Who is Maria Taylor?
Maria Taylor is a sportscaster, TV host, producer, and public speaker from the United States. She is the host of various popular NBC Sports franchises, including Football Night in America, which is the most viewed studio show in sports.
She is the first female full-time host of Football Night. Taylor presided over primetime network broadcasts of the NBA Finals, Super Bowl, Tokyo Olympics, NFL Draft, and Winter Olympics in Beijing over the course of an unprecedented ten months.
Maria Taylor Attended The University of Georgia
Taylor graduated from The University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism and a master’s degree in business administration. She was a volleyball and basketball player for the school from 2005 until 2009.
Maria Taylor Was Born in Georgia, USA
Taylor is 36 years old as of 2023. She was born on May 12, 1987, in Alpharetta, Georgia, USA.
Maria Taylor Has Married Twice
Taylor married her now ex-husband, Rodney Blackstock on May 5, 2019. They had dated for five years. Maria, who is known for keeping her personal life private, hit headlines in 2019 when she revealed her marriage to Blackstock.
They both planned to marry in June 2016, but decided against the decision after realizing that they were not ready for commitment. Finally, three years later, they both announced their engagement. In an unusual twist, the couple separated in 2020 under unclear circumstances.
In February 2021, Maria posted wedding photos with a completely different man (Jon) on Instagram with a caption that reads; “I love our love story.” She did not, however, tag her new husband in any of the photos at the time.
Maria Taylor Salary and Net Worth
Taylor earns a salary that ranges between $1 million – $3 million at NBC Sports. She is one of the highest paid sportscasters in the industry. Taylor has a net worth of $2 million as of 2023.
Maria Taylor NBC Sports
Maria is a popular name in several households in the United States. She has hosted several most-watched programs such as College GameDay, NBA Countdown, NCAA College Football National Championships, the NBA Finals, and Monday Night Football to name a few.
She has also emceed several other major sporting events. Maria joined NBC Sports in July 2021, only a few days after hosting NBA Countdown during the NBA finals, and made her on-air debut during the live broadcast of the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics.
She later hosted the Super Bowl LVI Pregame Show, the Olympics and Paralympics in Beijing, as well as the men’s and women’s semifinals and finals of the tennis tournament known as the 2022 French Open.
It was reported in May 2022 that Taylor would take over as the lead host from Mike Tirico who was transferring to the lead play-by-play position for Sunday Night Football.
Where did Maria Go to High School?
Maria attended Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia. She had a successful four-year basketball career in Centennial in which she received many accolades.
How Tall is Maria Taylor?
Maria stands at a height of 6 feet 2 inches.
Where Did Maria Go to College?
Taylor attended the University of Georgia. She delivered the commencement address in May 2021, marking the 60-year anniversary of the university’s integration.