Michael Strahan Declares Super Bowl Helped Him Land ‘Good Morning America’ Co-Host Gig

by Joe Rutland

Michael Strahan played in the NFL, winning a Super Bowl with the New York Giants. He believes that helped him join “Good Morning America.”

Strahan is known by many these days as a co-host on the popular ABC morning show, according to an article on PopCulture.com. Before he started interviewing celebrities and newsmakers, though, he was a fierce defensive standout for the Giants. Their 21-17 Super Bowl XLVI victory over the New England Patriots in 2012 is legendary.

During a recent appearance on the podcast “10 Questions With Kyle Brandt,” Michael Strahan talked about how that game played into his TV career. Brandt asked him if he thought he would be on “Good Morning America” without a Super Bowl victory.

Michael Strahan Says Winning Super Bowl Led To TV Show Guest Appearance

“Winning in NYC magnifies you 100 times … having a ring puts you in the national spotlight … winning an SB was the first and only time that I was ever a guest on ‘Live with Regis & Kelly,'” Strahan said. He was referring to the talk show that starred Kelly Ripka and the late Regis Philbin.

“Regis asked what I’d do next, and I said if you retire maybe I’ll take your job … not knowing that years later that’s exactly what would happen … and being on that show led me to ‘GMA’,” Strahan said. “So absolutely not!”

Michael Strahan played a heck of a Super Bowl game and quarterback Eli Manning connected with wide receiver David Tyree for what’s become known as “The Helmet Catch.” Tyree caught a Manning pass using his hand and helmet to secure the football before falling to the turf. Strahan played defensive tackle for 14 seasons with the Giants, setting a single-season sack record in 2001 with 22.5 sacks.

‘GMA’ Co-Host Won Two Daytime Emmys For Previous Work

He did spend four years on “Live! with Kelly and Michael,” co-hosting with Ripka. Strahan won two Daytime Emmy Awards for his work on that show.

In 2016, Strahan left that show for the “Good Morning America” job. Football fans also get a chance to see Strahan every Sunday throughout the NFL season as he’s an analyst on “FOX NFL Sunday.”

Michael Strahan continues to make strides in the entertainment industry, both on “GMA” and with Fox Sports. He’s been able to turn a Hall of Fame career on the football field into a lot of success. The Giants’ legend keeps soaring in his life and, yes, remains quite active through endorsements and hosting duties.

Strahan appears on your TV sets each morning you tune in to “Good Morning America.” It’s been quite a trip for him, one that’s produced winning results.