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For some reason, we really love it when an ex-pro athlete makes it in the broadcasting business. And there is no doubt that NFL’s Michael Strahan has always been one of the most pleasant athletes-turn-broadcaster ever since he joined Kelly Ripa on Live With Kelly and Michael!, formerly Live! with Regis and Kelly. Today, we are learning that he is being traded to Good Morning America in a move that makes sense for almost everyone.
For one, GMA could definitely use a shot in the arm. It may still be the most viewed morning program on American TV, but it has been losing about 10 percent of its viewership for a few years now. Moreover, the crucial 25-to-24 demographic has gone down by 18 percent.
CNN’s source at ABC said that no one argued the decision and that it was a “no-brainer”. They understand how beloved Strahan is and they believe he will be perfect alongside their anchor team of Robin Roberts, Lara Spencer and George Stephanopulous.
Of course, this is also a huge move for Strahan who will be increasing his fanbase dramatically by getting on one of America’s legendary TV programs. Fans of NFL Live should not worry as he will remain the host of the show on Sundays.
The only loser in this entire story is reportedly Kelly Ripa who was not exactly privy to Strahan’s move. Sources close to her are saying that the network kept her in the dark for the most part of this process.
In case you are really young or have a short memory, you may not even know Michael Strahan as one of the best defensive ends to ever play the game, as well as one of New York Giants fans’ all-time favorites.
It took a few years for the Giants fans to notice him as his first few seasons were mostly unremarkable. In his fourth season in 1997, however, he recorded 14 sacks and got his first Pro Bowl honors. In the following 8 years, he was THE dominant defensive end in the league, earning a number of honors and recording 22.5 sacks in the 2001 season, which is still an all-time record.
He did have to wait until his last season to win the Super Bowl and it finally happened in 2007.
Personally, we miss Strahan as a football player. We won’t mind watching him in the mornings though.