A seven-time Pro Bowler and one-time Super Bowl champion, Strahan has been planting the seeds for the transformation into an all-around entertainer for years. One might say he made his acting debut while still playing for the Giants, with his final sack of 2001 to set an NFL record with 22.5 single-season sacks (best supporting actor goes to Brett Favre).
After helping the Giants defeat the previously undefeated New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII, Strahan ended his 15-year NFL career and immediately became a presence on television. He is a host on "Fox NFL Sunday," starred in the short-lived Fox sitcom "Brothers," has made numerous guest appearances on other shows and appears in commercials for Subway, Snickers, Dr. Pepper, Right Guard and others.
So that is how a popular athlete goes about becoming a daytime TV fixture (paying attention, Tiki?). Let's just hope Strahan gets along with Ripa slightly better than he did with Tom Arnold as a guest on Fox Sports' "The Best Damn Sports Show Period."