Michael Strahan would have been voted "Most Likely to Star in a Sitcom" if someone had taken a vote in the Giants' locker room during the years his booming cackle and out-sized personality dominated the place.
As Tiki Barber said just Thursday on WFAN, "That's the perfect vehicle for him."
And so it has come to pass, starting with Friday night's premiere of "Brothers" on Fox, in which he plays a recently retired player for a New York team with dark blue jerseys that recently won a Super Bowl.
In other words, it is not a huge acting stretch. But Strahan said this only is a first step in what could be a serious post-playing career.
"Look at guys like The Rock or even Will Smith or Ludacris, guys who started out in another profession then went into acting," he said last week as he stood on the Giants' indoor practice field during a promotional event for the show.
"I think people are open to it. My hope is to be able to do this show and to have it be successful to the point where people go, 'Oh, I didn't know he played football. I thought he was an actor."'
That seems unlikely for a probable future Hall of Famer. But part of Strahan's media charm long has been his reservoir of pop culture references, and he quickly dipped into it:
"When I watched 'Hunter,' I didn't know Fred Dryer was a football player," he said, referring to his fellow former Giants defensive end and star of a late 1980s police drama.
Strahan said "Hunter" was among his favorites, but he rattled off several other shows that featured former football players, including "Little House on the Prairie" with Merlin Olsen.
"And who didn't watch 'Webster' with Alex Karras?" he said.
Come to think of it, add Fred Williamson, Dick Butkus, Lyle Alzado and Bob Golic, among others, and defensive players in general and linemen in particular seem more apt to tackle TV acting than those on offense.
(There are exceptions, of course. Ed Marinaro had a nice run on "Hill Street Blues." Alas, Joe Namath lasted only a month on "The Waverly Wonders " in 1978.)
"I don't know what it is," Strahan said. "It's probably because defensive guys' personalities are a lot different from offensive guys, a lot more outgoing."
Strahan and veteran comic actor Daryl (Chill) Mitchell -- confined to a wheelchair on the show and in real life -- play bickering siblings who reunite when Strahan's character moves back home.
Their parents are played by CCH Pounder and Carl Weathers, who in one episode slips in a nod to his most famous role, referencing the "eye of the tiger." (Weathers briefly was a linebacker for the Raiders, by the way.)
Is it funny? Sporadically yes, though it is unlikely to supplant "30 Rock" for the Best Comedy Emmy. Regardless, Strahan seems comfortable and natural, even though he said he must "tone myself down a lot" to allow most of the humor to flow through Mitchell.
Strahan, 37, said he works up to 30 hours a week when the show is in production, in addition to his Sunday duties as a Fox NFL analyst.
"But it's a fun environment," he said. "It's kind of like coming in a locker room where we're joking and laughing, except you don't have to get beat up on Sunday."
Strahan, who has been hyping the show tirelessly this week, including on his Twitter feed, said he hopes it only is a start and is open to anything, even serious roles.
"I think people get used to you doing one thing and think that's all you could do or should do," he said. "But people are multi-faceted. I want to do more than be a football player and talk about football."