updated 08/27/2012 AT 11:00 AM ET
•originally published 08/04/2012 AT 9:30 AM ET
Dozens of people auditioned for the role. But as he did so often on the football field, Michael Strahan emerged victorious – landing the coveted job of Live! co-host alongside Kelly Ripa following Regis Philbin’s retirement.
Strahan, 40, is already a household name in New York, where he played his entire celebrated NFL career with the Giants. But what else does he bring to the table?
Below, check out five things to know about the Houston, Texas, native, including his charitable side and his future bride.