November 21, 1971 (51)
Michael Strahan is an American television personality and former professional football player, famously recognized for his Hall of Fame career with the New York Giants in the National Football League (NFL), as well as his ensuing success on daytime and news television.
Strahan’s journey from the football field to the small screen is nothing short of extraordinary. After a phenomenal career as a defensive end for the New York Giants, where he set the record for the most sacks in a single season and helped the team secure victory in Super Bowl XLII, Strahan hung up his cleats in 2008. He then transitioned seamlessly into broadcasting, co-hosting Fox NFL Sunday before his breakout role as co-host of Live! with Kelly and Michael, a position he held from 2012 to 2016. Additionally, his charismatic presence was further showcased in his role as a host of Good Morning America and $100,000 Pyramid.
Strahan’s versatility has enabled him to collaborate with an array of celebrities across different sectors. From his on-screen chemistry with Kelly Ripa in Live! to engaging exchanges with George Stephanopoulos and Robin Roberts on Good Morning America, Strahan has proven himself as a team player. His NFL analysis with Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long, and Jimmy Johnson demonstrates his comprehensive sports knowledge, while his affable interviews with guests like Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, and Lady Gaga on $100,000 Pyramid display his broad appeal and effortless charm.
In terms of awards and distinctions, Strahan’s career is adorned with notable recognitions. His exceptional prowess on the football field earned him a well-deserved induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014. On the other hand, his venture into television also came with its own set of prestigious awards. Live! with Kelly and Michael garnered him a Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Talk Show Host in 2016, and Good Morning America has been honored with the Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Morning Program multiple times during his tenure.
Off-screen, Strahan is a passionate advocate for animals. While he doesn’t flaunt a household full of pets, he regularly uses his platform to raise awareness about animal rights and has supported animal non-profit organizations. In 2018, he notably partnered with the Guide Dog Foundation to raise funds for guide dogs for the visually impaired, demonstrating his commitment to causes that improve both human and animal lives.