NFL Analyst and Winners Bracket Co-Host
Former All-Pro defensive end Marcellus Wiley is an NFL analyst for ESPN, a host of Winners Bracket on ABC, and now a co-host on 710AM ESPN Radio Los Angeles. Wiley regularly appears on NFL Live, SportsCenter, and ESPNEWS, while also contributing to ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage. He makes frequent visits to ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning and guest host appearances on ESPN2’s SportsNation.
The animated and charismatic Wiley was named co-host of Winners Bracket alongside Michelle Beadle in 2010. The one-hour bracket-style format series debuted that spring on ABC and is 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 expanded 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 3-7 p.m. PT and features lively discussions on the day’s top sports news and events.
After a 10-year NFL career, Wiley joined ESPN in 2007, primarily as a studio analyst on ESPN2’s First Take. He also served as a game analyst for ESPN’s Arena Football League telecasts in 2008.
A second round pick of the Buffalo Bills in the 1997 NFL Draft, Wiley played for four teams – Buffalo (1997-2000), San Diego Chargers (2001-03), Dallas Cowboys (2004) and Jacksonville Jaguars (2005-06) – and was one of the NFL’s top defensive players during the prime of his career. In 2001, Wiley led the Chargers with a career-high 13 sacks and five forced fumbles. He was voted a starter for the AFC in the Pro Bowl and named to Pro Football Weekly’s All-AFC Team. The previous season he led the Bills with 10.5 sacks. Wiley was named one of the Top 50 players in the NFL at any position twice by Pro Football Weekly. He was also nominated for the Walter Payton Man of the Year three times for his volunteer and charity work.
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, 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 was graduated from Columbia University in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree in sociology.
Wiley, who resides in Chatsworth, Calif., 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 magazine, co-founder of Prolebrity, an online sports community for professional athletes, and an accomplished DJ.
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