Today you are in for a surprise as we deliver to you the complete story about the man behind the stardom. We all know who Michael Strahan is on television, but do we really know the stories behind the man. He wasn’t born a football star, it was a tough and truly unique upbringing that saw him become the star that he truly is today. We’re going to list out some fact that you will no doubt find extremely shocking. This story definitely isn’t one that you want to pass by.
Raised In Germany
People assume most football players were raised on American soil and we can’t blame them seeing as Football is a very, very American sport. That said, Michael Strahan wasn’t. While he was born in Houston, Texas but spent most of his young life in Germany.
His father was U.S. Army major and was stationed in Mannheim, West Germany. Michael spent almost ten years there. He learned all about the customs of Germany and learned to really love the country like it was his own.
Almost Didn’t Play High School Football
Given that he was in Germany, Michael couldn’t play high school football. Any football player knows that high school football is a major part of a player’s early success. His passion for football was so great that his father didn’t want to see it wasted.
He ended up sending Michael back to America to live with his uncle during his senior year of high school. He attended Westbury High School in Houston and was impressive enough to garner a scholarship from Texas Southern University.
Homesick In America
When Michael first returned to the United States he was homesick and calling his parents every single day. His father stated the following, “In a way, Michael had been sheltered. Coming back to the States was a cultural shock for him.”
Michael himself confirmed this by saying, “Man, I was scared to death. I was homesick for my mom and dad. It was extremely tough. Nothing was natural.” He would often tell his father that he wanted to go home to Germany and his dad had to assure him that he was home.
Brought Up By A Boxer
Football players are tough. Their job is run and get tackled on a nightly basis. These men have to keep up their appearance despite suffering through injuries. You can bet that these guys are tough and they are usually brought up tough.
Michael Strahan had one tough father growing up. Not only was he a major in the army, but he also was a boxer who had a 1-1 record again Ken Norton, a future heavyweight boxing champion. His son was born to be tough.
Not Rookie Of The Year
While he did get his start with the New York Giants in 1993, Michael wasn’t exactly rookie of the year. His start was rough and not very promising. A lot of rookies find themselves in this situation. Whilst some work their way out, others do not.
His first season was plagued with injuries and he was only able to participate in nine games. He completely missed both of their playoff games which would have looked good for him. He actually didn’t have a real breakout year until 1997.
Following Uncle’s Footsteps
Growing up, Michael had very little interest in following in his father’s footsteps of being a boxer or a major in the army. It just didn’t sound like the life for him. He always loved football and that is where he took after his uncle Art.
He also played defensive end and even won himself a scholarship to Texas Southern University. He then went pro and played for the Oilers and Atlanta Falcons. He himself was really great in his days, but he never reached the legendary status of Michael.
Questioning His Future
Concerning his earlier days, Michael stated, “My dad had told me he thought I was good enough to get a football scholarship. I’d only played football a year, but he told me to do it, that I was good at it, and I believed him.”
Yet his father stated in an interview. “One of the things I kind of questioned was would Michael have the courage to deal with it? He was easygoing, and his speed and strength – and his courage – were deceptive.”
First Days On The Field
Upon coming to America, Michael kept his passion for football, but had never played organized football in his life. He felt so weird out on the field, “I never thought I could (play high school football).” He said. Yet there was a lot more.
He further stated, “I had to figure it out as I went. I thought I was just a guy on the field to take up space, but it was because of my lack of knowledge more than anything else, and not my desire.” His passions definitely pushed him into stardom.
Strahan’s Toughest Coach
When looking back at all the coaches that he has had through the years, Michael says nobody was as tough on him as his uncle Art. Michael recalls, “I remember Uncle Ray taking me in the front yard and slapping me around and showing me all different kinds of techniques and not taking it easy on me,”
Art explained in an interview how he wanted to mold his nephew, “I had to develop an attitude where you had a right to get tired, but you didn’t have a right to quit. I didn’t want to give him an excuse for failure. I told him, ‘Michael, you’ve got to kill the will of the man across from you because pain don’t discriminate.’ ”
Growing Up Fast
Michael Strahan’s life was changing fast. In the space of two years, he left his sheltered life in Germany, played high school football and landed himself at Texas Southern University on a scholarship to play football. He was a relatively innocent man in a jungle.
