2016 Speaker

 

Michael Strahan

 

Michael Strahan

Emmy winner and Super Bowl Champion Michael Strahan spent four years as the co-host of top-rated, nationally-syndicated entertainment talk show "LIVE with Kelly and Michael."  He currently serves as co-host for leading morning program, ABC's "Good Morning America," and this Fall will transition into a full-time host for the show.  Strahan will continue his role as an Emmy-nominated analyst for "Fox NFL Sunday."

 

Prior to joining the ranks of the top sports broadcasters in the country, Strahan's entire 15-year football career was typified by the charisma and sportsmanship that made him a seven-time Pro-Bowler and one of only four players ever to lead the NFL in sacks for two seasons. His spectacular NFL career resulted in Strahan being named to the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, the sport's highest honor.

 

Strahan lead the New York Giants to a dramatic Super Bowl victory over the previously undefeated New England Patriots in 2007. In 2001, Strahan completed what is widely considered to be one of the greatest seasons ever for a defensive player, breaking the 18-year-old NFL single season sack record with 22.5 sacks. His record still stands today. The charismatic leader of the New York Giants was named the NFL's 2001 Player of the Year by Sports Illustrated and the 2001 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, making him the first New York Giant to win the award since Lawrence Taylor.

 

Strahan and co-host Kelly Ripa were the co-winners of the 2015 Daytime Emmy for "Outstanding Entertainment Talk Show Host."  In addition, Strahan was nominated for a 2014 Sports Emmy Award in the category of "Outstanding Sports Personality – Studio Analyst."

 

Strahan will be voicing Teddy, a Palaeolagus rabbit native in the film "Ice Age: Collision Course" out in July.

This past Fall, Strahan released his best-selling book, "Wake Up Happy: The Dream Big, Win Big Guide to Transforming Your Life," which includes personal stories and motivational advice to inspire readers to turn up the heat and go from good to great in pursuit of their personal ambitions.

 

Acting on his entrepreneurial spirit, Strahan introduced COLLECTION by MICHAEL STRAHAN in the fall of 2015, a men's tailored and accessories line available exclusively at JCPenney.  Capitalizing on the success of his partnership with JCP, Strahan launched MSX, a men's Athleisure line, in May 2016, with plans to expand into additional categories in the coming seasons.

 

With a natural affinity for people and an effortless ease in front of the camera, Strahan's previous hosting duties include "Pros v. Joes," which pitted amateur contestants against professional athletes in a series of athletic feats. Strahan co-hosted the family cable show "Backyard Stadiums" on DIY Network and built outdoor recreational projects with his co-host.  In addition, he participated in the kid-friendly show "Giants on Deck" and the YES Network show "Sack and Renovate," in which he led a guided tour inside his 100-year-old home.  Strahan also tackled the world of scripted network primetime television as the star of "Brothers," a 30-minute sitcom on Fox from Sony Pictures Television. In summer 2015, Strahan made a cameo appearance in the hit film "Magic Mike XXL."

 

Dedicated to many charitable works, Strahan donates his hands and heart to numerous charities including St. Jude Children's hospital, The USO and HELP USA. 

 

Strahan was a vocal and visible leader among the athletic community in the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy. As the player representative for the Giants, Strahan led the charge in calling for the league to cancel its games following the event.

 

Born in Houston, Texas, Strahan spent most of his youth in Germany, where his father Gene was stationed in the U.S. Army. Strahan returned to the U.S. for a portion of high school and soon was recruited to play football at Texas Southern University. As a senior at Texas Southern, Strahan was selected first team All-America by the Associated Press when he recorded a school-record 19 sacks and 62 tackles, 32 of which cost opposing teams 142 yards in combined losses.