Michael Strahan was one of the greatest pass rushers in NFL history during his time with the New York Giants. In 2001, he set the all-time record for most sacks in a season, with 22.5 — a record that still stands to this day. But even in retirement, the Hall of Famer continues to reach new heights…
Strahan has become a popular media figure since hanging up the cleats, going from the Fox NFL Sunday pregame show Good Morning America. But today, he took things to a whole new stratosphere. Seriously. The dude went to space!
Strahan was given a seat on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, which traveled into space earlier this morning. He was accompanied by Laura Shepard Churchley, who’s the daughter of former astronaut Alan Shepard, and four paying customers.
The flight took off at 10:01 a.m. ET from Bezos’ launch facility near Van Horn, Texas. It was a 10 minute ride that reached an altitude of approximately 66 miles, experiencing a moment of weightlessness before safely returning to Earth and landing in the desert near it’s takeoff location.
The six travelers were welcomed back to Earth by Bezos, who opened the door of the capsule as family members and friends cheered loudly from outside.
Here are some clips from the trip:
Here’s a clip of Strahan talking to his family and Jeff Bezos about the experience afterwards.
Unfortunately for Strahan, his next trip to space will have to be on his own dime, according to Bezos.
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