Who is Wanda Hutchins?
Born in 1973, in Germany, Wanda Hutchins is best known as the former wife of retired professional American Football player Michael Strahan who played in the National Football League (NFL) with the New York Giants. He has since become a football analyst for ABC and Fox.
The Wealth of Wanda Hutchins
As of early 2020, Wanda Hutchins’ net worth is estimated to be over $2 million, earned through success in her various endeavors. A notable factor in her wealth is Strahan’s divorce settlement as her former husband has a net worth estimated at over $65 million, earned through many high-value contracts in the NFL.
Living with Strahan
Wanda grew up in Germany and was a childhood friend of Strahan. He and his family moved to Germany from the US because of his father’s work in the military as he was a major in the army. They lived in Benjamin Franklin Village, Mannheim, West Germany, where the two would become close friends. He later returned to the US, on his way to a future American Football career, but constantly came back to Germany for her, which eventually led the two to start dating.
Her life and their relationship have largely been kept out of the spotlight.
They got married just a year before he was drafted into the NFL, and he used the money he made from his original contract to bring her to the US. They had two children during their four-year marriage. They lived in a house in Houston, near his parents. Although it was never specified, one of the reasons why their relationship probably fell apart is due to his busy career as a professional American football player, which meant he was away from home most of the time, and their relationship slowly broke apart. Since then she has fallen into oblivion again.
Husband – Michael Strahan
Michael was not initially involved in playing American Football, but developed an interest in it during his senior year when he attended a United States Department of Defense sponsored high school, the Mannheim American High School (MAHS).
There he was invited to be part of the school’s team, the Bisons, and played with them in 1985. His one season in high school was enough to catch the attention of Texas Southern University, who offered him an athletic scholarship.
One of the reasons he was scouted was because of his American Football heritage, as his uncle played at that college and then in the NFL. While in college, Michael became a dominant force on the field, so much so that he struggled with many fouls on the field. By his junior year, he had become an NFL prospect, though he continued through his senior year as he was touted by many as an early pick in the NFL Draft.
His defense was strong and he led many college stats in his time.
NFL career – Michael Strahan
In 1993, Strahan was selected in the NFL Draft by the New York giants, but missed most of his rookie season due to injuries. Things didn’t go well for him in subsequent years either, as he struggled to adjust to his recovery and the highly competitive nature of the NFL. Four years into his NFL career, he reached his breakthrough season in which he recorded 14 sacks, leading him to his first Pro Bowl vote. This success proved useful in consecutive seasons, as he helped his team reach Super Bowl XXXV in 2000.
Despite being considered a heavy favorite to win the Super Bowl, they competed against the Baltimore Ravens who held them off by a strong lead. After this successful run he had contractual disagreements with the Giants, but eventually re-signed with them, continuing his strong defensive streak with the team as he was named the 2001 NFL Defensive Player of the Year, setting the record for 22.5 sacks in a single season. He set a new franchise record for career sacks and completed his run with a final season in 2006 to break the record, eventually totaling 141 sacks. He then announced his retirement in the media.
Life after the NFL – Michael Strahan
In 2008, Strahan was hired by Fox to be part of their pre-game show “Fox NFL Sunday” along with other analysts. He later became the host of “Fox NFL Thursday”, and while working with Fox, he also appeared on other shows such as “Live! With Regis and Kelly”, and when Regis Philbin left the show, he was selected to be the new co host with Kelly Ripa. His work with the show helped the ratings significantly, and he stayed there for seven years until he was offered work for “Good Morning America”.
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— Michael Strahan (@michaelstrahan) April 18, 2020
He became part of a new spin-off originally called “GMA Day” before it was changed to “Strahan, Sara and Keke” to highlight the three main hosts, himself, Keke Palmer and Sara Haines. He also hosted a revival of “The $100,000 Pyramid,” which has been airing for five seasons. In addition to his regular work, he also appeared as a guest on other television projects; he was a guest on the sixth season of the improv show “Wild ‘n Out”, and also made a cameo appearance in the 2019 movie “Charlie’s Angels”.
After Wanda’s divorce from Michael, it is not known whether she remained in the US or returned to Germany with her children. There are also no details if she remarried and about any subsequent career endeavors after their divorce. Her former husband later married Jean Muggli, but divorced after two years of marriage, leading to a large settlement of around $15 million. He later got engaged to Eddie Murphy’s ex-wife, Nicole Mitchell, but the wedding was off canceled after five years. Since then, there have been no reports of any new relationships on his end.