Michael Strahan is a perennial Pro Bowler and charismatic leader of the New York Giants, and is also the host of DIY Network's Homefield Advantage! Named the NFL's 2001 Player of the Year by Paul Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated and 2001 Defensive Player of the Year by the Associated Press, his broadcasting talent and charitable work is also making news. Each week during the NFL season, he appears on FOX Sports Net, and numerous New York-based TV and radio programs, including appearances on WFAN-660 AM. In addition, he has served as co-host on several networks' very popular Super Bowl pre-game shows. Michael has hosted two series on the YES Network, Sack and Renovate where he took viewers into his own 100-year-old home to show off the renovation process, and Giants on Deck, a program geared towards children. Michael is extremely generous with his time, donating hours and goodwill to numerous philanthropies. He is actively involved with many national organizations, such as the American Cancer Society, the Children's Miracle Network, Housing Enterprises for the Less Privileged (H.E.L.P.), and the Starlight Children's Foundation. His dedication and support of Starlight's mission and programs earned him an induction into the Starlight Hall of Fame. Michael has been active in many local charities, including the Junior League of Montclair and Newark, with proceeds funding programs for at-risk children. One of the most visible and vocal leaders in the aftermath of the World Trade Center tragedy, this New York Giants defensive end called for the National Football League to cancel their upcoming games. Michael also spearheaded and encouraged members of the NFL Players Association to donate one week's pay to charity, and is actively involved in the New York Restoration Project, an organization originally founded by Bette Midler six years ago. Michael was born in Houston, Texas, but spent most of his youth in Germany, where his father was stationed with the U.S. Army before retiring in 1985. While attending Texas Southern University, he was drafted in the second round of the 1993 NFL Draft by the New York Giants, and he is the NFL record holder for the most sacks (22.5) in a single season. What do sports and home improvement have in common? Michael Strahan, host of DIY's Homefield Advantage!
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