Commentator, Numbers Never* Lie
Michael Smith joined ESPN in July 2004 as a National Football League senior writer for ESPN.com, covering league news and major events such as the NFL Draft, NFL Playoffs and the Super Bowl, and is currently the lead commentator for ESPN2’s new show Numbers Never Lie. He was a correspondent for E:60, ESPN’s first multi-themed prime-time newsmagazine program, which debuted October 2007.
Smith regularly appeared on ESPN studio programs as an NFL reporter and insider, including SportsCenter and NFL Live. He is also a panelist on Around the Horn and periodically appears on Sports Reporters and First Take.
Prior to joining ESPN on a full-time basis, Smith was a reporter for the Boston Globe (2001-2004) where he served as the paper’s NFL and New England Patriots beat writer. He covered the Patriots in their first two of three Super Bowl victories – 2002 (XXXVI) and 2004 (XXXVIII).
Smith began his journalism career while a student at Loyola University in New Orleans serving as a sports reporter and copy editor for the New Orleans Times-Picayune. He received a bachelor of science degree in mass communication in 2001.