Mike Florio

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Mike Florio
Mike Florio 2014.jpg
Florio in 2014
Born c. 1964/1965 (age 49–50)[1]
Wheeling, West Virginia, U.S.
Nationality American
Education Carnegie Mellon University
West Virginia University
Occupation Lawyer
Sportswriter
Notable credit(s) NBC Sports
Religion Roman Catholic[2]
Spouse(s) Jill
Children Alex

Mike Florio (born c. 1964/1965) is an American sportswriter. He writes for Profootballtalk.com, which he created and owns.

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.[3]

Early life[edit]

Florio was born and raised in Wheeling, West Virginia. He attended Wheeling Central Catholic High School where he played Football, Basketball, Soccer and Baseball. He graduated in 1983.[4]

After a stint at Carnegie Mellon, Florio graduated from West Virginia University’s law school in 1991.

Sportswriter career[edit]

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.[5]

On November 1, 2001, Florio created the website Profootballtalk.com, which focuses on the National Football League.[6]

On June 14, 2009, it was announced that Profootballtalk.com would become an affiliate of NBC Sports, which would hold exclusive rights to PFT content although Florio would retain ownership.[7]

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.[8][9][10]

After becoming a partner with NBC, Florio began contributing to NBC Sports' television coverage, including Football Night in America.[11]

Errors and eccentric behavior[edit]

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.[12] In 2012 Florio posted a column about why players shouldn't miss games for their child's birth[13] which was widely ridiculed.[14][15][16]

In June 2013, Florio had a public Twitter fight with Jacksonville Jaguars mascot Jaxson de Ville.[17][18][19]

Florio is also known to have a vicious hatred of ESPN's Todd McShay whom he has mocked and criticised numerous times [20][21][22][23] and even called "ESPN’s in-house leverage against a Mel Kiper contractual dispute".[24]

Florio is also known for censoring critical comments of ProFootballTalk and any comments even in jest about himself[25]

Florio is married and has one child. They live in Bridgeport, West Virginia.[26] Florio also used to be a lawyer.[27] Florio is a lifelong fan of the Minnesota Vikings.[28]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/sports/football/21florio.html
  2. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2013/10/17/russell-wilson-says-he-was-a-kind-of-a-bad-kid-until-he-found-religion/
  3. ^ http://nbcsportsgrouppressbox.com/bio/mike-florio/
  4. ^ http://wvrecord.com/news/219717-west-virginia-lawyers-nfl-blog-goes-big-time
  5. ^ http://wvrecord.com/news/219717-west-virginia-lawyers-nfl-blog-goes-big-time
  6. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/about/
  7. ^ http://articles.latimes.com/2009/jun/15/sports/sp-profootballtalk.com15
  8. ^ http://logicaloptimizer.blogspot.com/2010/03/mike-florio-lowest-scumbag-in-sports.html
  9. ^ http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/pattisonave/Mike-Florio-wrong-for-his-criticism-of-Charles-Tillman.html
  10. ^ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-florio-vs-ian-rapoport-flares-up-again.html
  11. ^ http://press.nbcsports.com/bios/mike-florio.html
  12. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2008/11/05/greatest-moments-in-pft-history-no-4/
  13. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2012/11/07/players-missing-games-for-babies-being-born-raises-plenty-of-questions/
  14. ^ http://deadspin.com/5958654/players-missing-games-for-babies-being-born-raises-plenty-of-questions-writes-pro-football-talk-weirdo
  15. ^ http://slumz.boxden.com/f16/mike-florio-of-pft-writes-his-dumbest-article-yet-1840898/
  16. ^ http://www.bflo360.com/2012/11/mike-florio-should-shut-up-about.html
  17. ^ http://deadspin.com/now-mike-florio-is-getting-in-twitter-fights-with-nfl-m-514512539
  18. ^ http://www.bigcatcountry.com/2013/6/19/4447146/jaxson-deville-mike-florio-twitter-fight-profootballtalk
  19. ^ http://awfulannouncing.com/2013/twitter-wars-mike-florio-vs-the-jaguars-mascot.html
  20. ^ http://thebiglead.com/2014/05/11/mike-florio-and-todd-mcshay-are-squabbling-tonight/
  21. ^ http://www.gamedayr.com/lifestyle/todd-mcshay-mike-florio-twitter-feud-106976/
  22. ^ http://awfulannouncing.com/2014/mike-florio-is-taking-shots-at-todd-mcshay.html
  23. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/14/mcshay-issues-a-2015-mock-draft-with-underclassmen-in-it/
  24. ^ http://profootballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/05/11/draft-experts-share-responsibility-for-underclassmen-who-are-undrafted/
  25. ^ http://deadspin.com/5152276/ex-vike-robert-smith-goes-to-the-blog-mattresses-against-mike-florio-update
  26. ^ http://wvrecord.com/news/219717-west-virginia-lawyers-nfl-blog-goes-big-time
  27. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/sports/football/21florio.html
  28. ^ http://www.nytimes.com/2009/11/21/sports/football/21florio.html?_r=0

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