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Michael Strahan on Tom Coughlin: 'I hated him'

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Marc Anthony talks to Kelly Ripa and Michael Strahan about the MLB All-Star Game controversy on the July 18, 2013 edition of "Live with Kelly and Michael." Photo Credit: Jeff Neira/Disney-ABC Domestic TV

Giants fans nostalgic for happier times are encouraged to watch the next episode of a “A Football Life’’ on the NFL Network at 9 p.m. Tuesday, as the series profiles a morning TV chat show host who in a previous life tackled football players for a living.

Michael Strahan is in fine Strahan form throughout the hour-long show, demonstrating the charisma that made him a world-class quote as a player and now has landed him a gig on “Live with Kelly and Michael.’’

Notable among the roster of talking heads is his mother, Louise, from whom he clearly got much of his sense of humor.

Perhaps the most newsworthy revelation is Strahan admitting bitterness about how the sack of Brett Favre that gave him the single-season record with 22½ in 2001-02 has been discounted because Favre appeared to take a dive.

“The sack record is great; absolutely phenomenal,’’ he says. “But I almost feel like in a sense it was diminished because everyone goes, ‘Brett Favre gave you a sack’…I always have to say, if you don’t like it, then break it.’’

Strahan also revisits his rocky early relationship with coach Tom Coughlin, saying, “I hated him. And when I say hate, I don’t mean hate as I’m just saying hate as a loose word. No, I mean I absolutely hated the man.”

The most poignant story, which I won’t spoil here, concerns a bicycle he bought when he was 9.

The documentary avoids some less-than-rosy issues in Strahan’s past, both from his personal life and his mercurial relationship with the New York media.

But the show is a quick, entertaining look that should (briefly) lift the spirits of Giants fans in what so far has been a dispiriting season.


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