Michael Strahan: 'Teeth define who I am'
The former footballer tells the mag he was so close to having his trademark closed up, the dentist actually had mockups prepared.
"I was in my twenties. I was playing with the Giants," says Strahan. "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."
Strahan is an on-camera analyst for NFL on Fox, and surprised many as the long-awaited choice to join morning stalwart Kelly Ripa on what is now "Live! with Kelly and Michael." He and his gappy, lispy grill event got a send-up on "Saturday Night Live."
Michael, who is engaged to Eddie Muphy's ex-wife, Nicole Murphy, says if he closed up his gap now, he's afraid his kids wouldn't recognize him.