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.
Ryan ClarkActor, American football player
Birthplace: Marrero, Louisiana, United States of America
Frequent guest NFL analystRyan 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
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
Analyst, 2012-presentStephen 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
Frequent guest NFL analystLouis Angelo Riddick (born March 15, 1969) is a former American football safety who played in the NFL from 1991 to 1998.... more
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut
Analyst, 2015-presentMolly 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
Max KellermanSports journalism, Commentator
Birthplace: Greenwich Village, New York City, New York, United States of America
Analyst, 2016-presentMax 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
Frequent guest NFL analystTedy 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
Birthplace: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Former guest analystChris 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
Analyst, 2012-2015Cari 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
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.
Frequent guest basketball analystTimothy 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
Birthplace: Beaverdam, Virginia
Frequent guest NFL analystDamien 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
Darren WoodsonAmerican football player
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona
Frequent guest NFL analystDarren 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
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia
Frequent guest NFL analystJeffrey 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
Will CainWriter, Lawyer
Frequent guest NFL/NBA analystWill Cain is an analyst for TheBlaze and a contributor to CNN....
Birthplace: Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States of America
Analyst, 2007-2011Dana 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
Age: Analyst, 2007-2012
Analyst, 2007-2012Jason "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
Skip BaylessCommentator, Actor
Birthplace: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America
Analyst, 2007-2016Skip 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
Analyst, 2009-2011Reischea 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
Rob ParkerSports columnist
Guest analyst until 2013Rob 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