Best known for analyzing college football, Maria Taylor is undoubtedly among the prettiest and most versatile sports commentators we may have come in contact with. Not only is she good at analyzing sports, but she also hosts sports programs. She mostly covers volleyball, as well as men and women’s basketball. Thanks to her passion and dedication to her career, Taylor’s name is making waves through the ranks, both at ESPN and in the entire broadcast industry.
Who is Maria Taylor and How Old is She?
Born in Alpharetta, Georgia, on May 12, 1987, Maria Taylor is the daughter of Suzette Taylor and Steve Taylor. She is of Afro-American lineage with an American nationality. She has two siblings named Vanna and Steve Taylor Jr.
Maria attended Centennial High School where she began to display her sporting skills both in basketball and volleyball. As a volleyball player, her brilliant performance earned her a scholarship to the prestigious University of Georgia. In addition to her scholarship, she is also a recipient of awards like the Fulton County’s Scholar-Athlete of the Year, USA Junior Volleyball member and the Tip-off team member of Atlanta
At the university, the sports lady did not slack in her sports activities, especially in volleyball and basketball games. Thanks to her skills, she was named among the All-SEC volleyball team members and even her US Volleyball Junior National A2 team was able to win a bronze medal at the US Volleyball Championships open division. She eventually ranked 4th all-time in career kills and 4th all-time in total points while rounding up her volleyball career. Maria then graduated from university in 2009.
Professionally, Maria Taylor kicked off as a college sports analyst and reporter in 2009. She reported for IMG College at the University of Georgia for three years. At the same time, she was part of various studio sports-related shows like SportsNite, SEC Men’s Basketball Tonight and Dawg Report. As a commentator, she shared the screen with the likes of Jesse Palmer and Brent Musburger. In 2013, she became ESPN2’s sideline reporter for its weekly prime-time college football telecast. The same year, she covered the annual Orange Bowl game for the second consecutive time.
Being one with a total passion for her career, Maria Taylor extended her tentacles to reporting for other sports. She has so far been analysing and reporting for various other games and shows like NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection Show and NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview. In 2017, Maria joined ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast team and for two years, she has been part of the network’s coverage of the Women’s Volleyball National Championship and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament. The sports lady eventually resigned from ESPN in 2018 but signed a contract to work with the network for an additional five years.
Salary And Net Worth
Maria’s net worth as of 2019 is over $2 million, thanks to her renewed contract with the U.S based pay sports channel ESPN. She was reportedly receiving an average salary of about $87,885 prior to her renewed contract with the reputed network in August 2018.
Maria earned additional income from her appearance in other cable sports channel for college women’s sports coverage. Her five years contract with ESPN is expected to earn her about $100,000 annually.
Boyfriend or Husband If Married
For a socialite like Maria Taylor, one would think she is very open about her private life but the opposite seems to be the case as she chooses to keep that part of her life away from the media. For this reason, it is not clear if she has a boyfriend or is in a relationship. What we know for sure is that the American sports reporter does not have a husband because she is not married yet.
On a few occasions, including her vacation at Palm Spring, Maria has been spotted with a man rumoured to be her boyfriend. She was even said to be tying the nuptial knot with the mysterious man soon. She even shares a couple of pictures with her unknown boyfriend on her various social media platforms. She is followed by over 20k fans on Facebook, more than 126k Twitter followers and over 134k Instagram followers.
Height, Weight & Other Measurements
The Georgian-born sports reporter is quite tall with an actual height of 6 feet 2 inches but her other body measurements and weight are still under review but looking at her recent picture posts, it is quite clear she has an athletic body.