Michael Strahan on His Gap Teeth: “This Is Who I Am”


/ December 19, 2012

When former NFL star and Live! cohost Michael Strahan had the option to close his signature gappy grin, he wouldn’t do it.

“I was really close to closing it up. I was at the dentist having him do mock-ups. I thought about it, man,” he says in a recent interview with Elle. I was in my twenties. I was playing with the Giants. There’s so much pressure to be perfect. You can fix everything now. For me, I made the conscious effort to say “This is who I am.” I’m not perfect. I don’t want to try to be perfect.”

Not only is the 6’5” footballer comfortable in his own skin, he’s also a 41-year-old teddy bear with a soft spot. “The Notebook gets me every time. It’s a great love story. Boy from the wrong side of the tracks. They get on each other’s nerves, but they can’t live without each other. It almost makes me shed a tear.”

Read the full interview here.

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