Strahan ordered to pay ex-wife $15 million


Published: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 14, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.

NEWARK, N.J. — New York Giants star Michael Strahan was ordered to pay his ex-wife $15.3 million — more than half his net worth — in keeping with the couple's prenuptial agreement.

Under the agreement, Jean Strahan was entitled to 50 percent of their joint marital assets and 20 percent of his yearly income from each year they were married.

"She's grateful to the court," Jean Strahan's lawyer, Ellen Marshall, told The Associated Press on Saturday. "She looks forward to her future, raising their children and moving forward."

A call to Michael Strahan's attorney, Robert Penza, and his agent, Tony Agnone, were not immediately returned.

The NFL star had contended he wasn't responsible for the 20 percent because his wife failed to ask for it every year. But state Superior Court Judge James Convery disagreed, ruling "the plaintiff is not credible in his claim that the defendant never asked for her separate funds."

In addition to the $15.3 million, Convery awarded Jean Strahan hundreds of thousands of dollars in child support. The couple married in 1999.

"It pays to tell the truth, and I told the truth," Jean Strahan said in Saturday's New York Post. "I never asked for a penny more than the prenup that Michael and his lawyers wrote and made me sign. And all I ever asked for was that to be upheld."

STEELERS

Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey, a Steelers assistant for four seasons in the 1990s, met with the team for three hours as the search for Bill Cowher's replacement entered its second week.

"It's a great opportunity. This is such a great organization — it has been through the years and will continue to be," said Gailey, the fifth candidate to interview for the job. "I feel fortunate to be here and be part of the process."

Gailey (University of Florida) also interviewed recently with the Miami Dolphins, the other NFL team he also worked for as the offensive coordinator. The Steelers previously met with two of their own assistants, Russ Grimm and Ken Whisenhunt, plus defensive coordinators Mike Tomlin of Minnesota and Ron Rivera of Chicago.

"They do things the right way," Gailey said of the Steelers. "It was a good day."

Gailey was the Steelers' wide receivers coach for two seasons before taking over as offensive coordinator in 1996, the season after they lost to Dallas in the Super Bowl. With Gailey running the offense in 1997, Jerome Bettis ran for 1,665 yards — his best season — and Kordell Stewart threw for 3,020 yards and 21 touchdowns in his first season as a starting quarterback. Stewart also ran for 476 yards and 11 touchdowns.

A year later, after Gailey left to coach the Dallas Cowboys, Stewart experienced a sharp drop-off in his play with Ray Sherman running the offense, throwing for only 2,560 yards, 11 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. The Steelers went 7-9, lost their final five games and were held to 21 TD on offense, the second fewest in the league.

Gailey took the Cowboys to the playoffs twice in his only two seasons there and had an 18-14 regular-season record. After that, he was the Dolphins' offensive coordinator for coach Dave Wannstedt, who now coaches Pitt.

Gailey recently completed the first season of a five-year, $5 million contract extension at Georgia Tech that runs through 2010. The 55-year-old Gailey had a heart attack in early 2005, but returned to coach the last two seasons and has a 37-27 record.

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