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The Super Bowl champ turned talk show host is at the top of his game. That includes being superdad to kids Tara-Tanita, 21, Michael Jr., 18, and twins Isabella and Sophia, 8.
Q. You've described yourself as shy, which is not at all how you come off. Please explain!
A. I'm reserved and nervous around strangers, and when I walk into a room I just want to blend in, not stand out. But put a TV camera on me, and I'll do anything.
Q. That's for sure. You've dressed up as Oprah and done a Magic Mike striptease on Live Michael. Where do you draw the line?
A. We had swimmer Ryan Lochte in a dunk tank, and the producers wanted me to wear a Speedo. I told them that was definitely not happening.
Q. When you and fiancee Nicole Murphy (Eddie Murphy's ex) get married, you'll have nine kids. It must be a challenge blending such big families.
A. You have to stick with it. At first it's hard to connect to the other person's kids, because they intuitively feel that liking you means they're cheating on their other parent. But show them you love them, and eventually they'll love you back.
Q. Are you a softy when it comes to Isabella and Sophia?
A. I hold my own. I'm mush when it's time to be mush. Okay, I'm mush. Whatever they want, we do. I take them shopping, to nail salons and the American Girl store. There's no shame in my game when it comes to my girls.
Q. Over the years, have Tara-Tanita's boyfriends been scared of you?
A. I do my best to intimidate. When I meet someone she's dating, I'm like, "This is my daughter, and if you don't take care of her, I will take care of you." Just to make sure the respect is there.
Q. Both Live and your other show, Fox NFL Sunday, have been rated number one in their respective categories. What will you conquer next?
A. I'd like to be the first athlete to make it to the moon!
Written by Patty Adams Martinez
Originally published in the November 2013 issue of Family Circle magazine.