Nicole Murphy and Michael Strahan
06/15/2009 at 06:00 PM EDT
For onetime New York Giants star Michael Strahan, May 22 was a big day: He got engaged to Nicole Murphy – and learned that the pilot for his new TV show, Brothers, had been picked up.
"It was a pretty great day," Strahan's manager tells PEOPLE exclusively.
Strahan, 37, popped the question to Murphy (the ex-wife of actor Eddie Murphy) on a beach in the Bahamas with a stunning canary yellow and white diamond ring.
"I have a great relationship and she's a great girl," says Strahan, who is a father of four. "I don't like to talk much about my private life, but I'm really happy."
Murphy, who has five children with her ex, wouldn't comment about the plans for her future with Strahan. But he says that though they've talked about it, "There aren't any plans for kids… We've got nine between us already."
Last year, Murphy opened up about her romance with Strahan.
"When I got divorced, I said never again," she told PEOPLE in 2008. "[But] Michael and I talk about everything, and we both love to travel, explore and laugh."
No date has been set for their wedding, according to Strahan's manager.
In mid-September, FOX will premiere Brothers, a sitcom in which Strahan plays a former NFL star dealing with post-gridiron life. Strahan will co-star with Daryl "Chill" Mitchell, CCH Pounder and Carl Weathers.