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Michael Strahan Biography

Michael Anthony Strahan was born on November 21, 1971 in Houston, Texas, is a former American football defensive end who played for the New York Giants of the National Football League. He is currently a football analyst on Fox NFL Sunday, and also a host for Pros vs. Joes alongside fellow FOX football analyst Jay Glazer. He starred in and produced the Sunday night FOX sitcom Brothers but in December 2009 it was cancelled. Strahan followed in the footsteps of his uncle Art, who also had played defensive end at Texas Southern University. Strahan was so dominant he drew double teams, and outraged TSU coaches dubbed the double teaming “Strahan rules.” By his junior season, Strahan had begun 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 and the Associated Press, when he recorded 62 tackles with a school-record 19 quarterback sacks and 32 tackles totaling 142 yards in losses.

Michael Strahan Bio

He was also selected Division I-AA Defensive Player of the Year by The Poor Man’s Guide. 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. 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. 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. When he recorded a sack in the 2006 season, he and his teammates pretended to take a basketball jumpshot while saying BALLIN’ (from the Jim Jones rap video “We Fly High”). This team celebration was short-lived however, as officials then threatened to penalize the team with a 15 Yard Unsportsmanlike “Celebration” should they continue as a group. His 15th and final season proved to be the Giants’ best season since 1991. 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 New England Patriots, giving Strahan his first Super Bowl victory in 15 seasons as an NFL starter. His saying was ” Stomp them out!”

On June 9, 2008, Michael retired from the NFL. He told Jay Glazer of “It’s time, I’m done.”

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