Let’s face it. Not all of you retired players became teachers, doctors, salesmen or coaches in your second career.
Some of you even were forced into television roles after your playing days ended.
For example, take former Giants defensive end, Michael Strahan.
The 48- year old Strahan has been out of football for more than a decade but he is busier than ever.
Tonight, he hosts in New York the final Fox Sports Thursday Night NFL pregame and halftime shows of the season when the Jets visit the Ravens.
He will wake up tomorrow at his usual 5 A.M. to go to the set of ABC’s Good Morning America where he will co-host that program. Afterward, he gets on a plane to Los Angeles to prepare for Fox’s Sunday NFL studio show.
How’s your sleep going, Michael?
“People look at my schedule and go ‘Wow, your life has got to be crazy; you never get any sleep’,” Strahan said recently. “I get more sleep now than I used to get when I was doing less stuff. The reason is now I have to be more disciplined with my sleep. I also have a lot more excuses to get out of stuff that I don’t want to do. At a certain point, I just shut it down.”
Strahan’s post-NFL health is so good that he also began hosting (and producing) “The $100,000 Pyramid” game show in 2016 and has been co-hosting another talk show “Strahan, Sara and Keke “ since last year.
“I am fortunate as far as my health,” Strahan explains. “I really don’t wake up with any pain and go ‘I really can’t get out of bed, my knee’s killing me, my back, my neck.’ I don’t know what I did in a previous life, but apparently, it was something good or something needed because in this life things have been pretty good. I feel great.”
Strahan obviously is enjoying life. “I like doing things people think you can’t do, especially coming from an athletic background.” We agree with Strahan. Thousands of you NFL alumni have so many interesting careers which would surprise the average person on the street. We only hope you are enjoying YOUR job as much Michael Strahan evidently is relishing his.