Several staffers told TMZ that the talk in the building is that a former New York Giant and Super Bowl champion will be announced as the co-host for Live! with Kelly Ripa.

Michael Strahan was picked to partner with Kelly Ripa on her morning syndicated show ... this according to staffers at ABC in New York City.

Strahan's rep was seen outside the building on 67th and Columbus a short time ago grinning from ear to ear.

Strahan tried out for the gig in June and apparently impressed the suits.

BTW ... Strahan is 6'5" ... Kelly is 5'3".  Dancing should be fun.

[source: TMZ]