updated 08/03/2014 AT 2:00 PM ET
•originally published 08/03/2014 AT 3:15 PM ET
A day after PEOPLE broke the news of his split from fiancée Nicole Murphy, Live with Kelly and Michael co-host Michael Strahan had a joyful night as he was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday.
“This has been the best weekend of my life,” Strahan said in an emotional and funny speech, calling himself “an improbable” football star.
Onstage at the Canton, Ohio, ceremony, the former New York Giants standout said that he never wanted to play football when he was growing up and that his brothers teased him about being chubby as a kid.
Then “the improbable happened again,” Strahan said. “I get drafted by the New York freakin’ Giants.”
Strahan – who went on to become one of the greatest defensive ends in NFL history and who clinched a Super Bowl win in his final season – joked that he was “still scared” of former teammate Lawrence Taylor.
Strahan’s Hall of Fame induction came one day after Nicole Murphy’s rep confirmed to PEOPLE that she had “ended her five-year engagement” to the retired NFL player.