Michael Strahan Pulled Off a Career Makeover That’s a Big Shocker

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Growmance’
Where Love Beats Fear in Upping Our Game This Year” (Old-School Flava)

How does Michael Strahan rate the Giants these days? They’ve seen a 1-6 start this season, having finally won a game. Strahan still holds the single season record for the most sacks. He’s since retired and has adjusted to life after playing football. Strahan pulled off a career makeover that’s a big shocker.

On Sunday’s he does his thing as an NFL football analyst on Fox. On weekdays he’s co-host on “Live with Kelly and Michael.” Many didn’t think he had the chops to go from the gridiron to daytime personality. But Strahan’s new gigs work because he’s a natural. His skills and experience have become a natural fit.

The show’s ratings have seen top-billing in its timeslot. Strahan and Kelly bring loads of chemistry and confidence. He’s not shy to try something a little nutty. Strahan seems less driven by ego and more by his alter-ego. That might be how he made the switch so easily from Defensive End to being viewer-friendly.

After a nasty divorce, Strahan vowed he would be more successful in his new career. Even with the obvious smile gap, he’s gone on to be an eye-catcher with his new fiancé. He’s left football behind and now wants to be remembered more for his second run. So careers and dreams can take on new life.

Kelly and Michael recently celebrated the one-year anniversary of their show. He stands tall as a giant as she looks on like a princess. They’ve complemented their talents and marketable assets to deliver comedy, celebrity and a little crazy. Sometimes success pulls together the serious and the downright silly.

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The Year of ‘Growmance’
Where Love Beats Fear in Upping Our Game This Year” (New-School Flava)

For Strahan, how do the Giants rate? Even though no longer on his plate? With a ‘1 and 6’ start this season. Could Eli trying too hard be the reason? Strahan still holds league record for sacks. That’s just plane ol’ football facts. Life after football with a career makeover. Adjusting to new work is a big shocker.

Sunday football analyst on Fox. Hanging with the crew is out the box. Weekday co-host with Kelly Ripa. Reminds you of British Kate’s sister Pipa. Many didn’t think he had the chops. To go from gridiron to daytime tv pop. The gigs work ‘cause he’s a natural. Skills and cred fit without a sabbatical.

Show’s rating has seen top-billing. In timeslot for those at home chilling. Kelly and Strahan bring pizzazz and chemistry. Not being shy to try something nutty. Strahan less driven by footballer’s ego. But more by the flash of his alter-ego. Might be how he career switched easily. From Defensive End to viewer-friendly.

With a nasty divorce in the rear. Vowed more success in new career. Even with the obvious in smile gap. An eye-catcher to fiancé in his lap. Left the game after 15 yrs play. To turn over new leaf and live another day. Hoping to cherish more from his second run. Showing careers and dreams can take on new fun.

Kelly and Michael just had one-year look at show. They’re a tag-team many feel are on the go. He stands tall as a huggable giant. She looks on like princess reliant. Talent branding to bring comedy, celebrity and some willy nilly. Their success takes a little serious and a big dose of morning silly.

Tip: Upping your game can sometimes mean taking the serious and adding in a dose of silly or taking the silly and adding in a dose of serious.

Talkback: Between Kelly and Michael which one brings the serious and which brings the silly?

Chicago Bears’ Brandon Marshall Shows Green While Teammates Show Pink

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Theme:– A Conversation on Gun Violence, Bias and Mental Illness

The NY Giants haven’t yet won a game this season. The Chicago Bears didn’t make it any easier. That’s one of many surprises as some teams are bleeding red in the win/loss column. Many players have been wearing pink in support of Breast Cancer Awareness. Brandon Marshall was seen wearing green instead.

Each October the NFL teams-up with the American Cancer Society. Their annual awareness campaign brings attention to breast cancer sufferers and survivors. It’ not that Marshall doesn’t support this cause. His green cleats were to promote Mental Health Awareness Week which also occurs in October.

So the NFL sent a letter to Marshall explaining why he was fined $10,500. It’s a lot of money for the average person. Marshall himself was diagnosed in 2011 with ‘borderline personality disorder.’ He understands the stigma people feel and maybe it’s why pro sports is such an important part of his story.

Marshall tweeted “Football is my platform not my purpose. This fine is nothing compared to the conversation started and awareness raised.” He makes a great point about how sports can play a purposeful role. It might also be an effective platform to stem gun violence, bias and mental health issues.

The debate in sports circles is that the NFL needs to broaden its support for other awareness campaigns advocated by athletes. Sure, it’s impossible to support every such effort. Some feel instead of making one campaign the “Queen” they can make a cross-section of campaigns part of their awareness strategy.

Footnote: Organized sports can provide an outlet for those dealing with hometown issues and a platform for a larger conversation on social issues.