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The Best Members of ESPN's First Take

Updated May 3, 2019 958 votes 143 voters 4.8k views18 items

List RulesVote up the best hosts and analysts on ESPN's First Take.

First Take is a popular show on ESPN that has been on the air since 2007. It airs daily every Monday through Friday where a table of commentators discusses the latest developments in the sports world. Over the last decade, numerous different anchors and sportscasters have taken the reigns and offered their insights as regular contributions on this popular ESPN show. As you think back on all of the ESPN First Take hosts, which ones bring a smile to your face? This is your chance to go in for a touchdown and let the world know who you think the best is. 

First Take was initially preceded by Cold Pizza. When the show first started, Skip Bayless, Jay Crawford, and Dana Jacobson. Crawford and Jacobson came from Cold Pizza and offered their hot takes until they left the show in 2011 and 2012, respectively. It was also around this time the show underwent a dramatic format change. At this time, the show focused more on debate, with the hosts offering more heated discussions. The show moved to New York in 2018. 

The hosts on ESPN First Take have all left their mark on the series. Vote for your favorite hosts, old and current, and join in on another type of heated debate. 

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  • 1
    Actor, American football player
    48
    19

    Age42

    BirthplaceMarrero, Louisiana, United States of America

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

    Ryan Terry Clark (born October 12, 1979) is a former American football safety who played in the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Louisiana State University (LSU), and was...  more
  • 2
    Sports journalism, Talk show host
    59
    35

    Age54

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Analyst, 2012-present

    Stephen Anthony Smith (born October 14, 1967) is an American sports television personality, sports radio host, sports journalist, and actor. Smith is a commentator on ESPN First Take, where he...  more
  • 3
    American football safety
    40
    16

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

    Louis Angelo Riddick (born March 15, 1969) is a former American football safety who played in the NFL from 1991 to 1998....  more
  • 4
    Sports Anchor
    43
    32

    Age36

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut

    Analyst, 2015-present

    Molly Qerim Rose (born March 31, 1984) is an American sports anchor and moderator for ESPN's First Take. Qerim previously was the host of NFL Network's weekday morning show, NFL AM, and NFL Fantasy...  more
  • 5
    Sports journalism, Commentator
    45
    37

    Age48

    BirthplaceGreenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Analyst, 2016-present

    Max Kellerman (born August 6, 1973) is an American sports television personality and boxing commentator. He is currently a co-host of ESPN talk show First Take alongside Stephen A. Smith and Molly...  more
  • 6
    American football player
    30
    19

    Age48

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

    Tedy Lacap Bruschi (; born June 9, 1973) is a former professional American football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League (NFL) for thirteen seasons. He played college football...  more
  • 7
    Journalist
    30
    23

    Age52

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Former guest analyst

    Chris Wichard Broussard (born October 28, 1968) is an American sports analyst and commentator for Fox Sports 1 and Fox Sports Radio. He is best known for his coverage of the NBA. Previously, he...  more
  • 8
    Basketball player
    23
    14

    Age54

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Frequent guest basketball analyst

    Timothy Eugene Legler (born December 26, 1966) is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is currently an ESPN basketball...  more
  • 9
    Actor, Presenter
    31
    24

    Analyst, 2012-2015

    Cari Champion is an American broadcast journalist and television personality. She has worked as an anchor and reporter for the Tennis Channel and is currently the host of ESPN2's First Take....  more
  • 10
    American football player
    23
    15

    Age43

    BirthplaceBeaverdam, Virginia

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

    Damien Michael Woody (born November 3, 1977) is a former American football offensive lineman who played for the New England Patriots, Detroit Lions and New York Jets of the National Football League...  more
  • 11
    American football player
    21
    14

    Age52

    BirthplacePhoenix, Arizona

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

    Darren Ray Woodson (born April 25, 1969) is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He played his entire career for the Dallas Cowboys from 1992 to 2003. He was drafted by...  more
  • 12
    American football player
    23
    16

    Age46

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

    Jeffrey Bryant Saturday (born June 18, 1975) is a former American football center. He played college football for the University of North Carolina. He was signed by the Baltimore Ravens as an...  more
  • 13
    Writer, Lawyer
    34
    33

    Frequent guest NFL/NBA analyst

    Will Cain is an analyst for TheBlaze and a contributor to CNN....
  • 14
    18
    17

    Age49

    BirthplaceBloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States of America

    Analyst, 2007-2011

    Dana Jacobson (born November 5, 1971) is a host and correspondent for CBS News currently serving as a co host for CBS This Morning Saturday. She is also an anchor & reporter for CBS Sports and CBS...  more
  • 15
    13
    14

    AgeAnalyst, 2007-2012

    Analyst, 2007-2012

    Jason "Jay" Crawford (born July 4, 1965) is an American sports journalist who was formerly employed by ESPN. Crawford anchored the live 11AM-1PM edition of SportsCenter with Chris McKendry until...  more
  • 16
    Commentator, Actor
    32
    41

    Age69

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Analyst, 2007-2016

    Skip Bayless (born John Edward Bayless II December 4, 1951) is an American sports columnist, author, and television personality. He is well known for his work as a commentator on the ESPN2 show,...  more
  • 17
    Journalist, Newsreader
    14
    18

    Age46

    Analyst, 2009-2011

    Reischea Canidate is an American journalist. She formerly worked for ESPN and ESPNews. Canidate attended college at the University of Southern California. Along the way, she has worked in different...  more
  • 18
    Sports columnist
    17
    26

    Guest analyst until 2013

    Rob Parker (born January 10, 1964) is an American sports anchor for 7 Action News at 10pm on TV20 Detroit and a contributor to Fox Sports 1's show Skip and Shannon: Undisputed. Prior to that, he was...  more