Former NFL Player/Host of ESPN SportsNation
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Few professional football players have perfected the transition from the gridiron to the broadcasting studio, but Former All-Pro defensive end Marcellus Wiley is one of them. A witty and whimsical graduate of Columbia, Wiley is known not only for his considerable size, but also his considerable intellect. He has found two stable homes in the ESPN Studios located in Los Angeles, California, where he is the Co-host of both SportsNation (which airs weekdays at12PM PST on ESPN2) and Max & Marcellus.
In addition to working as a co-host on SportsNation, Wiley can be heard on 710AM ESPN Radio Los Angeles, as a co-host of Max & Marcellus show. It is apparent that the ESPN headquarters are more like a second home to Wiley with regular appearances on NFL Live, SportsCenter, First Take, ESPN News, and frequent visits to ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning show. Also, Marcellus is a regular contributor to ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage.
A native of Compton, Calif., Wiley played college football at Columbia University, helping the Ivy League program improve from a 2-8 record his freshman year to 8-2 his senior season. He earned first team all-conference honors in 1994, and was named Sports Illustrated National Defensive Player of the Week when he had two sacks, a forced and recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and scored a touchdown as a running back while playing on both sides of the ball against Yale. He also earned All-American and All-Conference honors in 1996 and was named the Sid Luckman team MVP. Wiley graduated from Columbia University in 1997 with a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology. He was inducted into the Columbia University Athletics Hall of Fame in its inaugural class in 2006; but more impressively he was inducted into the Ivy League Hall of Fame in 2012.
A second round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1997 NFL Draft, Wiley played for four teams throughout his career which included: Buffalo (1997-2000), San Diego Chargers (2001-03), Dallas Cowboys (2004) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2005-06). Wiley was considered one of the NFL’s top defensive players during the prime of his career. In 2001, Wiley led the Chargers with a career-high of 13 sacks and five forced fumbles. He was voted as a starter for the AFC in the Pro Bowl, and also named into Pro Football Weekly’s All-AFC Team. During his previous season with the Bills, Wiley had an outstanding year as well leading the team with 10.5 sacks.
During his NFL career, Wiley had the honor of being named one of the Top 50 Players in the NFL, twice, by Pro Football Weekly. He was also nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year three times for his volunteering and charity work.
Wiley first made his transition from the NFL to ESPN in 2007, where he started off as a studio analyst on ESPN2’s First Take. Shortly after, in 2008, he became a game day analyst for ESPN’s Arena Football League telecasts.
With such a charismatic personality, it was no surprise when Wiley was named co-host of Winners Bracket with Michelle Beadle in 2010. This one-hour bracket-style format series debuted spring of 2010 on ABC, as a part of the weekly two-hour ESPN Sports Saturday block (4-6 p.m., April through mid-August). The show debates and recaps weekly sports topics with highlights, analysis, and discussion of the biggest sports newsmakers and stories, culminating with the determination of the bracket champion.
In January 2011, Wiley continued to expand his ESPN role when he was named co-host of "Max & Marcellus" on 710AM ESPN Radio Los Angeles. Alongside longtime sports radio host Max Kellerman, the program airs weekdays 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. (PST), and features stimulating discussions on the latest sports news and events.
Wiley took on his full-time position on SportsNation in January of 2013, where he took over for Colin Cowherd. SportsNation is an hour-long show that is powered by the people. Fans are able to choose the topics covered on each show via ESPN.com’s SportsNation site. This unique show allows fans to interact with the hosts before, during, and after the show by email, text, Twitter, or a simple phone call.
Outside of the sports world, Marcellus appeared on Bravo’s popular show Millionaire Matchmaker in 2011 where he made an attempt to find a potential spouse. Interestingly enough, he also judged the Miss Universe Pageant in Panama City, Panama in 2003.
During his free time, Wiley enjoys spending time with his wife, Annemarie-- who is expecting their first child this summer. However, Marcellus is no stranger to being a parent as he has a 16 year old daughter, an honor roll student, and an accomplished track and soccer player.
Wiley was an All-Westside, All-Conference and All-League selection at Saint Monica High in Santa Monica, Calif., where his No. 3 was retired in 2002. In addition to his athletic success, Wiley was honored academically as a National Award Winning Typist, a member of the California Scholastic Federation and the National Honor Society. In 2009, Wiley was named the recipient of the Advocate Award by the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence for his invaluable activism and dedication to raising awareness about reducing gun violence. Among his varied interests, Wiley is a featured contributor to Athletes Quarterly and an accomplished DJ under the moniker "Dat Dude".