Michael Strahan and the Top 10 Athletes Who Transitioned To TV

Top 10 Athlete-To-Television Transitions

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Michael Strahan has enjoyed tremendous success since leaving the NFL for the world of television. He's a studio analyst for FOX, he co-hosts Live with Kelly Ripa and now he's got a gig as a part-time host on Good Morning America. When it comes to athlete-to-TV transitions, you can argue that the former DE has had the most success.

But in addition to Strahan, here are the 10 top athletes to enjoy success on television:

10. John McEnroe

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10. John McEnroe

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If you're going to sit through a three-hour tennis match, there's no better guy to listen to than McEnroe. He's one of the few who have been on top of a sport, then transitioned successfully to TV. As with his play, there's no BS with McEnroe's commentary. His brother Patrick is also great.

9. Sean Casey

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9. Sean Casey

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Casey is widely considered the best MLB analyst on television. After 12 years on the diamond in the big leagues, you can now find Casey doing his thing on MLB Network.

8. Ron Jaworski

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8. Ron Jaworski

Ron Jaworski

You're not always going to agree with Jaws, but the guy is rarely way off base. There's no better guy in the sports TV business at breaking down film. Jaws is a football junkie who's serious about his sport. That comes through on camera.

7. Shaquille O'Neal

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7. Shaquille O'Neal

Shaquille O'Neal

Shaq is still pretty much a rookie in the TV business, but if there's such thing as a natural, he's it. He's already got the comedy side of things down pat with his incredibly popular 'Shaqtin a Fool' segment, and he'll only get better as a traditional broadcaster.

6. Kenny Smith

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6. Kenny Smith

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Smith doesn't get the credit he deserves as a studio analyst. He often gets overshadowed by the larger personalities on set, but he knows the Xs and Os of basketball better than anyone at Turner.

5. Mike Golic

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5. Mike Golic

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Golic is of course popular because of his radio show Mike & Mike, but he's also a television star because ESPN airs the broadcast at the same time. His opinions are well-respected and the old school in all of us appreciates Mike Golic.

4. Doug Collins

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4. Doug Collins

Doug Collins

Collins is always in-and-out of the TV business between coaching stints. But now it looks like he's done with coaching for good and focusing on broadcasting for the foreseeable future. There are very few in the industry that know the game of basketball as well as Collins and he delivers on every telecast.

3. Terry Bradshaw

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3. Terry Bradshaw

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It's hard to believe, but Bradshaw has now been in broadcasting for over thirty years. He's a staple of the Sunday morning NFL pre-game shows and when he retires, it just won't be the same without him.

2. Pat Summerall

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2. Pat Summerall

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To call Pat Summerall a legendary broadcaster, doesn't even really do him justice. This guy was THE voice associated with the NFL for many, many years.

1. Charles Barkley

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1. Charles Barkley

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He's rarely professional, but he's always entertaining. Even if he's falling asleep on set, he can still make you laugh. But when it comes time to predict what will happen in a game or who will make a run in the postseason, Barkley is usually pretty accurate with his assessments. All athletes transitioning to TV should aspire to have the success Barkley has had. Right now, he and Michael Strahan are the benchmarks.


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