I am a football fan. Really, I am a Giants football fan and Michael Strahan was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday. Michael Strahan is known as a Superbowl winner, a Defensive Player of the Year and after playing football for the NY Giants for 15 years, has a successful career in broadcasting best known for the daytime talk show, Live with Kelly & Michael.
In his acceptance speech, Michael Strahan talks about how improbable his life was. He did not dream to be a broadcaster, football player or an athlete. In fact he said, he was a husky kid. As the youngest of 6 kids, he says the first turning point in his life was when he was 13 years old and he decided to make a conscious change in his life to loose weight and work out.
Michael Strahan had much gratitude for everyone in his life who guided and mentored him, but no one more important than his mother and father. He revealed the lessons he learned along the way and all those people in his life who took a chance on him after he took responsibility for himself. Michael’s message was not so much about himself but all those who contributed to his achievements.
As a leader, he was a role model, had a strong work ethic and learned how to be a better man. He learned how important it is to touch each person, to communicate how valuable and needed each person is. Michael Strahan continues to inspire and give us all hope; that even those of us who may be considered late bloomers, anything is possible.
At a time when the world seems to be spinning out of control and it is hard to find optimism, Michael Strahan shows us how improbable is not impossible. It tells me that we can still pray for the possibility of possibilities to create change in the world, to be the change we want to see and hope for a better future.