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Michael Strahan: The former NFL player’s Biography

Who is Michael Strahan?

Michael Strahan was a professional football player. He is a Superbowl champion turned sports analyst and television host.

Oh! Let’s not forget, Michael Strahan is also an actor and a philanthropist. If a particular word can define Michael Strahan, then that word is ‘versatile.’

Michael Strahan is a charismatic football player who spent his 15-year career with the NFL’s New York Giants. He played as a defensive end.

Strahan set the record for the most sacks in 2011 and won the Super Bowl XLII in 2007. He was also named the 2014 ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame Class.’

Now, this is only a pinch of information about Strahan. Are you curious about Michael Strahan’s life?

Read on to learn more.

Quick facts

Full nameMichael Anthony Strahan
Date of birthNovember 21st, 1971
Place of birthHouston, Texas, United States
Parents nameGene Willie Strahan
Louise (Traylor) Strahan
Marital statusIn a relationship
Spouse                                        Wanda Hutchins (1992 – 1996)
Jean Muggli (1999 – 2006)
Current GirlfriendKayla Quick
ChildrenTanita Strahan (1996)
Michael Anthony Jr. (1996)
Isabella Strahan (2004)
Sophia Strahan (2004)
EducationTexas Southern University
Westbury High School
Mannheim Christian School

Childhood and Family

Michael, full name Michael Anthony Strahan was born on November 21st, 1971. He is a son to Louise (Traylor) Strahan and Gene Willie Strahan in Houston, Texas.

Strahan belongs to the African-American ethnicity. His mother was a basketball coach.

Michael’s father was an American Army major who served with the 82nd Airborne Division. Gene Willie Strahan was also a boxer.

Michael Strahan

Michael has five older siblings, him being the youngest. He kept moving houses to different places during his childhood as his father was in the army.

He lived in Houston, Texas, until the age of 9. Then, due to his father’s posting, Michael and his family moved to West Germany.

He spent a fair amount of years in Germany. Later for his senior year of high school, he returned to the US and lived with his uncle, Arthur Strahan, in Texas. Arthur Strahan is a former NFL defensive lineman.

He flew to Germany yet again for graduation. So basically, Michale spent most of his childhood in Germany.

Michael Strahan childhood influence

We believe Strahan’s most significant influence is his uncle. He followed in his uncle’s footsteps and played defensive end at Texas University.

Michael Strahan’s father dies at 83

On September 4th, 2020, Michael’s dad, Gene, expired at the age of 83.

Michael paid tribute to his father on social media. He also looked back at how grateful and honored he is to be a father himself.

Gene Willie Strahan Sr. was a major and served with the 82nd Airborne Division. Gene and his wife, Louise, had been married for 63 beautiful years. They had six children, Michael being the youngest.

The GMA co-hosts also paid their tributes to Gene Strahan. Amy Robach said,

“We wanted to take a moment today; our thoughts and prayers are with our colleague Michael Strahan and his family.”

Michael Strahan education

At 9, Michael moved to Benjamin Franklin village in Mannheim, West Germany, with his family.

He joined the Mannheim American High School, an US Department of Defense Dependent High School. In 1985, he started playing football as a linebacker for the Mannheim Bison from MAHS.

For his senior year, Michael went to Houston, Texas, to attend Westbury High School. There he played a season of football. Then he immediately got a scholarship from Texas Southern University.

After that, he returned to Germany and graduated from Mannheim Christian School.

Michael Strahan relationships

Michael Strahan sure had a booming professional career. But, his love life has not been ‘that’ successful.

He had connections with several women in his life. Michael married and divorced twice.

Now, let us get in-depth.

Who was Michael Strahan’s first wife, Wanda Hutchins?

Wanda Hutchins is Michael Strahan’s first wife and, perhaps, his first love. Hutchins is an interior designer by profession.

Michael met Wanda in Mannheim, Germany, where both their fathers served the US military. Strahan and Hutchins were high school sweethearts.

As stated in his book, Michael felt surprised that a woman as beautiful as Hutchins would want to date him.

Their relationship went long-distance for a while when he returned to the US for high school. He returned to Germany for a short time.

Then, Michael returned to the US again to attend Texas Southern University. Strahan revisited Germany in his senior year. It is then Hutchins gave him the news that he was going to be a father.

And just like that, Strahan’s oldest child, a daughter named Tanita, was born in 1992 in Germany. Strahan married Hutchins soon after and relocated Hutchins and their daughter to Houston.

In 1993, their second child, a son named Michael Jr., was born. But, the marriage did not last, and the couple divorced in 1996.

Hutchins stated that the two were too young and mutually decided they would not work out. Since the divorce, the couple is still on good terms. They have successfully co-parented their children.

Hutchins has always supported Strahan in the face of bad press too.

