Michael Smith (sports reporter)

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Michael Smith
Michael Smith 2010.jpg
Smith in 2010.
Born (1979-08-01) August 1, 1979 (age 35)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
Education Loyola University
Occupation Television Sports Commentator (ESPN) commentator, sportswriter, sports reporter
Notable credit(s) ESPN First Take
NFL Live
1st and 10
Around The Horn
Numbers Never Lie
His & Hers (ESPN)
Mike & Mike

Michael Anthony Smith II[1] (born August 1, 1979) is an NFL reporter for ESPN and a senior writer for ESPN.com.[2]

Early life and education[edit]

Smith was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana where he attended McDonogh No. 35 Senior High School. As a high school third string quarterback, he defeated Eli Manning, now of the New York Giants.[2] After graduation, he attended Loyola University of New Orleans.


Smith watched the New England Patriots for three years. He joined ESPN part-time in September 2004 as an NFL Insider. He has been a guest caller, as well as a guest host along with Erik Kuselias on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning and has appeared as a panelist on the ESPN's Around the Horn.[2][3] As of July 25, 2012 Smith has won on Around the Horn 127 times in 431 appearances.[4]

Smith has been an illustrator for ESPN the Magazine, where he specialized in drawings of NFL coverage, as well as a sketch artist for the ESPN television newsmagazine E:60.[2][5] Smith is now a co-host of the ESPN2 show Numbers Never Lie, which debuted September 12, 2012.

On February 4, 2013, Smith debuted His & Hers, a podcast which he co-hosts with his friend and ESPN colleague, Jemele Hill. Due to the popularity of the podcast, they have two podcasts a week and His & Hers daily.


  1. ^ https://twitter.com/#!/undecided/status/190182601984712704
  2. ^ a b c d "Michael Smith bio page". ESPNmediazone3.com. 1 March 2010. Retrieved 26 July 2011. 
  3. ^ Horne, James D (14 May 2004). "ESPN's shows give relief from the monotonous everyday horror". The Leaf-Chronicle. p. B1. Retrieved 21 October 2010. 
  4. ^ Around the Horn
  5. ^ Smith, Michael (1 December 2008). "Last Laugh U". ESPN The Magazine. 

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