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The Best Members of ESPN's First Take 

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Updated May 3, 2019 556 votes 98 voters 3.2k views 18 items

List Rules Vote 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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Stephen A. Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Sports journalism, Talk show host, Basketball player

Age: 51

Birthplace: New 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
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Max Kellerman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Max Kellerman Sports journalism, Commentator, Talk show host

Age: 45

Birthplace: Greenwich 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 ...more
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Ryan Clark is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Ryan Clark Actor, American football player

Age: 39

Birthplace: Marrero, 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), ...more
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Louis Riddick is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
American football safety

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.
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Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
American football player

Age: 45

Birthplace: California

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 ...more
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Molly Qerim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Sports Anchor

Age: 33

Birthplace: New 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 ...more
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Cari Champion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Actor, Presenter

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.
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Will Cain is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Will Cain Writer, Lawyer, Commentator

Frequent guest NFL/NBA analyst

Will Cain is an analyst for TheBlaze and a contributor to CNN.
9
Tim Legler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Basketball player

Age: 52

Birthplace: Washington, 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
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Chris Broussard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Journalist

Age: 50

Birthplace: Baton 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
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Damien Woody is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
American football player

Age: 41

Birthplace: Beaverdam, 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 ...more
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Jeff Saturday is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
American football player

Age: 40

Birthplace: Atlanta, 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
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Skip Bayless is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Skip Bayless Commentator, Actor, Writer

Age: 67

Birthplace: Oklahoma 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
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Dana Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Actor

Age: 47

Birthplace: Bloomfield 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 ...more
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Darren Woodson is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Darren Woodson American football player

Age: 49

Birthplace: Phoenix, 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 ...more
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Reischea Canidate is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Journalist, Newsreader

Age: 43

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 ...more
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Rob Parker is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Rob Parker Sports columnist

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 ...more
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Jay Crawford is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Jay Crawford Actor

Age: Analyst, 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 ...more