Michael’s Second Wife, Jean Muggli and the Controversy

Michael met Jean Muggli at a Manhattan saloon in 1999. They married the same year and had twin daughters, Sophia and Isabella, in 2004.

Michael Strahan with his twin daughters.
Michael Strahan with his twin daughters.

Things started going downhill for the couple. And Michael filed for divorce after two years of marriage.

Muggli accused Strahan of physical assault and also said that Strahan was gay. The court dismissed her complaint after she confessed that he had not touched her.

During these times, his first wife, Hutchins, took her ex-husband’s side. Wanda Hutchins stated that Muggli had told her that she wished her children would die.

Strahan’s father also had some allegations to make. He said that Jean was a sick lady and needed help.

Currently, Strahan and Muggli have gotten divorced. The two of them are still fighting for the custody of their daughters.

Strahan has claimed that Muggli abuses their daughters. She also neglected to take their daughters to the court-ordered therapy sessions.

Muggli has also been keeping them from attending volleyball matches and equestrian events. The court still needs to decide on the custody of the children.

Michael Strahan’s engagement to Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife, Nicole Murphy

Michael dated Nicole Mitchell Murphy for five years. They were briefly engaged too.

They were on-and-off time and again, so they decided to permanently part ways. Rumors say that Michael Strahan had cheated on her.

Nicole got kicked out of Beverly Wilshire Hotel for banging on a door to Strahan’s room. She firmly believed that he was in there with another woman.

Despite the drama, Nicole and Michael are still on good terms with each other.

Are Keke Palmer and Michael Strahan dating?

Michael and Keke Palmer have great chemistry as the co-hosts of ‘Good Morning America 3. As much as the viewers would love for them to be a couple, they are not romantically involved,

The idea of Strahan and Palmer being a couple became existent when the former NFL star defended Keke. In the episode, Mike Johnson of ‘The Bachelorette’ asked her out on a date live on TV.

Keke got embarrassed, and it is then Michael stepped and said,

“Mike, let me tell you something. Demi’s my girl, I love this one here too now. You mess up, and I’m coming for you. You don’t want that”.

Who is Michael Strahan dating now?

Since 2016, the media has been seeing Michael with Kayla Quick. The media infrequently photograph them together.

Kayla is 20 years younger than Michael Strahan and is a convicted criminal.

Quick got arrested twice as a minor. It was for disorderly conduct and grand theft when she stole jewelry from her grandmother. After coming back from Juvenile court, Quick has not been in any legal trouble.

Michael has been keeping a low profile of his relationship. Maybe, it is because he has had bad experiences with a series of publicized relationships.

Michael Strahan career

Football Career

Early years

Michael took the first step to his football career after joining Texas Southern University. He started playing for the Texas Southern Tigers as a defensive end.

He proved himself as an NFL prospect with his double-teaming skills. Strahan got selected as ‘All America’, first-team to the NFL Draft. The Poor Man’s Guide, Black College Sports Report, and The Sheridan Network chose him.

(All-American is an American Sports Team composed of outstanding amateur players)

Strahan got awarded the ‘Defensive Player of The Year,’ Southwestern Athletic Conference’s ‘Player of The Year.’ He also received the Black College’ Defensive Player of The Year’ in his university years.

In 1991, Michael Strahan, while still a junior, led the SWAC with 14.5 quarterback sacks. He also made a Texas Southern Record with 41.5 career sacks.

Michael Strahan
Michael Strahan

Professional career with New York Giants

Strahan’s professional career began after the New York Giants drafted him in 1993. Sadly, he only played in six games and missed the New York Giants’ two playoff games due to injuries. After recovery, he had a few promising seasons.

In 1997, Michael Strahan came to the limelight for recording 14 sacks.

Early in his career, he got voted into his first Pro Bowl. The Associated Press also named him the ‘First-Team All-Pro.’

Strahan only continued to succeed by racking up 15 sacks. He again got voted into his second Pro-Bowl and All-Pro Team.

Michael Strahan continued playing for the New York Giants and became a member of the 2000 season. He participated in their playoff run to Super Bowl XXXV.

The trade-off from New York Giants and Accusations

Although New York Giants won a game against the Minnesota Vikings, they lost the Baltimore Ravens game. Strahan had negotiated a new contract. And he accused the front office and the team of not being competitive.

In 2002, Michael had a heated phone conversation with his teammate, Tiki Barber. They did not come to speaking terms after that.

The news even circulated that the Giants were looking towards trading Strahan. Michael said that the management had tried to orchestrate all these things to make him look bad. The New York Giants denied his accusations.

Later career

Amidst all that drama, Strahan kept playing for the New York Giants. Few defensive ends were more dominant than him in the NFL from 1997 to 2005.

The year 2004 was another unlucky year for him as he got injured again, limiting him to make only four shacks. He returned to the Pro Bowl again in 2015. Along with Osi Umenyiora, another defensive end, they combined 26 sacks.

