Former New York Giants' sack-master Michael Strahan is one of the most interesting and respected players of his era.
Since 2008, Strahan has been an analyst for Fox NFL Sunday, so the man already has experience in a talk show-esque format. According to Chloe Melas of Hollywood Life, Strahan is a candidate to co-host with Kelly Ripa of Live with Kelly!:
“All bets are on Michael Strahan,” the source says. “He’s funny, does well on camera and gets along really fabulously with Kelly. Michael is the top name that is seriously being thrown around right now.”
Countering this source, though, is an article on GossipCop.com. According to the site, Strahan is a candidate but not the only one:
"There’s no ‘top contender,’" an actual “Live” insider tells Gossip Cop, explaining that “some people are still coming in for their first tryouts, others are still coming back for the second time.”
Adds our impeccable source, the “field’s wide open.”
Regardless, Strahan has a great camera-friendly personality to co-host a talk show. Outside of football and being an analyst, Strahan has made appearances on Ellen and has done multiple commercials to stay in front of the camera.
As a player, he was an overzealous character on the field and performed consistently well at the same time.
In short, Strahan can walk-to-walk and talk-to-talk. He is, after all, the NFL's current single season sack record-holder with 22.5 back in 2001. As a player, Strahan's resume speaks for itself as a two-time NFC champion, one-time Super Bowl champion and seven-time Pro Bowl selection.
With 141.5 career sacks, 851 tackles and 22 forced fumbles, Strahan has a legit shot to get inducted into the pro football Hall of Fame. Combine that with his personality and it's a win-win situation for any talk show.
After playing for the Giants from 1993-2007, Strahan carries that tough New York swagger with him as well.
Check out this interview with Dan Le Batard and Strahan's personality only gains more validity as to why he's perfect for daytime television.
Quite honestly, it would come as somewhat of a shock if Strahan didn't get the gig. Especially because he's co-hosted the show with Kelly Ripa nine times, according to the Hollywood Life article sourced above.
For those who are Strahan fans: instead of once a week during the season, during the weekdays year-round would be interesting to see.
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