Former NFL star and current Fox NFL Sunday commentator Michael Strahan knows well the pressure that surrounds playing in the Super Bowl, but he says nothing compares to the stress of covering the red carpet at the Academy Awards.
“I think there’s more stress doing the red carpet at the Oscars than it is for us to commentate on the game,” the Good Morning America co-host tells PEOPLE. “We legitimately go in and commentate as team, so it’s not like one person is going out there to carry anything by themselves.”
The former Live! host says his career in daytime TV would have been impossible without his years as a sports commentator.
“It would have been too much pressure for someone completely inexperienced,” he explains. “Doing the live show on Fox taught me to be myself and have opinions and be present as if the camera isn’t there. That’s the thing about live television. You can’t fool it, so you just have to be yourself and forget it’s there.”
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“My years playing football, and then joining the guys at Fox, taught me that you are a member of a team and you don’t have to be the star every day,” he continues. “You don’t have to make a headline every day. You just play your part and keep the show moving and do so with honor and integrity. I’ve carried that through every job I’ve had.”
Strahan is excited to spend the Super Bowl weekend in his hometown of Houston and expects the game to be a good match up between the New England Patriots and the Atlanta Falcons.
“These are two offenses that can put up a lot of point so I think it’s going to be a high-scoring game, which is going to be a lot of fun,” he says. “And Houston is the perfect setting for the game. There’s a lot of good food. I just want some good bar-b-que!”
The Super Bowl LI kick-off will air Sunday at 6:30 E.T. on Fox.