Michael Strahan: I wouldn’t be on ‘GMA’ if not for Giants’ Super Bowl miracle

Michael Strahan is a household name as the co-host of “Good Morning America,” but the Giants legend believes his career would have panned out differently had they lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII.

“It would be different because winning is everything wherever you are, winning in New York City magnifies you 100 times,” Strahan, 49, said on the latest installment of Kyle Brandt’s “10 Questions” podcast.

“I think for me as far as being known and all those things, did it help? Yeah. But I’d been here long enough to know that being in New York 15 years and playing for this team already kind of solidified me in a lot of ways, but never with the words ‘champion.’ So having the word ‘champion,’ having people be able to say that with your name and have a ring behind it, I think just puts you in a national spotlight.”

Strahan’s 15-year career with the Giants had a fairy tale finish in February 2008, when New York defeated Tom Brady and the 18-0 Patriots in the Super Bowl, 17-14.

Brandt presented Strahan with a “sliding doors” moment on David Tyree’s iconic helmet catch. Strahan believes he would not be sitting at the “GMA” anchor desk beside Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos if it had turned out differently.

“Winning in the Super Bowl was the first and only time that I was ever a guest on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly.’ And when I was on as a guest on ‘Live with Regis and Kelly,’ Regis asked me what I was gonna do next. And I said, ‘If you’re tired, or if you retire, maybe I’ll you know, take your job. It will be Kelly and Michael, Michael and Kelly.’ Not knowing that years later that’s exactly what would happen,” Strahan explained.

In September 2012, Stahan was named Kelly Ripa’s new co-host following Regis Philbin’s retirement from the daytime talk show. Beginning in 2014, the Hall of Fame defensive end appeared on “GMA” twice a week as a special correspondent and was promoted to co-anchor two years later.

Michael Strahan with "Good Morning America" co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos
Michael Strahan with “Good Morning America” co-hosts Robin Roberts and George Stephanopoulos

Strahan’s exit resulted in a messy media fallout, with the morning host telling the New York Times in January 2020 that his departure as Ripa’s co-star “could have been handled better.”

Strahan told Brandt that had the Giants not won the Super Bowl, he would have never appeared on “Live.”

“I never would’ve been a guest on that show to even show them that I was somebody to invite back had we not won the Super Bowl. And being on that show led me to ‘GMA.’ So the answer is: Absolutely not,” Strahan said.

Michael Strahan kisses the Lombardi Trophy in February 2008.
Michael Strahan kisses the Lombardi Trophy in February 2008.

“It was so many factors and things that could’ve happened that would’ve changed the course of my life, and everybody’s lives. Because I know winning that Super Bowl made everybody’s lives a lot better, man. Believe me.”

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