Throughout my career, on the field and on the screen, I’ve been super lucky to have some of the greatest, most supportive fans around. And of course, from time to time, you’ve let me know that you’re curious to know a little bit more about me (one of the most popular things I get asked: Why don’t you close that gap between your teeth?). Well, I’ve decided that each month, I’ll let my fans do the asking and I’ll do the answering about whatever is on your mind in a blog and social media feature I’m calling “Ask Stray.” Below, our first round of questions directly from … you.
@DebraALLee | Q: Have you always been as confident off the field and in front of the camera as you were on the field? If so, what do you attribute it to? I’m trying to inspire my son.
A: I was confident in my drive and from a very young age. My dad instilled in me that it’s not if but when. It’s not if you’re going to do something, it’s when you’re going to do it. If your son believes in himself, anything is possible. I promise you that!
@XavierMedley9 | Q: How do you balance the different parts of your career? Good Morning America, Fox Sports, football season, GMA Strahan & Sara, the clothing lines. It’s very rewarding to see you succeed and remain humble.
A: Thank you, man! I wake up every day with gratitude for my life and the people who are in it. That is what makes my day fun. I love what I do and that helps me balance it all. If there’s a day when work isn’t fun, then I know it’s time to walk away. If you love what you do, it’s not as tiring as it may sound. If complaining about having too many jobs is my biggest issue, I know I will be okay.
@BigLils125 | Q: Should Eli Manning step aside?
A: I would never question another person’s desire to continue to play the game they love. I will always support and back up my brotha, Eli. When he has given everything he has in his tank, I know he will walk away—when he is ready. But he isn’t ready to give up; don’t let his calm demeanor fool you. I still believe in his ability and think he can win another Super Bowl for the New York Football Giants!
@TonyaDrayton | Q: Where would you take someone on a first date: dancing, the movies, bungee jumping, an amusement park, or a quiet dinner at home?
A: I would start with dinner, of course, and maybe that would lead to dancing, or the movies. It all depends on the vibe of the date.
@FochtmanJackie | Q: How do you remain humble with the fame you’ve had? And are your kids as grounded as you?
A: It’s the way my parents raised me. I also realize that it all can be taken away just as easy as it can be given to you. There’s a responsibility when you have success, and I respect that. My kids are amazing; they understand that you earn everything and that nothing in life is given. My oldest daughter is out on the West Coast working as hard as you possibly can, my son just got his second college degree, and my twins continue to be respectful young adults. The most important thing to me is that they are always there for each other and, as a father, you can’t ask for anything more.
Got any more burning questions for me? Tweet me at @MICHAELSTRAHAN and be sure to include the hashtag #AskStray!