Michael Strahan at the Giants' Super Bowl XLII championship parade.
November 21, 1971|
|NFL Draft:||1993 / Round: 2 / Pick: 40|
|Career highlights and awards|
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Michael Anthony Strahan (//; born November 21, 1971) is a retired American football defensive end who spent his entire 15-year career playing for the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). During his tenure with the Giants, Strahan set a record for the most sacks in a single season in 2001, and won a Super Bowl in his final season in 2007. After retiring from the NFL, Strahan became a media personality. He is currently a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday, and he also serves as co-host on the television morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael alongside Kelly Ripa. He starred in and produced the short-lived Fox sitcom Brothers and appeared as host for Pros vs. Joes alongside fellow Fox football analyst Jay Glazer. On February 1, 2014, he was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
- 1 Early life
- 2 College career
- 3 Professional career
- 4 In the media
- 5 Live! with Kelly and Michael (2012–present)
- 6 Personal life
- 7 Philanthropy
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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Strahan was born in Houston, Texas. He is the son of Gene, a boxer with a 1-1 record against future heavyweight Ken Norton, and Louise Strahan, a basketball coach, and the nephew of retired pro football player Arthur Strahan. He is the youngest of 6 children. Gene was a major in the U.S. Army, and when Michael was 9, the Strahans moved to an army base in Mannheim, Germany. Although Strahan did not begin to play high school football at Westbury High School (Houston, Texas) until his senior year, he did play organized football while attending school in Mannheim, Germany, playing linebacker for the Mannheim Redskins in 1985. The summer before Strahan's senior year of high school, his father sent him to live with his uncle Art in Houston so he could attend Westbury High School. Strahan played one season of football, which was enough for him to get a scholarship offer from Texas Southern University. He then flew back to Germany for the spring term, where he graduated from Mannheim Christian
Strahan followed in the footsteps of his uncle Art, who also played defensive end at Texas Southern University. Strahan was so dominant he drew double teams, and TSU coaches dubbed Strahan double teaming "Strahan rules." By his junior season, Strahan began to turn himself into an NFL prospect. As a senior at Texas Southern, Strahan was selected All-America first team by The Poor Man's Guide to the NFL Draft, The Sheridan Network, Edd Hayes Black College Sports Report and the Associated Press. He recorded 62 tackles with a school-record 19 quarterback sacks and 32 tackles totaling 142 yards in losses. He was also selected Division I-AA Defensive Player of the Year by The Poor Man's Guide and Edd Hayes Black College Sports Report. In 1992 he was named 1st team All-Southwestern Athletic Conference and the SWAC's Player of the Year for the 2nd consecutive season. He was also named Black College Defensive Player of the Year. As a junior in 1991, Strahan led the SWAC with 14.5 quarterback sacks. His 41.5 career sacks is a Texas Southern record.
Awards and honors
- First-team AP College-division All-American (1992)
- Edd Hayes' Black College Sports All-American (1992)
- Inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame (2014)
Strahan was drafted in 1993. He played in only 9 games due to injuries, and missed the playoff game that season. After a few unremarkable seasons, Strahan had a breakout year in 1997, recording 14 sacks. He was voted into his first Pro Bowl and was also named First Team All-Pro by the Associated Press. In 1998, Strahan continued his success, racking up 15 sacks and being voted into his second Pro-Bowl and All-Pro team.
Strahan was a member of the 2000 Giants and participated in their playoff run to Super Bowl XXXV. Despite coming off a strong NFC Championship Game, where the Giants defeated the Minnesota Vikings 41–0, the Baltimore Ravens proved too strong for the Giants, who were handily defeated 34–7 In 2002, Michael Strahan and the Giants negotiated on a new contract. He said the team failed to negotiate after he turned down its first contract proposal. He accused the front office of not trying to be competitive in 2002. Four days later, running back Tiki Barber ripped him for being selfish and greedy. The two had a heated phone conversation that night, and Strahan said they no longer speak. It also surfaced in the spring that the Giants explored trading Strahan, after which he suggested that management had orchestrated the contract flap to make him look bad. The team denied that.
Few defensive ends in the NFL were more dominant than Strahan from 1997 to 2005. He was named the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and was a two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year (in 2001 and 2003). Throughout the greater part of the 2004 season, Strahan was injured with a torn pectoral muscle, which limited him to only 4 sacks. He rebounded in 2005, returning to the Pro Bowl, with his protégé, Osi Umenyiora as the two combined for 26 sacks while anchoring the Giants' defense.
