Three-time Super Bowl champion and former All-Pro offensive guard Mark Schlereth joined ESPN in 2001 as a NFL analyst. He can be seen on NFL Live, SportsCenter and other shows, including ESPN’s annual Super Bowl week coverage.
Schlereth has also been a regular contributor to ESPN Radio, co-hosting his own shows – Hill & Schlereth (with Mike Hill) and Sedano & Stink (with Jorge Sedano) – and guest-hosting Mike & Mike through the years. He also helped anchor ESPN Radio’s NFL Draft broadcast in 2012.
Beyond his NFL role, Schlereth has contributed to other ESPN platforms. He wrote a biweekly column for ESPN The Magazine titled “The Marksman,” and he contributed video blogs and a college baseball journal to ESPN.com in 2008 for “Meet the Schlereths,” a reality-based web series that profiled him and his family travelling the country to watch his son, Daniel, play college baseball for the University of Arizona.
A two-time Pro Bowl selection and 1997 All-Pro, Schlereth played 12 NFL seasons – six with the Washington Redskins (1989-94) and six with the Denver Broncos (1995-2000), earning three Super Bowl rings (1992, 1998 and 1999).
Known for his hard-nosed competitiveness, Schlereth played 156 games during his NFL career before retiring in April 2001 after his 29th surgery (20 on his knees). He was originally selected in the 10th round of the 1989 NFL Draft by the Redskins out of the University of Idaho.
Schlereth, who currently co-hosts The Fan Morning Show on 104.3 The Fan in Denver, worked at the same station from August 2010 through 2011 with former Broncos teammate Alfred Williams and Darren McKee. He also co-hosted a local sports radio show in the Mile High city from 2001-04 with former Broncos lineman David Diaz-Infante. In August 2010, Schlereth released his first book “Ready, Set, Play!”, a collection of stories by famous athletes, coaches and public personalities about the impact their parents had on them as children. He also previously penned a weekly NFL column for the Washington Examiner.
Schlereth has also worked as a film and television actor. He played a football coach in the remake of the 1980s cult film Red Dawn in 2012, and he appeared in season 2 of HBO’s Ballers, alongside The Rock. His life was the subject of a CBS sitcom pilot in 2011, and he had a recurring role as Detective Roc Hoover on CBS’s long-running daytime soap opera Guiding Light from 2006-09.
A true entrepreneur, he launched Mark Schlereth’s Stinking Good Green Chili in April 2008, which is available in the Denver area – where Schlereth continues to live – at Coors Field and is available in Colorado King Scoopers, Safeway, Whole Foods and the Pepsi Center.
Schlereth was the first Alaska native to play in the National Football League. Born in Anchorage, he was given the nickname “Stink” during his first season with the Broncos in 1995 when he told a story of his sister working in an Eskimo town in Alaska, where people cut the heads off of fish and considered it a delicacy; the heads are known as stinkheads.
Schlereth’s son, Daniel, was selected in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft as a relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks. Schlereth’s daughter Alexandria is a reporter for 120 Sports.
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