Suzy Kolber


Suzy Kolber

Infobox Celebrity
name = Suzy Kolber


birth_date = birth date and age|1964|5|14
birth_place = Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
occupation = Sideline Reporter

Susanne Lesley Kolber (born May 14, 1964, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) is a football sideline reporter, co-producer, and anchor for ESPN. She was one of the original anchors of ESPN2 when it launched in 1993. Three years later, she left ESPN2 to join Fox Sports, but rejoined ESPN in late 1999, and has been there since.

On March 5, 2008, Kolber gave birth to a baby girl. [ [http://www.philly.com/philly/blogs/phillygossip/ESPNs_Suzy_Kolber_is_a_new_mom.html Philly.com] , "ESPN's Suzy Kolber becomes a Mom. Grandpa mum on paternity", 3/06/2008.]

Early life

She is a 1982 graduate of Pennsylvania's Upper Dublin High School in which she was the only girl on the football team and a 1986 graduate of the University of Miami. As reported by Tony Kornheiser's radio show, former NFL player Ron Jaworski used to babysit Kolber when she was a kid. Jaworski and Kolber are now part of the same ESPN crew.

The Namath incident

On December 20, 2003, Kolber received national attention when, covering a New York Jets game, former Jets quarterback Joe Namath twice stated, in a nationally televised sideline interview with Kolber, that he wanted to kiss her. Namath later apologized and blamed the incident on his obvious intoxication. Soon after, Namath entered an outpatient alcoholism treatment program. Namath chronicled the episode, including his battle with alcoholism in his book, "Namath" (ISBN 1-59071-066-5).

Endorsements

Kolber's football broadcast narrative is featured on Sega's video game, "ESPN NFL Football" for Microsoft's Xbox and Sony's PlayStation 2. Kolber also is a national television spokesperson for Chevrolet and Pepsi-Cola commercials.

ESPN Extreme Games for Playstation 1995, she has multiple video sequence's hyping up the player, introducing levels, and hinting at secret areas.The re-release of the game; 1eXtreme removed all of her videos, and any reference to ESPN.

"The Impossible Jump"

On May 4, 2006, Kolber, along with Sal Masekela, hosted ESPN's telecast of "The Impossible Jump" live from Las Vegas, in which Mike Metzger was attempting to do a back flip over the Fountains at Caesars Palace, which was ultimately a success.

"Monday Night Football"

Following many years as a sideline reporter on "Sunday Night Football" with Mike Patrick, Joe Theismann, and Paul Maguire, Kolber joined ESPN's "Monday Night Football" crew for the 2006 and 2007 seasons as a sideline reporter along with Michele Tafoya when the network took over the longtime football series from ABC.

"NASCAR Countdown"

In the two prior weeks to Kolber's arrival, Brent Musburger had mysteriously been absent from his position as lead host of NASCAR Countdown on the ABC/ESPN network. On the week of the race on May 19, ESPN gave no reason for his absence or dismissal but announced Kolber is the new host of Nextel Cup and Busch Series studio programming. She has since been replaced by Allen Bestwick as host of NASCAR Countdown.

Notes

External links

* [http://www.espnmediazone.com/bios/Talent/Kolber_Suzy.htm Suzy Kolber Official Biography at ESPN.com] .
* [http://www.ifilm.com/ifilmdetail/2483773 Suzy Kolber's ESPN in-game interview with an intoxicated Joe Namath] .
* [http://kissingsuzykolber.uproxx.com/ Kissing Suzy Kolber] Sports humor blog named in 'honor' of the Namath incident.


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