at the time, played just one season of high school football before earning a scholarship to play at Texas Southern University in Houston.
Michael Strahan’s Career
Michael Strahan followed in his uncle’s footsteps to play the defensive end position in college where he dominated the line of scrimmage and would often draw double teams. Strahan was so strong that he terrorized opposing quarterback players as he muscled his way through defensive lines. He began receiving statewide attention in his junior year and by his senior year, had NFL scouts coming to watch his game.
Strahan was named in the First Team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference as well as its Player of the Year for the second year running. He was further selected All-America first team by a few other associations including The Poor Man’s Guide to the NFL Draft and the Associated Press. He currently holds the Texas Southern record for career sacks with 41.5.
In the 1993 NFL Draft, Michael Strahan was selected with the 40th overall pick by the New York Giants. His first few seasons in the league were mediocre until his breakout season in 1997 where he had 15 sacks and was voted into his second Pro-Bowl and All-Pro team.
Over the following decade, Strahan dominated the game and during that time, led his team to Super Bowl XXXV which they lost to the Baltimore Ravens. He was also named NFL Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and the NFC division Defensive Player of the Year in 2001 and 2003. He ended his career on a high note in 2007, beating the undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII to win his only championship ring. Strahan ended his career with a total of 141.5 quarterback sacks which at the time ranked him fifth in NFL history.
After retiring, Strahan moved straight into television as an analyst with FOX Sports. He then starred in a FOX sitcom titled “Brothers” before he was named as a replacement for Regis Philbin in September 2012, after a number of appearances on the show whose name was changed to “Live! With Kelly and Michael”. He won an Emmy for ‘Outstanding Talk Show Host’. In April 2016, Strahan left the show to head to “Good Morning America”.
Relationship With Kelly Ripa
Kelly Ripa was Strahan’s co-host on the show “Live! With Kelly and Michael” after the latter replaced Regis Philbin. However, Michael Strahan and Kelly Ripa’s relationship got strained after Strahan announced he was leaving their show. Ripa was said to be very angry, adding that the news of his departure was not properly communicated to her. In protest of his departure, she skipped the next morning’s show, returning to work a week later. There was obvious on-screen tension between the two as Strahan apologized.
After his departure, she has continued to send direct and indirect jabs at him, describing him as “ungraceful”.
Michael Strahan’s Wife, Dating, Kids
Michael Strahan has been married and divorced twice. His first marriage was to Wanda Hutchins with whom he has two children; daughter Tanita Strahan, born in 1992, and son, Michael Anthony Strahan, Jr. born in 1995.
The couple divorced and Strahan moved on to marry Jean Muggli in 1999. Together they had twin daughters; Sophia and Isabella Strahan, born in 2004. They parted ways in 2006 in a well-publicized divorce.
Since his second divorce, Strahan has dated a couple of women, most notably Nicole Murphy, Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife. The pair were engaged in 2009 but later broke it off in 2014 due to conflicting schedules.
It was reported in 2016 that Strahan was dating Kayla Quick, a former strip club waitress who was once arrested for stealing her grand mother’s jewelry. It is unclear if they are still together as some tabloids have reported Strahan to be her ex-boyfriend.