Michele Tafoya will work her final NFL game this Sunday. She will be on the sidelines of the Super Bowl for the fifth time in her career. After that, she is stepping away from sports for an as-yet-unnamed opportunity.
On Monday, Tafoya and the rest of the NBC team covering the game met with the media. She was asked what it meant to her to be less than a week away from her final NFL game.
“I don’t want to be part of the story necessarily, but I do appreciate, more than ever this opportunity to do a fifth Super Bowl, to do it with this crew,” She answered. “I’ve worked a lot with this crew, and they are a family of mine.”
Michele Tafoya mentioned that while she is happy to be able to spend less time on the road and more time with her family, it is hard to say goodbye to so many people that have been a part of her life for such a long time. Leaving them will not be easy.
“I’ve been talking to guys this week that I’ve known for so long and sharing stories and just talking about how that’s going to be the hard part.”
During a conference call to announce the end of her tenure with NBC Sports, Tafoya acknowledged that she had initially planned to leave the sports world behind before the 2020 NFL season. Once Covid-19 became a factor, she felt like NBC needed as much stability as it could possibly have during what was sure to be a strange NFL season.
At the time, Michele Tafoya and her NBC colleagues insisted that she was not being forced out. She reiterated on Monday that she had come to a point where she felt she had accomplished all she needed to in the sports realm.
“We were all talking about how you get to a certain point, and you’ve chased what you wanted to chase, a particular arena in your life, and there are other things you want to chase, and that’s how I feel, and I feel strongly about that.”
Kay Adams Confirms She Is Leaving Good Morning Football
“Kay Adams did not have any news to share about where she may pop up next.”
There have been plenty of rumors surrounding the future of Kay Adams. One thing we can now say for certain is that she is leaving Good Morning Football on the NFL Network.
Adams said on Thursday’s show that her last episode will be Friday.
“I really want it to be a bit of a party, but tomorrow guys, is my last show,” she said.
Kay Adams did not have any news to share about where she may pop up next. She has been linked to Amazon. She remains a favorite to be a part of studio coverage of Thursday Night Football. It has also been reported that FanDuel has interest in working with her.
“It feels good,” Adams said when she was asked how she felt to share the news. “I feel proud of our show. You go back and look at those clips from 2016 and it’s this little ‘what is this?’ and it’s me and Kyle trying to get through segments of people we’ve never heard of and these awkward moments and to get to where it is now, this credible, reputable Emmy-nominated, should be Emmy-winning program is a really big accomplishment for the four of us.”
Maria Taylor Elevated To Host of Football Night In America
“Taylor joined NBC just before the 2021 NFL season.”
Maria Taylor will be the new face of Football Night in America on NBC. She will be the show’s new host. Last year, she shared co-hosting duties with Mike Tirico, who is moving into the play-by-play booth on Sunday Night Football.
“Maria is the perfect choice to carry the legacy forward of anchoring the most-watched studio show in sports,” NBC Sports Executive Producer Sam Flood said in a press release.
Taylor joined NBC just before the 2021 NFL season. She left ESPN after that year’s NBA Finals.
In addition to her work on Football Night in America, NBC has also used Maria Taylor in coverage of the Olympics and Paralympics in Tokyo and Beijing. She is also currently serving as the executive producer of an eight-part documentary about black quarterbacks, which is set to debut on Peacock.
Ros Gold-Onwude Lands Contract Extension From ESPN
“Her next assignment will be in the studio for ESPN Radio during Game 6 of the series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.”
ESPN is hanging onto Ros Gold-Onwude. The network has agreed to a multi-year extension with its NBA reporter and analyst.
Gold-Onwude has been all over the place for ESPN’s NBA coverage. She has served as a sideline reporter on television for both that league and the WNBA. She has also been on the radio, serving as the studio co-host for the NBA Finals.
On Twitter, she expressed her gratitude and excitement.
Previous stops for Ros Gold-Onwude include TNT and NBC Sports Bay Area. Her next assignment will be in the studio for ESPN Radio during Game 6 of the series between the Milwaukee Bucks and Boston Celtics.