Ever since Louis Riddick started working as an NFL Front Officer Insider for ESPN, the former football star has grown to become one of sportscasting’s household names. Even after retiring from active football career, he has remained close to the game he loves so much; satisfying sports viewers across the world with his objective insights and quality of work.
Louis Riddick’s Biography
Louis Riddick was born to his parents on March 14, 1969, in Quakertown, Pennsylvania, which doubles as the very place he was raised along with his brother, Robb Riddick. His family was popular for involvements in football games – Robb, who is twelve years younger than Louis is a retired NFL star who took up the cudgels for the Buffalo Bills from 1981 to 1989. The Riddick family also has two former football players known as Tim and Lewis. The two are Louis’ cousins.
The ESPN staff has not spoken much about his family in the public but he once shared that he lost his dad at the age of 65 and that his parents were his biggest supporters. According to him, they didn’t express worry over his career choice.
Riddick completed his high school education at Perkasie (PA) Pennridge and later proceeded to the University of Pittsburgh, from where he obtained a bachelor of arts in economics. At Pennridge, Louis was a USA Today and Parade Magazine All-American and a team captain as a senior, a two-time Academic All-America, and a four-year letterman while in college.
The Quakertown-born athlete joined the NFL in 1991 when he was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers as the 248th pick in the ninth round of that year’s draft. He went on to play seven seasons in the league as a safety. Over the course of his career, he represented the Atlanta Falcons from 1992 to 1996, the Oakland Raiders in 1998, and Cleveland Browns from 1993 to 1995, recording 172 total tackles and two sacks.
Upon his retirement, Riddick was hired as a pro scout for the American football team Washington Reskins, where he served for four years and was then promoted to Director of Pro Personnel 2005. The former NFL player was later hired as a pro scout by the Philadelphia Eagles in 2008, after which he was elevated to the position of the Director of Pro Personnel on the 3rd of February 2010. He worked with the Eagles 2010 and 2013.
Louis’s next stop was at ESPN, where he scored a job in May 2013 as a football analyst. Since he began working with the mega network, he has turned out to be one of the most well-respected NFL voices on sports television. He is saddled with the responsibility of providing analysis on ESPN’s signature NFL shows such as NFL Live, Monday Night Countdown, and Sunday NFL Countdown.
His job also guarantees him the freedom to travel to the site of weekly Monday Night Football game to share his opinion, insights, and thoughts with Suzy Kolber and Steve Young on halftime and postgame shows.
The hotly sought-after media personnel, in addition, provides commentary on ESPN Radio, ESPN morning show Get Up!, as well as SportsCenter. Riddick stands out as ESPN’s major contributor to NFL Draft, NFL Scouting Combine, and ESPN’s coverage of Super Bowl week. Among notable appearances for the network is his appearance on ESPN’s main set which he was a part of for the first time in 2015 when he made his NFL Draft television and joined the network’s main set for Round 1. All through 2016, he was part of ESPN main set for the aforementioned crucial sporting events and was also part of the crew that covered the NFL Draft (Rounds 2-3 in 2015 and Rounds 1-3 in 2014) on ESPN Radio.
Married, Family, Wife, Kids
Louis Riddick is blessed with a lovely and happy family that comprises of his wife and two wonderful children. While he is yet to fully discuss in details when he got married, who his wife and kids are, and where she is from and does for a living, reliable sources have it that the former footballer is a father of two – a son (born 2000) and a daughter. As of 2017, his son is in elementary and his daughter is in college.
The former football safety, who sported the No. 26, 42, 29, 41 jersey numbers in his active years, stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches, which is proportional to 1.88 meters.