Michael Strahan made a bit of history Monday on the Hollywood Walk of Fame — as the first person to receive a star in the “sports entertainment category.”
The Good Morning America co-anchor and Fox NFL Sunday analyst traveled to Los Angeles for the ceremony, and was joined by his family, co-workers, and friends including GMA star Robin Roberts, Disney CEO Bob Iger, and America’s Got Talent host Terry Crews.
After walking up to the podium, Strahan reflected on his journey from being looked at as a kid with “no value,” to finding his purpose as a dad, NFL player and television host.
“You look and you wonder what is your purpose? My purpose is pretty much people. My purpose, I almost feel is to just enjoy life, and spread love, and spread happiness,” 51-year-old Strahan said.
He added that he learned from his parents, who were married 60 years before his dad passed away, that success is “all about team.”
“Make sure that the people around you feel important because everybody I found in life and in the world has value,” he said. “To me, everybody has a purpose… when I had jobs washing dishes in the kitchen, or cutting grass, or moving furniture, I wasn’t always looked at like I had a purpose. You felt like you were looked at in a certain way in which you had no value.”
A retired NFL star, he played 15 seasons with the New York Giants. After leaving the league, Strahan co-hosted the syndicated daytime talk show, Live with Kelly and Michael from 2012-2016, before making the transition to GMA in 2016.
The Michael Strahan star is located at 6918 Hollywood Blvd., between Highland Avenue and Orange Drive.
Watch the video from Strahan’s star ceremony below.