One of the biggest problems professional athletes have when they retire is what to do next. Some have decided to stay out of the public’s eyes while others choose to continue to be seen.
Michael Strahan, the former defensive end for the New York Giants, decided to become a sports analyst and appears regularly on “Fox NFL Sunday.” Though many would consider that to be enough, Michael pursued other avenues to appear on television such as Spike’s TV’s “Pros vs. Joes.” He has also appeared on several episodes as the co-host on Live with Kelly Ripa.
Now, as it appears that Strahan has made the transition successfully from a star of football to television, rumors have it that his journey will continue as the permanent co-host on the daytime talk show “Live!”
Michael, who is a seven-time Pro Bowler and a Super Bowl champion, is expected to appear on the talk show permanently and that ABC will make the announcement in early September, according to Broadcasting & Cable. Since the departure of the original talk show host, Regis Philbin, in last November, Strahan has made several appearances on the daytime talk show in last November, Strahan has made several appearances on the daytime talk show as Kelly’s co-host.
This is not the first time he has been on television and began his transition before making appearances on the talk show. Being a seven-time Pro-Bowler and a Super Bowl Champion, he retired in 2001 and immediately became a presence on television. He starred in many commercials such as Right Guard, Subway, Dr. Pepper, Snickers and others. Though he starred in the Fox sitcom “Brothers,” it turned out to be short-lived but is currently a host on “Fox NFL Sunday.”
There was talk that the job could go to “SNL” star Seth Meyers while Strahan and Josh Groban were look in; however, Meyers quickly put an end to that gossip. The word is that Michael has no plan to leave his job on Fox’s “NFL Sunday” if he gets the job with Kelly Ripa. Many say he has the personality and chemistry with Kelly Ripa to continue to make the daytime show a success.
Also, Strahan has a different take on what it would be like if he got the job. Back in May, he had a discussion with “Showbiz Tonight” that his view on the opening on “Live!” wasn’t “replacing Regis [Philbin.]” He said that, “If you put it in that aspect, it’s just too big. I just look at it as an opportunity to go on TV and tell stories and have fun and entertain myself and other people, and not look at the big magnitude and scope of it. … I think the show fits my personality.”
Kelly Ripa Co Host
Kelly Ripa has been riding solo since Regis Philbin left the show, but now she finally gets a permanent co host. It seemed like Kelly would just not commit to a Reg replacement, and she had tons of sample co hosts filtering through. They have announced that on Sept. 4, Kelly will walk into the studio with her new partner.