Michael T Strahan is an American retired professional American football player who currently works as a television personality and talk show host. Strahan also dabbles in acting and film production.
As a football player, Michael Strahan played all his 15 seasons for National Football League (NFL)’s New York Giants. Strahan is considered one of the most successful pass rushers in NFL’s history. He currently holds the record for the most quarterback sacks in a single season. He’s most noted for inspiring the Giants to win Super Bowl XLII against the New England Patriots, during his final season in 2007.
After retiring from the NFL, Michael Strahan became a renowned television figure. He has appeared in numerous talk shows, mostly as a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday and as a co-host of Good Morning America on American Broadcasting Company (ABC). Strahan was also a co-host of Live! with Kelly and Michael from 2012 to 2016.
Michael Strahan was born on November 21, 1971, in Houston, Texas, United States, to Gene Willie Strahan and Louise Traylor Strahan. His father is a retired Army Major as well as a former boxer who’s best known for his 1 – 1 record against future boxing heavyweight Ken Norton, whereas his mother is a basketball coach.
Strahan began playing organized football at Mannheim American High School, a United States Department of Defense Dependent High School located in in Käfertal (Mannheim). He was a linebacker for the school’s football team, the Mannheim Bison, in 1985.
Strahan was not involved with football again until his senior year in Westbury High School. But thanks to his spectacular display for that one season, he received a football scholarship offer from Texas Southern University. Strahan joined Texas Southern University and played for the college’s football team as a defensive end.
During his senior year in college, Michael Strahan was selected All-America first team by four media outlets, including the Associated Press. Various outlets also selected him as Division I-AA Defensive Player of the Year.
Strahan was also named the Southwestern Athletic Conference’s First Team during his senior season in college (1992 – 1993), as well as the Black College Defensive Player of the Year.
In 1993, Michael Strahan graduated from Texas Southern University and was subsequently drafted by the NFL’s New York Giants as the 40th pick in the second round. Strahan played all his 15 NFL seasons as a defensive end for the Giants until his retirement in 2007.
The following are some of Strahan’s most notable NFL achievements, records, and honors:
• Associated Press First-team College-division All-American Award in 1992
• Edd Hayes’ Black College Sports All-American Award in 1992
• AP NFL Defensive Player of the Year Award in 2001
• 2 NFC Defensive Player of the Year Awards, in 2001 & 2003
• NFL Single-Season Sack Record (22.5) (2001)
• 100 sacks club
• 2 NFL sacks leader, in 2001 and 2003
• Induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014
• Induction into the Black College Football Hall of Fame in 2014
• Super Bowl champion (XLII)
• 4 First-team All-Pro Awards, in 1997, 1998, 2001, 2003
• 2 Second-team All-Pro Awards, in 2002, 2005
• 7 Pro Bowl, in 1997–1999, 2001–2003, 2005
Michael Strahan ventured into television after retiring from the NFL. He has frequently appeared as a sports analyst on Fox NFL Sunday.
Strahan has also appeared as a co-host of ABC’s Good Morning America, as well as on Live! with Kelly and Michael.
Other notable television shows that Strahan has hosted include Pros vs. Joes, the home improvement show Backyard Stadiums, and the television game show The $100,000 Pyramid.
Michael Strahan has accumulated a net worth of $70 Million, as of April, 1, 2022. Although Strahan retired from football more than a decade ago, he still credits the majority of his wealth to his successful NFL career.
During his NFL career, Strahan reportedly earned $60 million in football salary alone. In the 2002 – 2003 season, he became one of NFL’s highest-earning players after taking home $20.6 million that year.
Michael Strahan has also earned millions from endorsements. Strahan currently makes roughly $17 million annually, most of which comes from endorsement earnings.
Strahan has also flipped several real estate properties over the years.
In 2015, Strahan sold his 15,600-square-foot mansion located in the Los Angeles’ lavish neighborhood of Brentwood for $21.5 million. He had acquired the property in 2013 for $16 million. In 2014, Strahan sold his 1,911-square-foot condo in lower Manhattan for $2.4 million. He purchased the condo in 2008 for $1.665 million.
It’s worth noting that Strahan’s net worth could have been way higher if it weren’t for his expensive divorce from his second wife, Jean Muggli.
The NFL legend reportedly paid Muggli $15.3 million in divorce settlement. The court also ordered him to pay an additional $18,000 in monthly child support until their twin daughters, Isabella and Sophia, turned 18.
1. Prove your worth
Michael Strahan was drafted by the New York Giants as the 40th pick in the second round, probably because the club didn’t consider him so much of a promising player. Regardless, Strahan went on to become one of the Giants’ most dependable players.
2. The end of one career might just signal the beginning of another
Many athletes struggle to stay relevant after retiring from professional competitions. However, Strahan is credited for making a rather seamless transition from sports to television.
3. Give back
Michael Strahan is noted for his various charitable undertakings. He has contributed to numerous charitable causes, including making monetary donations to Nike’s Let Me Play global campaign and volunteering at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
• We’re our own worst enemy. You doubt yourself more than anybody else ever will. If you can get past that, you can be successful.
• My ultimate goal is for that next generation coming up, who didn’t see me play, go, ‘Oh, he used to play football?’
• I love being the person my kids depend on to learn. Everything they learn, for the most part, comes from you – how they treat people, how they look at the world, how they process things. I love being that example for them, just like my parents were for me.
• My goal had been to win a championship, work toward the Hall of Fame, have my jersey retired by the team and I’d go in as a lifelong New York Giant, but I’m now resigned to the fact that this won’t happen.
• They don’t tell you how to be on TV – they put the camera on you, and they turn it on, and you sink or swim.
Michael Strahan is a former American football player who had an illustrious NFL career before retiring in 2007.
Strahan is currently involved in a number of television projects, mainly as a sports analyst. He has accumulated a net worth of $70 million as of November 1, 2021.