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It looked as though Strahan would retire after the 2006 season when he did not report to Giants training camp and missed the entire preseason, but the 14-year veteran opted to return for one final year. On October 23, 2006, with a sack of Drew Bledsoe in a Monday night game against the Dallas Cowboys, Strahan tied Lawrence Taylor for the Giants franchise record for most career sacks with 132½. It was the last sack Strahan would get that season, as two weeks later he suffered a Lisfranc fracture against the Houston Texans and would miss the remainder of the season and the playoffs.
His 15th and final season proved to be the Giants' best season since 1990. On September 30, 2007, he sacked Donovan McNabb from the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football, increasing his career total to 133.5, setting a new franchise record. This total does not include 9½ sacks accrued by Taylor in his rookie season of 1981, the year before sacks became an official NFL statistic. On Sunday February 3, 2008, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, Strahan had 2 tackles and 1 sack in Super Bowl XLII, in what is considered one of the biggest upsets in NFL history. Bolstered by a strong defense and unrelenting pass rush, the Giants went on to win the game 17-14, over the then-undefeated 18-0 New England Patriots, giving Strahan his first Super Bowl win as an NFL starter. His saying was "Stomp you out!"
Strahan retired with a 2008 Super Bowl Title (his last game), 141.5 career sacks, 854 career tackles, 4 career interceptions, 24 forced fumbles and 3 career touchdowns in 200 games over a 15 year career (through 2007 season). He was also named to the Pro Bowl roster seven times.
Super Bowl XLVIII, played in East Rutherford, New Jersey, was dedicated to Strahan upon his induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. Strahan performed the ceremonial coin toss, accompanied by the other members of that year's PBHOF class. Strahan also commentated on the trophy presentation for Fox, since Terry Bradshaw (who had commentated on the trophy presentations for Fox's previous Super Bowl broadcasts) was mourning the death of his father.
Strahan's 2001 record-breaking sack
In the 2001 season, Strahan set the NFL record for sacks in a single season with 22.5, the highest tally since it was made an official statistic in 1982; (breaking New York Jets' Mark Gastineau's total of 22). In the final game of the season, with Strahan coming free, Packers quarterback Brett Favre slid down and Strahan fell on top of Favre for an easy sack. After the play, during the ensuing celebration, many of the Giants' defensive players patted Favre on the helmet. At least one observer accused Favre of deliberately falling to ensure that Strahan would get the record. However, Packers right tackle Mark Tauscher claimed it was just a bad play and "we wanted to avoid that sack." New York Times columnist Mike Freeman wrote, "Yes, Mr. Favre, Strahan deserves the record, but please, handing it to him the way you did, as if you were throwing change into a Salvation Army bucket, is the kind of mistake Favre may never live down."
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In the media
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- Strahan was the host of the home improvement program Backyard Stadiums on DIY Network, where he and a team of contractors and gardeners lay out sports courses and goals in backyards.
- On June 24, 2008, it was announced that Strahan would be joining the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show, alongside Curt Menefee, Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson.
- In September 2008, Strahan starred in VIP Like Me, a web series for Snickers.
- Strahan stars in award winning commercial series for Vaseline Men
- Strahan alongside New York Giants DE Justin Tuck also appears in Subway's 5 Dollar Foot Long commercials.
- Strahan did a commercial for CA technologies for their new product Total Defense r12.
Live! with Kelly and Michael (2012–present)
On October 1, 2010, Strahan co-hosted Live! with Regis and Kelly with Kelly Ripa for the first time when Regis was absent for that show. Regis left in November 2011, leaving an empty spot. After twenty guest appearances over two years, Strahan was selected as Kelly Ripa's new co-host on September 4, 2012, marking his first official day on the rechristened syndicated talk show, Live! with Kelly and Michael. Ratings instantly surged, impressively generating year-over-year time slot gains across all key demographics. Towering over its nearest competition, the fourth hour of NBC's Today Show, by 87 percent,
Strahan was married to his first wife, Wanda Hutchins, in Germany until 1996. They have a daughter, Tanita Strahan (b. 1992), and son, Michael Anthony Strahan, Jr. (b. 1995). Strahan then moved them to the US and purchased a $163,000 house in the same Houston neighborhood in which his parents reside; he pays $2,500 monthly in child support.
