In a recent interview on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” Michael Strahan opened up about the trials he faced early in his careers of professional football and the entertainment industry.
Strahan, known for his 15-year career with the New York Giants and hosting shows such as “Fox NFL Sunday,” “Live! With Kelly and Michael” and most recently “The $100,000 Pyramid,” spoke on his nervousness involving football and public appearances.
“When I was a kid, and I was playing football, and I was 7 and 8, I cried the entire game.” Strahan said.
“I didn’t like the applause, I didn’t like the cheering. It scared me. I didn’t like the attention, and I still don’t, in some ways.”
Strahan spoke of overcoming that fear so he could go on to play professional football and how his fear turned into an appreciation of the fans of the National Football League, whether they supported him or not.
Strahan then went on to tell Fallon about hosting “Fox NFL Sunday” with the former coach of the Dallas Cowboys, Jimmy Johnson, and how Johnson had once promised him an opportunity with the Cowboys in the 1993 NFL Draft.
According to Strahan, negotiations were all but finalized, with a scout in Strahan’s house, but the Cowboys traded their pick.
“The guy is in my house with a briefcase with my contract in it, and then the guy disappears after eating the food.”
When Strahan asked Johnson about his choice, Johnson replied that he “didn’t know that [Strahan] was going to be that good.”