“At TSU, I grew from a boy to a man in a lot of different ways. I didn’t know anything when I got there, and I was around all these guys who were big and tough and strong and fast and grew up playing football. I had to grow up really fast.”
Weight Loss In Late Career
Playing defense, Michael spent most of his career as a really big guy with lots of power and a huge amount of speed. It is what made him one of the greats. As he got older, he lost a ton of weight and shrunk down by 90 pounds.
It was his way of keeping up his speed and ending his career on a major high note. He looked completely different by his final season. He had slimed down but was still a monster on the field. Nobody was going to stand in this man’s way.
Once Michael Strahan retired from football, he decided to delve into the world of acting. FOX offered the football star his very own sitcom called Brothers. The show was an immediate flop and was canceled after only 13 episodes.
The show was about a man who moves back in with his parents in Houston, Texas after retiring from the NFL. Today the show is largely forgotten, but it had some funny moments during its run. One has to wonder why it wasn’t a major hit.
Michael Strahan has four children from two different women. This has zero effect on the relationship between his kids and the four of them are all very close. He reported in an interview with People how he felt about his family.
He said, “You worry how the kids will mix and blend, but brothers and sisters are brothers and sisters regardless of different mothers.” He also reported that he is always on planes and phones trying to play an active role in his children’s lives.
Live! With Michael & Kelly
The world outside of football fans didn’t really know who Michael Strahan was in 2012. Brothers tried to make a hit out of him, but didn’t quite work. It was when he joined forces with Kelly, formally of Live! With Regis And Kelly.
The two together to create the new and improved show called Live! With Michael And Kelly. Michael was miles away from what Regis was and many wondered if it’d work out. It didn’t take long for audiences to fall in love with his wits and charm. He was on the show until 2016.
An Activist At Heart
Strahan has always been a major supporter of gay marriage rights. The world found this out back in 2011 when he filmed a marriage equality commercial. While a lot were proud of him, some were completely caught off guard.
When pressed asked him how he felt about it, Strahan said, “As a defensive end for the New York Giants, I always played the game tough, but fair. And I feel it’s unfair to keep committed couples from being married.”
Michael Strahan has had a ton of success from the early 1990’s and onward. Everybody knows that football brings in a lot of money, but that is only one part of Strahan’s career. The guy has done a lot of things over the years.
This means that the guy is rolling in money. After playing multiple seasons of professional ball, winning a Super Bowl and then starring on Live! With Michael And Kelly, Strahan has garnered himself an impressive net worth of $65 million.
Powerhouse On Social Media
Michael Strahan has had an influence on the world that few athletes get to have outside of the world of sports. You can best see this on his social media accounts. He is active on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Strahan currently has 775k followers on his Facebook, over 1.42 million people reading his tweets on Twitter and 915k people looking at his pictures on Instagram. Talk about having some serious popularity.
The Year Of Michael
Michael Strahan proved quickly that he was no ordinary player on the field. He was a powerhouse that knew how to take down with ease a member of the opposing team. Size never mattered to Strahan. The guy had moves that would sends the biggest players to the ground.
By the year 2001 he already broke a NLF record for performing the most sacks in a single season. It was at that point that the world of sports turned to him and knew he was something special. He was about to take things to the top.
While he was a football star and constantly winning games, his life wasn’t all fun and game. Strahan had a number of hardships. One of the toughest points in Michael Strahan’s life was when he had to carry out divorce proceedings with his wife Jean Muggil.
While his previous marriage ended quite smoothly, it became quite clear that Jean wasn’t going to go easy on him. His once happy marriage would soon be the center of a media storm. She was going to try to take him for everything he was worth.
Pointing The Finger At Him
She would go on record and accuse the Football star of all sorts of horrible things that he has flat-out denied. She wasn’t about to make things smooth for him. She was going to completely ruin his reputation if she could.
Not only did she drag his name through the dirt, but she also took him for millions of dollars. Thankfully, today the couple has ceased all bitterness and speak to each other on good terms. That said, he will always need to keep his guard up around her.