In 1999, he married Jean Muggli of North Dakota after meeting at a Manhattan spa. They have twin daughters, Sophia and Isabella Strahan (b. 2004). They divorced acrimoniously in 2006. In January 2007 Judge James B Cooney awarded Muggli $15 million in a divorce settlement in addition to $18,000 monthly child support. In her testimony, Muggli claimed that their (at the time 20-month-old) daughters liked "to be accessorized", and that “Isabella doesn't like to leave the house without a purse” and that the children's preferences justified her spending $22,500 on photo shoots, $27,000 on clothing, and $1,700 for sign language classes. (Neither daughter is hearing impaired.) With this being more than half of his $22 million in assets, Strahan appealed. In March 2007, divorce judge Cooney ordered the mansion to be auctioned and the sales money split evenly with Jean; the house is valued at $3.6 million.
In 2002 he had a multimillion dollar restoration and renovation done  on Georgian Heights, a home built in 1906 at 99 Lloyd Ave, a red brick house with a carriage house and greenhouse that he bought in 2000 for $1.3 million. Before moving in he allowed the Junior League of Montclair-Newark to use his house as a model home for its Montclair Junior League show house charity fundraiser. From May 28–31 the League decorated the mansion, had a 'bare bones' party and a black-tie affair; they also held $25 tours  to fund Junior League programs called Children At Risk and HomeCorp. Children At Risk aids children and families  and HomeCorp is a housing agency that helps low income people achieve home ownership.
"Basically, we're redoing our house to let strangers walk through it for a month," Strahan said. "It's a month-long fundraiser. They'll come in and decorate, paint the walls. They'll hang the curtains, bring in furniture, light fixtures. None of it will be ours. When they're done, if we want something, we get it at cost."
In February 2008, Strahan and Giants teammate Justin Tuck teamed up with Nike to design their own exclusive pair of sneakers for ID studio in New York City. All proceeds of the sneakers were donated to Nike’s Let Me Play global campaign.
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- "When the record fell, shame rose". Recordonline.com. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
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- Freeman, Mike (2002-01-07). "Cheap Sack Will Cost Favre and Strahan". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
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- HOME IMPROVEMENT : Sports-Related Additions : Building a Backyard Sports Complex : DIY Network[dead link]
- "Recently retired Strahan joins FOX's pregame show". nfl.com. National Football League. 2012-07-26.
- "Snickers.com". Viplikeme.snickers.com. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- "VASELINE MEN: THE MAKING OF A MANLY LOTION". Effie Awards. 2010.
- "Vaseline Men Commercial - Michael Strahan - Hotel spot". YouTube. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
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- Kondolojy, Amanda (2012-09-10). "'LIVE! with Kelly and Michael' Scores the Program's Highest Rated Season Premiere Week in 6 Years". zap2it.com. Zap2it. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- Vacchiano, Ralph (2004-03-09). "Giants get green in free-agent blitz". Daily News. New York City. Retrieved 2008-07-10.
DE Michael Strahan is running for an at-large seat on the Montclair, N.J., Township Council. The election is May 11.
- Goldiner, David (March 20, 2005). "How Strahans' Dream Tanked: Fairy tale start, ugly end". Daily News. New York City. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
it was love at first blush when he met his future wife Jean, at the Manhattan skin-care salon where she worked 11 years ago
- Strahan brings his ex wife & kids to US and buys them a house in Texas[dead link]
- Judge orders Strahan to pay $15 million to his ex-wife [dead link]
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- $3million dollat Jean Muggli says 'Im a struggling mother'[dead link]
- Rosenberg, Rebecca (2009-03-06). "Strahan Had Lock of Love". nypost.com. New York Post. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- Rovzar, Chris (2009-03-05). "In Relationships, Michael Strahan Not So Good on D". nymag.com. New York (magazine). Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "The Celebrity Side of New York's Gay Marriage Debate". Theatlanticwire.com. 2011-06-22. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- News, Daily (2011-06-22). "Michael Strahan, Sean Avery among sports figures who support gay rights, unlike David Tyree". Daily News. New York City. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- Harrington, Maureen (June 15, 2009). "Michael Strahan & Nicole Murphy Are Engaged". People. Time Inc. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Strahan home improvement a labour of love". Giants.com. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- Lieber, Jill (May 6, 2003). "No place like home for the Strahans". USA Today. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- Falkenstein, Michelle (May 11, 2003). "BY THE WAY; First and 10, House". The New York Times. Retrieved May 12, 2010.
- "September Issue" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- "Strahan's 1906 mansion Georgian Heights is on home showcase" (PDF). Retrieved 2011-07-07.
- Garafolo, Mike (2008-02-20). "The Giants Get Their Design On". Complex Magazine. Retrieved 2008-03-10.
- "Strahan's PETA PSA". Peta.org. Retrieved 2011-07-07.
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