“Good Morning America” co-anchor and retired NFL Hall of Famer Michael Strahan received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
After concluding his successful NFL career when he was named to the 2014 Pro Football Hall of Fame class, he joined the GMA cast in 2016.
On Monday, the former professional athlete became the first person to receive a star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame’s sports entertainment category. Alongside three out of four of his children and his mother Louise, the television personality was smiling ear to ear during the unveiling.
During the event, he was honored by Constance Scwartz-Morini, the co-founder of his talent management firm SMAC, and actor Terry Crews. “There is nothing that symbolizes stardom more than Strahan,” Crews said before launching into the parallels he and the honoree share.
“We’re former athletes and you know, the thing is — I remember when you retired and we were sitting there talking about, ‘Should I try this Hollywood thing?'” Crews reflected. “When I see everything you’ve done since then, it’s so truly inspiring to me, to every person out there as a Black man, as an athlete, as every American should strive to be the kind of person you are. And the one word I have for Michael Strahan is ‘integrity.'”
Crews concluded with the sentiments, “When you see that smile, it’s real, when he says hello to you, it’s real. Mike, no one deserves this more than you. Mike Strahan is the man!”
Michael Strahan’s speech after being welcomed into the Hollywood Star of Fame
When the star was presented with a certificate from the city of Los Angeles, he took to the podium and thanked everyone in his life who made this accomplishment possible. During his speech, he reflected on his career in show business and felt confident saying he is a performer for the people.
“I’m happy I’m here because I never thought I’d make it here. I was just living, I was just enjoying life, I was just working. I was just trying to enjoy everything that came my way,” Strahan shared, according to ABC News. “But you look and you wonder what’s your purpose. And I found out my purpose is pretty much people.”
“My purpose is pretty much to enjoy life and to spread joy and spread happiness and to enjoy everything that comes your way and to make sure everyone in your life feels important,” he added.
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