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Michael Strahan: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know

Michael Strahan Live! with Kelly Co-Host

Michael Strahan is the new co-host on Live! with Kelly (they’re probably going to have to change that name soon), replacing Regis Philbin. I never thought that Strahan would be able to share a resume item with Regis Philbin. I can’t picture those two hanging out. Regardless, it’s a fact now that it will be Strahan and Kelly beaming into your homes every morning. Let’s learn more about the new host.

1. Michael Strahan Holds the NFL Record for Most Sacks in a Single Season

In the 2001 NFL season Michael Strahan racked up 22.5 sacks. That marks the highest amount since sacks became an official stat in 1982. There is some controversy surrounding his last sack of that season. During a game against the Green Bay Packers, Strahan broke free of their offensive line and quarterback Brett Favre simply slid down, giving Strahan an easy sack. During the ensuing celebration many Giants defenders patted Favre on the helmet. Many believe that Favre took a dive purposely in order to give Strahan the record.

2. Strahan’s an Army Brat

Michael Strahan and his mom

Michael Strahan’s father, Gene Strahan, was an army major. When Michael was nine-years-old his father moved him to an army base in Mannheim, Germany. He played organized football while in Germany and came back to the U.S. to live with his uncle Art so he could play high school football his senior year. He then went back to Germany for the second semester that year so he could graduate from Mannheim Christian Academy.

3. He Supports Same Sex Marriage

In 2009, Fox mistakenly gave Strahan his own sitcom called Brothers. It was terrible and everyone agreed to forget it ever existed. Let us never speak of this again.

8. He Has a Signature Gap in His Front Teeth

Michael Strahan Teeth Gap

No profile on Michael Strahan would be complete without mentioning the gap between his two front teeth. It is his most memorable trait.

9. He’s a Future Hall of Famer

Michael Strahan Hall of Fame

Michael Strahan becomes eligible for the Hall of Fame in 2013. He’s a lock to make it in eventually, and will probably make it in on his first ballot. He’s a Super Bowl champion and a seven-time Pro-Bowler. He’s a four-time first-team All-Pro selection and a two-time second-team All-Pro selection. He was the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year and he’s a two-time NFC Defensive Player of the Year. Plus, as previously mentioned, he has the single season sacks record and is in the 100 sacks club. That’s quite the resume.

In addition, he’s well respected in the football world. He’s known for being easy going and making sure everyone is having fun while also working tremendously hard. Jon Clayton of ESPN certainly sees him getting in on his first ballot.

10. He Won the “Live! with Kelly” Gig Over 58 Other Guest Hosts

Seth Meyers Live with Kelly Tryout

Live! with Kelly tested out 59 guest hosts over 10 months and Michael Strahan is the one who won the job. Some of the other people who tried out for the job are Seth Meyers, Anderson Cooper, Josh Groban, Jimmy Kimmel, Neil Patrick Harris, Andy Samberg, Alec Baldwin, Lucy Liu, Jonah Hill, and many many more. The finalists were Groban, Meyers, and Strahan with Meyers being considered the favorite. In the end, of course, strahan won.

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