has learned that Michael Strahan, the garrulous just-retired Giants defensive end, has been signed by Fox Sports as an NFL studio analyst. A press conference is expected Tuesday in New York City to formally announce the hiring.

Strahan will join host Curt Menefee, and analysts Terry Bradshaw, Howie Long and Jimmy Johnson on the set of FOX NFL Sunday. He is the second high-profile Giant (Tiki Barber) in as many years to land a plum job on a network pregame show. Strahan's agent, Maury Gostfrand, told USA Today last week that his client is interested in calling games as well as studio work. As a long-term play, Strahan said he could see himself appearing in sitcoms or hosting a late-night talk show. He has a home in Hermosa Beach, Calif., which puts him close to Fox's Los Angeles studios.

Strahan, 36, played 15 seasons with the Giants -- he had three tackles, one sack and two quarterback hits in the Giants' 17-14 win in Super Bowl XLII last February -- and is franchise leader in games played (216) and career sacks (141 ½). He set the NFL single season sack record with 22 ½ sacks in 2001 and was named to the Pro Bowl seven times.

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