Former All-Pro defensive end Marcellus Wiley is a commentator on ESPN2’s Los Angeles-based studio show SportsNation (weekdays at 3 p.m. ET) alongside Max Kellerman with host Michelle Beadle. The trio discuss the day’s hottest and most compelling sports topics.
In addition to SportsNation, Wiley co-hosts “Max & Marcellus” on 710AM ESPN Radio Los Angeles with Kellerman. The program airs weekdays 2:45 – 7 p.m. PT and features lively discussions on the day’s top sports news and events.
Wiley previously served as an NFL analyst for ESPN, making regular appearances on NFL Live, SportsCenter, and ESPNEWS, while also contributing to ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage. He was also a host of Winners Bracket on ABC.
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 ColumbiaUniversity in 1997 with a bachelor of science degree in sociology.
Wiley, who resides in Hollywood Hills, 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.
In 2006 Wiley was inducted into the Columbia University Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2013 he was inducted into the Ivy League Hall of Fame. 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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