Published: March 27th, 2009 | Tags: Michael Strahan
In his 15-year NFL career, future Hall of Famer Michael Strahan has come across hardcore NFL fans of every shape and size.
“There are some intense fans,” says the future Hall of Famer. “But the one guy who tattooed my autograph to his arm was pretty sick to me.”
Between playing his entire career in New York and now working as a studio analyst for FOX Sports, Strahan is fully qualified to help Monster.com determine its NFL Director of Fandemonium. That’s what he was doing Friday and Saturday in New York, serving as host for the promotion’s two-day event in which Monster.com will whittle down the 32 finalists for the position.
The two-day event will be presented in six webisodes on Monster.com during the month of April, with the winner being announced the week of the NFL Draft (April 25-26).
The competition kicked off Friday morning with Strahan giving contestants a trivia challenge. One of the questions: Who holds the NFL single-season sack record? The answer, of course, is Strahan himself. After one contestant successfully answered the question, another shouted, “Thank you, Brett Favre.”
Many fans believe that Favre took a dive in the final game of the 2001 regular season to give his friend Strahan the record of 22.5. And while neither Favre nor Strahan will admit that, Strahan laughed at the comment, pointed to the contestant who said it and shouted, “Ding, ding, ding!”
A year ago at this time, Strahan was coming off his first Super Bowl title and still mulling over retirement. Now that he’s off the field permanently, Strahan is enjoying being a fan.
“Oh, yeah, I’m a big fan now,” he said. “All I do is watch football as a fan. But as a fan I get to talk about it, which is a little different from most people. But I’m a big football fan. That’s one of the reasons I loved playing so much — because I respect and love the game. It’s the reasons I love what I’m doing right now.”
The winner of the Director of Fandemonium contest gets a $100,000 “signing bonus,” so it is serious business for the 32 contestants. The “DOF” also serves as ambassador for a year, announcing a pick at the draft, working the International Series game in London and taking part in the Super Bowl XLIV coin toss, among other duties.
“Everyone who’s here is a big fan, otherwise they wouldn’t be here,” said Strahan. “It’s our job to pick the one who exemplifies the NFL and Monster the best. I’m not going to be too serious about it, but you better be good.”
And if one of the contestants tattooed “Strahan” on some part of their body?
“You’d be scaring me more than anything else.”