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Michael Smith
File:Michael Smith 2010.jpg
Smith in 2010.
Born (1979-08-01) August 1, 1979 (age 42)
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.
EducationLoyola University
OccupationTelevision Sports Commentator (ESPN) commentator, sportswriter, sports reporter
Notable credit(s)ESPN First Take
NFL Live
1st and 10
Around The Horn
Numbers Never Lie

Michael Anthony Smith II[1] (born August 1, 1979) is an NFL reporter for ESPN and a senior writer for[2]


Smith was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana where he attended McDonogh No. 35 Senior High School after graduation he attended Loyola University of New Orleans. As a high school quarterback, he defeated Eli Manning, now of the New York Giants.[2]

Smith covered the New England Patriots at the Boston Globe for three years. He joined ESPN full-time in September 2004 as an NFL reporter. He has been a guest, as well as a guest host along with Erik Kuselias on ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike in the Morning and has appeared as a panelist on the ESPN's Around the Horn.[2][3] As of July 25, 2012 Smith has won on Around the Horn 120 times in 403 appearances.

Smith has been a writer for ESPN the Magazine, where he specialized in NFL coverage, as well as a reporter for the ESPN television newsmagazine E:60.[2][4] Smith narrates ESPN's 30 for 30 series.[citation needed]

Smith now co-hosts the ESPN2 show Numbers Never Lie, which debuted September 12, 2011.

On February 4, 2013, Smith debuted His & Hers, a podcast which he co-hosts with fellow ESPN personality Jemele Hill.