His Feelings About Divorce
Michael Strahan has gone on record and has stated, “Personally, getting divorced is probably one of the toughest things I’ve ever gone through but it was also a learning experience and I learned a lot about myself.” It was ultimately a very good experience.
He didn’t only learn about himself, he further stated, “I learned a lot about a lot of the people who were around at that time and some aren’t around anymore, ”He has further said, “One thing I’ve learned, the whole public relationship thing doesn’t work,”
He’s Got A New Love
In 2016, Michael Strahan announced that he had a new love in his life in the form of Kayla Quick. She may appear like your average girl in her twenties, but she comes with an interesting twist that will no doubt catch you completely off guard.
Firstly, she isn’t famous or a movie star, just the average girl. She even was arrested in 2005 for robbery. She sounds like one interesting girlfriend to have around. no doubt, she will keep Strahan in touch with your youth.
Rumors Of Unhappiness
Live! With Michael And Kelly was no doubt a great job. It was the gig that brought Michael Strahan to the masses. That said, he didn’t think twice when he dumped the job for a slot on Good Morning America.
While he is majorly popular on the show and has even won two Emmys for his performance, rumor has it that he is unhappy with the job and longs to return to his position on Live! With Michael And Kelly.
His Own Clothing Line
Michael Strahan has to be one of the most versatile stars in the world of show business. Not only has he been an actor, host and athlete, he is also a fashion designer. In 2015 he launched his own clothing line called Collection By Michael Strahan.
He works through J.C. Penny and they sell suits, belts, collared shirts, ties and suspenders. We must say, the former football player does know how to dress in style. Everyone should drive to dress in such a classy and cool way.
He Would Kneel
One of the biggest controversies in Football right now is athletes taking the knee during the national anthem as a way to call for equality in the United States. During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show Stahan completely opened up.
During his time on the show, he stated the following, “I think I would have [kneeled],” he said. “I would have had a conversation with my father, and based on that conversation, and conversations, I’ve had with him, I’m pretty sure I would have.”
Written By Michael Strahan
Michael Strahan has even sat a desk and has written his own book titled Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life. The book is over two hundred pages of motivation and inspiration.
You get to hear the about the secrets of success from a man who has made a ton of his dreams come true. He is now a Super Bowl winner turn into a New York Times bestselling author. If you want to have a good read, make sure you pick up this book.
At the humble age of 46, Strahan is not showing any signs of slowing, in fact in 2016, in addition to his job on Good Morning America, Strahan has become the host of a game show called The $100,000 Pyramid. This was special to him.
He stated during an interview that it was his favorite game show growing up. Imagine how lucky someone is to be able to host their favorite game show. Strahan has truly had a blessed life. He is living his childhood dream as an adult.
Kelly Wants Him Back
Since leaving Live! With Michael & Kelly, Strahan’s career has been on a huge uprise. One cannot turn on the TV and not see Strahan. Meanwhile, Kelly hasn’t been having the same success with her new co-host.
It has been rumored that she is actually trying to get Strahan back. The show hit its glory days when those two were together. That said, he is actually quite content with where he’s at. We don’t think we’re going to see Strahan and Kelly together again anytime soon.
Three Times Married
Michael Strahan has bent down on one knee and put a ring on a woman’s finger three times. His first marriage was to Wanda Hutchins and lasted from 1992 to 1996. After that, he went on to marry Jean Muggli. His journey wasn’t over yet.
That marriage went from 1999 to 2006. The last time he slipped a girl the right was to Nicole Murphy, the former wife of comedic legend Eddie Murphy. Sadly, the couple split up in 2014. The quick end to that relationship had the whole world in wonder.
Why It Didn’t Work With Nicole
Nicole broke off their two-year relationship in 2014 right as Michael was getting inducted into the Hall of Fame. What was the reason for this? Apparently, the football player had been unfaithful during their time together.
She just happened to discover his cheating ways around that time. Another reason sighted for their breakup was that the two had very conflicting schedules and they would go weeks without seeing one another. That isn’t good for a relationship at all.