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The Best Members of ESPN's First Take

Updated May 3, 2019 772 votes 101 voters 3.4k 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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    Stephen A. Smith is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    Stephen A. Smith

    Sports journalism, Talk show host

    Age52

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Analyst, 2012-present

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    Max Kellerman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    Max Kellerman

    Sports journalism, Commentator

    Age47

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

    Analyst, 2016-present

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    Louis Riddick is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    15

    Louis Riddick

    American football safety

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

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    Ryan Clark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    16

    Ryan Clark

    Actor, American football player

    Age40

    BirthplaceMarrero, Louisiana, United States of America

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

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    Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    13

    Tedy Bruschi

    American football player

    Age47

    BirthplaceCalifornia

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

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    Molly Qerim is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    25

    Molly Qerim

    Sports Anchor

    Age35

    BirthplaceNew Haven, Connecticut

    Analyst, 2015-present

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    Cari Champion is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    17

    Cari Champion

    Actor, Presenter

    Analyst, 2012-2015

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    Tim Legler is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    Tim Legler

    Basketball player

    Age53

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Frequent guest basketball analyst

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    Chris Broussard is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    Chris Broussard

    Journalist

    Age51

    BirthplaceBaton Rouge, Louisiana

    Former guest analyst

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    Will Cain is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    27

    Will Cain

    Writer, Lawyer

    Frequent guest NFL/NBA analyst

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    Damien Woody is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    11

    Damien Woody

    American football player

    Age42

    BirthplaceBeaverdam, Virginia

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

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    Dana Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    13

    Age48

    BirthplaceBloomfield Hills, Michigan, United States of America

    Analyst, 2007-2011

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    Darren Woodson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    Darren Woodson

    American football player

    Age51

    BirthplacePhoenix, Arizona

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

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    Jeff Saturday is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
    16
    15

    Jeff Saturday

    American football player

    Age45

    BirthplaceAtlanta, Georgia

    Frequent guest NFL analyst

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    Skip Bayless is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    Skip Bayless

    Commentator, Actor

    Age68

    BirthplaceOklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Analyst, 2007-2016

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    Jay Crawford is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    Jay Crawford

    Actor

    AgeAnalyst, 2007-2012

    Analyst, 2007-2012

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    Reischea Canidate is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    Reischea Canidate

    Journalist, Newsreader

    Age45

    Analyst, 2009-2011

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    Rob Parker is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
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    Rob Parker

    Sports columnist

    Guest analyst until 2013

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