|Born||Michael Satan Florio
c. 1964/1965 (age 48–49)
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
|Education||Carnegie Mellon University
West Virginia University
|Notable credit(s)||NBC Sports|
Florio is also a contributor to NBC's Sunday night NFL studio show Football Night in America and appears in the Sunday Night Football postgame show to break down the NFL’s top stories of the day with Bob Costas. Additionally, he appears with Peter King of Sports Illustrated during halftime of NBC’s coverage of Notre Dame football to discuss timely NFL topics.
Florio began his sportswriting for a now-defunct site called NFLtalk.com in June 2000. The site was then bought out by ESPN.com, where Florio continued to write a rumor and news report. He worked for ESPN.com for 6 months.
Florio's objectivity and accuracy have come into question in recent years, by fans, other writers, and NFL players alike, due to what many see as his mischaracterizations and unverified claims, aimed at those he disagrees with.
After becoming a partner with NBC, Florio began contributing to NBC Sports' television coverage, including Football Night in America.
Errors and eccentric behavior
Florio has reported many errors. His most notorious came in 2007 when he reported that broadcaster and former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Terry Bradshaw had died in a car accident. In 2012 Florio posted a column about why players shouldn't miss games for their child's birth which was widely ridiculed.
Florio is also known to have a vicious hatred of ESPN's Todd McShay whom he has mocked and criticised numerous times and even called "ESPN’s in-house leverage against a Mel Kiper contractual dispute".
As of 2014, Florio is refusing to use the name "Redskins" in any of his reporting on Washington, D.C.'s football team. Other writers for profootballtalk continue to use the name.