It’s been 14 years since Michael Strahan retired from the NFL, after a 15-year career as a defensive end for the New York Giants. Since then, his professional life has not only taken off, but also gone in myriad directions: He’s a commentator on the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show (along with hosting “Thursday Night Football”), he’s had a four-year stint hosting ” Live! With Kelly and Michael” alongside Kelly Ripa and he is currently a morning host for “Good Morning America.”
In 2015, he also launched his Michael Strahan clothing collection, which he wears almost every day. “Everything in my line is designed for versatility,” he tells CNN Underscored, noting that the Modern Fit Crew Neck sweater with navy triangles is one of his new favorites. “All my tops can take me to meetings, social events and beyond. I love them.” He can also often be found in the collection’s straight-leg black jeans, which can easily be passed off as dress pants. “Our denim has the perfect amount of stretch,” he says—useful for when he’s sitting on a plane or in front of the camera for hours at a time. (Or, you know, for skyrocketing to the edge of space with Blue Origin.)
Now Strahan is also getting into the skincare game for the first time. On September 16, he launched the Michael Strahan Daily Defense line (available at CVS), which is a five-product regimen based on the products he uses every day to defend against dry skin.
CNN Underscored spoke with Strahan, one of the busiest men on television, to get his favorite everyday essentials for when he’s on the go.
Strahan points out that he is not always wearing a suit and tie in front of a camera. When he has downtime, he prefers to be comfortable and relaxed in sportswear. “This is my favorite of the NFL line for sure,” he says of this MSX by Michael Strahan sleeveless hoodie. “This is what I wear when I’m watching games, listening at home or sweating at the gym.”
There are five products in Strahan’s new skin care line: a face wash, shaving lotion, post-shave balm, face and neck moisturizing and conditioning beard oil. He prefers to use them all as part of his daily routine, but when he’s on the go, he makes sure to throw in at least the moisturizer, which is unclogged and made with vitamin E and avocado oil. “It’s my secret weapon to look and feel my best,” he says. “Especially during football season, which is my busiest season.”
A device for work and play
Because he often travels by plane, train or car, Strahan says he always has his iPad with him to view content while on the go as well. “I love my iPad,” he says. “Not just for work and catching up on email, but also for turning off and watching movies.” He adds, “On ‘GMA,’ a lot of actors show up to promote their movies, so I’m lucky to get screeners to watch them in advance.”
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“A good skin care routine is also linked to hydration,” says Strahan. “And food too, of course.” He makes sure he gets at least eight daily glasses of water with his portable 32-ounce stainless steel Hydro Flask. “I always drink a ton of water during the day,” he says. “This helps me stay on track.”
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“GMA” and “Thursday Night Football” both shoot in NYC (where Strahan maintains a home base), but he still flies all over the country for various segments of morning shows, for football games or to shoot commercials or other media appearances. “I’ve become a packing pro at this point,” he says, noting that he loves the durable Away bags. “Having a good quality bag is so important with how much traveling I end up doing week to week.”
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Meal replacement bar
Comfortable sit-down lunches aren’t exactly what the workaholic Strahan can pencil in every day. “My schedule is so hectic,” he says. “But it’s important to stay grateful. If I can’t sit down for lunch, I just eat a Quest bar. They’re healthy, so they’re always in my bag. Sometimes I get through from meeting to meeting.”
No missed connections here. Strahan says he needs to stay connected for work, which means he won’t go anywhere without a portable cell, laptop and AirPods charger. The bestseller Anker PowerCore III Elite is slim enough to fit in trouser or jacket pockets, and charges in three hours. Then it has enough juice to charge a mobile phone up to five times. “It’s super important that I stay charged throughout the day for all my work meetings and conversations,” says Strahan.
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