From then on, Michael Strahan was sought out by many coaches and experts as the best at his position.

In the 2001 season, Michael Strahan set the highest sacks record in a single season with 22.5. In 2006, Michael and Lawrence teamed up for the Giants franchise record for the most career sacks with 132 and a half.

It was Strahan’s last sack before he suffered a Lisfranc fracture. It happened while he was playing against the Houston Texans.

In 2007, Michael Strahan played his 15th and final season, which ended with his team winning their first championship since 1990. He sacked Donovan Mcnabb from Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday Night Football. It led his career sacks to a total of 133.5, setting a new record for the Giants.

In 2008, the University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona, hosted Super Bowl XLII. Michael Strahan played his last game of the Super Bowl and made two tackles and one sack.

They won against New England Patriots giving Michael his first Super Bowl win as an NFL starter.


Michael Strahan retired from the NFL on June 9th, 2008. He retired with 141.5 career sacks, 854 career tackles. He also had 24 forced fumbles, three career touchdowns, four career interceptions in 15 years.

On January 27th, 2020, Michael Strahan announced on ‘The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon.’ He revealed that the New York Giants was planning to retire his No. 92 jerseys.

Michael Strahan media career

Fox NFL Sunday Pregame show

After his NFL Career, Michael Strahan joined the media world.

On June 24th, 2008, ‘Fox NFL Sunday’ announced that Strahan would be joining them. He joined as an analyst alongside host Curt Menefee, analyst Terry Bradshaw, etc.

Fox acquired the rights to broadcast the ‘Thursday Night Football’ in 2018. It decided to have Strahan, Bradshaw, and Long host the Fox NFL Thursday Pregame Show live from New York.

The show went live from New York City to match the other live shows that Strahan co-hosted.

Live! With Kelly and Michael

Michael co-hosted ‘Live! Regis and Kelly’ with Kelly Ripa for the first time on October 1st, 2010, due to Regis Philbin’s absence.

After Philbin left that show in 2011, the show made twenty guest appearances. In 2012, the show announced that Strahan would co-host the show alongside Kelly Ripa. It got renamed as ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael’.

Michael Strahan’s presence on the show caused a growth in ratings. It also had year-over-year time slot gains across all key demographics.

Michael Strahan with Kelly Ripa
Michael Strahan with Kelly Ripa

In 2016 Strahan announced to leave ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael’ to start working full-time on ‘Good Morning America’ (GMA).

Good Morning America/ Strahan, Sara and Keke

In 2016, Michael Strahan began working as a co-host for ‘Good Morning America.’ He even won a Daytime Emmy twice for ‘Outstanding Talk Show Host.’

In 2018, Michael Strahan began co-hosting the show along with Sara Haines, titled GMA Day. The show retitled itself as ‘Strahan and Sara’ in 2019.

Is ‘Strahan and Sara’ canceled?

No, ‘Strahan and Sara’ is not canceled. But in fact, it got renamed.

In August 2019, Keke Palmer, an American actress, joined the show. Thus, the show is now called ‘Strahan, Sara, and Keke.’

The $100,000 Pyramid

‘The $100,000 Pyramid’ was Michael Strahan’s favorite game show while growing up. He hosted the summer revival of ‘The $100,000 Pyramid’s Summer Revival’ as a part of the ‘Sunday Fun and Games’ lineup.

Michael Strahan’s other shows

  • Michael Strahan was the host of ‘Backyard Stadiums’ on DIY Network.
  • He starred in Subway’s ‘$5 Foot-long’ commercials with his teammate, Justin Tuck.
  • He also did a commercial for CA Technologies for ‘Total Defense r12.’
  • He has also been a guest on the ‘Lip Sync Battle’ in 2015 and on the ‘Wild ‘n Out’ in 2014.


Michael Strahan has also starred in and produced several films. They are:

VIP Like Me (2008)Series 
Chuck versus the Breakup (20008)SeriesMitt- the bully
Brothers (2009)SitcomMichael Trainor
Vaseline MenAward-winning series 
Black-ishSeriesJane Bug, Dre’s Cousin in the Halloween episode
Charlie’s Angels (2019)                                   FilmCameo appearance as Bosley from The Townsend Agency’s New York Branch
Magic Mike XXL (2015)FilmStripper
Ice Age: Collision Course (2016)FilmTeddy

His new documentary movie, ‘The Cost of Winning,’ is now streaming on HBO.

Strahan also published a motivational book titled ‘Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life’ in 2015.

Michael Strahan awards and recognition

Division I-AAA Defensive Player of The Year.’

