The Hollywood Walk of Fame has the original owner for its new category: Sports Entertainment.
Pro Football Hall of Famer and Super Bowl champion Michael Strahan will be named after him.
“We are very excited to inaugurate the first Sports Entertainment star for Michael Strahan,” said Ana Martinez, producer of the Walk of Fame. “Sports fans will be delighted to see their favorite sports figures who are involved in the entertainment business host their stars. Michael’s extensive experience in sports and sports broadcasting makes him the perfect choice to add to the famous pavement”.
Strahan will be honored at a celebration on January 23.
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The 51-year-old spent all 15 seasons of his NFL career with the New York Giants, who selected him in the second round (40th overall) of the 1993 NFL Draft out of Texas Southern.
Strahan led the NFL in sacks twice and still holds the single-season record with 22.5 in 2001, though that has generated some controversy since Brett Favre likely helped him. Nonetheless, he was named Defensive Player of the Year that year.
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He was named to seven Pro Bowls and was a four-time first-team All-Pro (he was twice second-team). In the final game of his career, he and the Giants beat the New England Patriots 18-0 in Super Bowl XLII in one of the biggest upsets in sports history. He had a sack and three tackles for loss in the 17-14 win.
Since sacks became an official statistic in 1982, he has the sixth most in NFL history.
Strahan was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
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After his playing career, he hosted “Live! With Regis and Kelly” during Regis Philbin’s absence. Two years later, he was officially named Kelly Ripa’s co-host, a title he held for approximately four years. He has been on ABC’s Good Morning America since 2016 and has been a part of Fox NFL Sunday since 2008.