Pro Football Legend Michael Strahan is a Cigar Lover
You probably know this record-holding New York Giant for being one of the best defensive ends in the game, but you might be surprised that NFL legend Michael Strahan is a big fan of cigars. When he’s not on the air with one of his many TV. jobs, he has been noted as saying a good cigar is something he can’t live without.
Strahan has gone so far as to build himself a luxurious “man cave” where he can relax and get away from his busy schedule. This includes a custom refrigerator-sized humidor. According to Strahan, his favorite way to decompress is to sit in his man cave, smoke a cigar, and watch television, as a way to just “do nothing” for a while.
From Young Upstart to Record Holder
Long before he was living the cigar life alongside up and coming NFL greats like Cam Newton, Michael Strahan was a typical college athlete playing defensive end at Texas Southern University, following in the footsteps of his Uncle Art.
During his time at Texas Southern, Strahan would begin to turn heads immediately with his imposing frame and deceptive quickness. By his Junior year, he began to be the frequent target of double team coverage, a term dubbed by his coaches as “Strahan rules”.
As part of the South Western Athletic Conference (SWAC) Strahan would be named player of the year twice and during his Junior year would lead the conference in sacks and his career record of 41 sacks stands as a Texas Southern University Record.
Going Pro and Rough Starts
In 1993 Strahan would be drafted to the New York Giants where his first year would be completely unremarkable with him playing only 6 games due to injuries. While he would get to play the next year, his first few seasons with the Giants would prove to be less than stellar.
It wasn’t until his 1997 season that Strahan would break out and show the NFL and fans why he is one of the best in the business. He would end the season with 14 sacks and be named to his first Pro Bowl that year as well.
He would wind up following that up with an even more impressive 98′ season that would see him record 15 sacks and another Pro Bowl nomination. He would go on to continue his success where, in 2001, he set the NFL record for most sacks in a single season.
He would go on to win Super Bowl XLII on February 3rd, 2008 beating the New England Patriots in what is widely considered one of their biggest upsets ever. Following his Super Bowl win, Strahan would retire from playing professional football to move on to other endeavors.
Post-NFL Career Change and Living the Cigar Lifestyle
It’s hard not to find Michael Strahan on your television somewhere. Between being a morning talk show host, a game show host, and a sports analyst, he keeps pretty busy. That’s why Strahan says he loves the time he gets to just sit back and enjoy a cigar while tuning out the rest of the world.
Strahan says the first cigar that did it for him was a Cohiba and from then on is when he felt at home smoking cigars. Nowadays he has his favorites, like Gurkhas, Padrons, and Olivas, but he’s also open to experimenting with whatever his friends in the cigar business want to send him.
Never one to shy away from work, Strahan has remarked that he likes to get away to his secret hideout at least once or twice a week to get away from the noise of the city and enjoy a cigar in private since he spends so much time on the air.
What’s Next For The Greatest Defensive End in the Game?
While he keeps busy enough with all his television appearances, this doesn’t mean Michael Strahan has no time for other activities. He collects cigars as well as smokes them, along with cars and a handful of other hobbies.
When he’s not on the news, he keeps busy doing philanthropic work with organizations like St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital where he is both a supporter and ad campaign spokesperson.
As if that wasn’t enough, he’s also busy building his brand including men’s apparel, suits, and shoes. Chances are, even if you aren’t seeing or hearing him, you might be wearing something Michael Strahan.
It doesn’t look like he’ll be going anywhere anytime soon either. As a mainstay on the morning talkshow Good Morning America he is in many people’s living rooms 5 days a week. Add to that his role of sports analyst for Fox Sports and his role as host of the game show $100,000 Pyramid and it’s likely he’s in your home at some point each week.
He continues to make cameos in movies and television as well and has had his share of smaller roles in the acting world. Whether you’re a fan of this Giant or not, one thing is certain, you’ll be seeing lots more of him.
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