Michael Strahan is not shy of showering his family with love and affection, especially on social media, what with his gallery often featuring adorable photos of his children. However, the 43-year-old’s latest post featured someone new—his war hero father!

This Veterans Day, the retired American football player shared a photo of his father receiving a medal. In the caption, he wrote, “Happy Veterans Day to my dad and idol #majorGeneStrahan. Love you dad! #ThatStashDoe [sic].” The post received over 12,000 likes each on Facebook as well as Instagram. While Instagram users mostly thanked Strahan’s dad for his service, Facebook users had something more to say. One fan wrote, “You look just like your dad,” while another said, “Nice pic Mike! You should be proud, my Dad was ww11 vet.. he passed this summer and I miss him every minute, enjoy your Dad while you have him [sic].”

Moreover, this is not the first time that the father of four has paid tribute to his own dad. In his recently releaesd book, Wake Up Happy, (which is now a New York Times Best Seller), the former athlete quoted his father’s wise words. According to Strahan, one of the most important pieces of advice given to him by his dad is, “Hit pause before you quit.” Along with that, he shared a story from back in the day of how his father was the one who encouraged him to finish his schooling and dedicate himself to what he was doing.


Michael Strahan, Facebook profile, accessed November 11, 2015.
Michael Strahan, Instagram post, November 11, 2015.
Inocencio, M., “Michael Strahan Cites His Dad’s Wise Words in New Book ‘Wake Up Happy,’”  Ryan Seacrest web site, October 15, 2015.
Image Source: Flickr; Image copyright 2009, John Seb Barber

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