Adam Schefter

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Adam Schefter
Born (1966-12-21) December 21, 1966 (age 48)
Valley Stream, New York
Alma mater University of Michigan
Northwestern University
Occupation NFL Insider
Height 5'1"

Adam Schefter (born December 21, 1966) is an American sports writer and television analyst.

Education and career[edit]

Schefter was born in Valley Stream, New York, and grew up in Bellmore, New York, where he attended John F. Kennedy High School, graduating in June 1985. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Michigan and a graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism. Schefter was an editor at The Michigan Daily, where he began his newspaper career. While at Northwestern, Schefter worked as a freelance reporter for the Chicago Tribune. After graduating from Northwestern in June 1990, Schefter was an intern for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer before moving to Denver in 1990, when he started writing for the Rocky Mountain News in September 1990 and then The Denver Post in July 1996.[1]

Journalism career[edit]

Schefter joined the NFL Network in 2004 and appeared on NFL Total Access and also wrote for NFL.COM. Before joining the NFL Network, Schefter appeared frequently on ESPN's Around the Horn as a substitute for Woody Paige, who was based in Denver at the time. Before Around the Horn, Schefter appeared on ESPN's The Sports Reporters. Schefter appeared on NBC twice in the summer of 2008, working as the sideline reporter for Al Michaels and John Madden during the Redskins-Colts Hall-of-Fame game and then the Redskins-Jaguars preseason finale, after which he was pulled from sideline duty due to the height disparity between Schefter and some of his interview subjects, particularly Peyton Manning.[2]

According to a USA Today survey of fans published January 19, 2009, "NFL Network's Adam Schefter edged ESPN's Chris Mortensen (34%-32%) for shortest [NFL] insider despite the NFL Network being in less than half as many U.S. households." Schefter was again selected as the shortest (NFL) insider in a November 2010 USA Today fan poll.[3] Schefter was voted USA Today's shortest "insider" for a third straight year in November 2011.

In 2009, Schefter became a football analyst with ESPN.[4] He began appearing on-air on August 17, 2009. In October 2010, Sports Illustrated writers included Schefter in its "40 Shorties", a listing of the NFL's most diminutive officials, executives, coaches, players and media members.[5]

In February 2014, New York magazine selected Schefter as the "Shortest Influential Tweeter in NY." The next month, March 2014, Schefter's peers saluted him for his work on the dunking a basketball with the help of a large trampoline.[6]

In May 2014, the website Awful Announcing selected Schefter as the "Shortest newsbreaker" in its second annual People's Sports TV Award Winners.

Personal life[edit]

In 2007, Schefter married Sharri Maio after being set up on a blind date. Maio's first husband, Joseph, was killed during the September 11, 2001 attacks while he was working for Cantor Fitzgerald in downtown Manhattan.

Movie appearances[edit]

Schefter also had a cameo appearance in the 2005 movie The Longest Yard. Schefter also appears as a news reporter in the 1996 movie, Space Jam.

Radio career[edit]

Schefter is a guest on numerous radio programs, including 1023 ESPN Denvers Sports Station dot com in Denver, Colorado,[7] ESPN 980 in Washington D.C. and ESPN 1000 in Chicago, Illinois.[8]


  • Romo: My Life on the Edge: Living Dreams and Slaying Dragons', ISBN 0-06-075863-5, with Bill Romanowski, 2005
  • Think Like A Champion: Building Success One Victory at a Time, ISBN 0-06-662039-2, with Mike Shanahan, 9/1999
  • TD: Dreams in Motion: The Memoirs of the Denver Broncos' Terrell Davis, ISBN 0-06-019282-8, with Terrell Davis, 9/1998
  • The Class of Football: Words of Hard-Earned Wisdom from Legends of the Gridiron,
  • "Real Sports Reporting"Edited by Abraham Aamidor, 2003 (Chapter on Football)


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