  • Edd Hayes and Black College Sports’ All-American’ in 1992.
  • ‘First-Team College-division All-American’ by The Associated Press in 1992.
  • Named ‘First Team All-SWAC’ and SWAC’s ‘Player of the Year’ in 1992 and 1993.
  • Named Black College’ Defensive Player of The Year’.’First-Team All-Pro’ by The Associated Press in 1997.
  • NFL 2000s’ All-Decade Team’.
  • NFL’ Defensive Player of The Year’ in 2001 and NFL’ Single-Season Sack Record’ with 22.5 sacks in 2001.NFC’ Defensive Player of The Year’ in 2001 and 2003.
  • Inducted into the ‘Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
  • Two-time Daytime Emmy winner for ‘Outstanding Talk Show Host.’
  • To Tell the truth ‘Doris’ Winner-perfect game in 2020.

How many Super Bowls does Michael Strahan have?

Michael Strahan has two Super Bowls.

How much is Michael Strahan’s net worth?

As of 2020, Michael Strahan has a net worth of $65 million. The money comes from his career as a TV presenter, actor, film producer, and former NFL Champion.

How many houses does Michael Strahan have?

Michael Strahan recently gained $3 million after selling his Bel-Air mansion, which he owned only a year. The building was initially built in 1926 and had five bedrooms and 6.5 baths on an acre of land.

His last house at Georgian heights amounts to $1.3 million. Currently, he owns a $17 million Los Angeles Mansion.

Strahan lives in an apartment in New York City. He also owns a warehouse in New Jersey, where he keeps all his automobiles and memorabilia.

What is Michael Strahan’s salary?

Michael Strahan had his highest grossing earning as a player for the New York Giants in 2005 with a $5.2 million salary.

He earned an estimated salary of $10,000,000 as a co-host of daytime shows.

Michael Strahan controversies

Being a celebrity and not having controversies is an unusual blend. Strahan’s first controversy was when he got flak about breaking the single-season sack record.

The New York Giants even tried to trade Strahan. After that, Michael Strahan suggested that the management had planned the contract flap. He accused them of doing it to make him look bad.

The second controversy he got into was when he left the ‘Live! With Kelly and Michael’s show. Strahan described that he felt like a sidekick with Kelly. He said he got treated as if he was the guy who walked in and said, “I’m leaving.”

Despite the controversy, Michael says he does not hate Kelly but respects her for what she can do.

The last and ongoing controversy that Michael is still a part of is the divorce between him and Jean Muggli. The divorce was one hell of a drama itself.

A few days before Strahan filed for divorce, Muggli had accused him of domestic violence. The good thing is she later confessed to the judge that he never laid hands on her. Currently, they are battling over who gets custody of their twin daughters.

Michael Strahan charity

Michael Strahan is a well-known philanthropist and has dedicated himself to many charitable works.

● In 2002, Michael renovated and restored several areas at Georgian Heights. It was a house built in 1906 at Lloyd Avenue of Montclair and New Jersey.

● He allowed the Junior League of Montclair- Newark to use his house as a model house for its fundraiser event. It hosted a 4-days event and held $25 tours to fund the Junior League programs, Children at Risk, and Home Corp.

(Children at Risk helps children and families. Home Corp helps low-income families to achieve homeownership).

● In February 2008, Strahan, with his teammate, Justin Tuck, designed their own exclusive Nike sneakers for ID Studio. All the proceeds from the sneakers got donated to Nike’s ‘Let Me Play’ global campaign.

● In 2018, he volunteered at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Recently, on September 30th, he asked the public to help cure childhood cancer. He asked people to donate and learn about the organization on this site, on his social media.

● He has also given a hand to other organizations like The USO and HELP.

Michael Strahan social media

Michael Strahan is active on all social media platforms being a significant influencer. He updates his followers on his whereabouts and shares motivational videos too.

You can find Michael Strahan on Instagram as @michaelstrahan, with over 1.5 million followers, which keeps growing. Michael Strahan’s Twitter account, @michaelstrahan, is equally active too.

He has a Facebook page on his name, it is@michaelstrahan92. In Addition, he also has a website.

What is Michael Strahan doing now?

Currently, Michael Strahan is living in the Upper West Side of New York City. That place also happens to be the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic.

He has been working as a TV host and a sports analyst. Michael also appears in films and series now and then. According to BuzzFeed, he has around seven jobs; we hope they are just kidding.

Michael Strahan spends most of his time traveling between New York and Los Angeles. He has returned to ABC’s ‘The $100,000 Pyramid,’ too.

Is Michael Strahan on GMA anymore?

Much speculation has been going around about Michael Strahan leaving the GMA.

He sure is missing from his anchor desk but let me clear it out to you that he is returning soon. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Michael, Keke, and Sara host the evening show from their home.

Plus, you need not worry. The show is pre-recorded, and Strahan can fill in when the show needs him.

If there is anything you’d like to add or think we’ve missed, please feel free to comment below.