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The Best Members of ESPN's First Take  

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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

Analyst, 2012-present

Stephen Anthony Smith, more commonly known as Stephen A., is an American television personality, host, radio host, and former sports journalist. Smith is a commentator on ESPN First Take, where ...more
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Max Kellerman is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Sports journalism, Commentator, Talk show host

Analyst, 2016-present

Max Kellerman is an American boxing commentator and sports talk radio host based in Los Angeles. He appears as a color commentator on HBO World Championship Boxing and HBO Boxing After Dark and ...more
3
Tedy Bruschi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
American football player

Frequent guest NFL analyst

Tedy Lacap Bruschi is a former American college and professional football player who was a linebacker in the National Football League for thirteen seasons. He played college football for the ...more
4
Ryan Clark is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Actor, American football player

Frequent guest NFL analyst

Ryan Terry Clark is a former American football safety that played in the National Football League. He played college football at Louisiana State University, and was signed by the New York Giants ...more
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Louis Riddick is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
American football safety

Frequent guest NFL analyst

Louis Riddick is a former American football safety in the NFL from 1991 to 1998. He was drafted by the San Francisco 49ers in the ninth round of the 1991 NFL Draft. He played college football at ...more
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Cari Champion is listed (or ranked) 6 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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Dana Jacobson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Actor

Analyst, 2007-2011

Dana Jacobson is a sports anchorwoman for CBS. She joined the network in 2013 after ten years at ESPN, where she began as an ESPNEWS anchor in December 2002 and soon became a regular anchor on ...more
8
Jeff Saturday is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
American football player

Frequent guest NFL analyst

Jeffrey Bryant Saturday is a retired American football center who played for the Indianapolis Colts and the Green Bay Packers of the National Football League. He played college football for the ...more
9
Will Cain is listed (or ranked) 9 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.
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Chris Broussard is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Journalist

Former guest analyst

Chris Broussard is an American sports analyst for ESPN, who mainly covers the NBA. He also is a columnist for ESPN Magazine and ESPN.com. Broussard also makes appearances on ESPN's NBA Fastbreak ...more
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Darren Woodson is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Darren Woodson American football player

Frequent guest NFL analyst

Darren Ray Woodson is a former American football safety in the National Football League. He played his entire career for the Dallas Cowboys from 1992 to 2004. He was drafted by the Cowboys in ...more
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Damien Woody is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
American football player

Frequent guest NFL analyst

Damien Michael Woody 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. He played college ...more
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Tim Legler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Basketball player

Frequent guest basketball analyst

Timothy Eugene Legler is an American retired professional basketball player who played in the NBA. He is currently an ESPN basketball analyst.
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Molly Qerim is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Sports Anchor

Analyst, 2015-present

Molly Qerim is an American sports anchor and reporter for the NFL Network. She currently is a host on the network's weekday morning show, NFL AM, and also hosts NFL Fantasy Live.
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Rob Parker is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Rob Parker Sports columnist

Guest analyst until 2013

Rob Parker is an American sports columnist with ClickOnDetroit.com and a regular commentator on WDIV-TV Local 4 Sports Final Edition. Parker previously served as a journalist for The Detroit ...more
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Skip Bayless is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Commentator, Actor, Writer

Analyst, 2007-2016

Skip Bayless is an American sports columnist, author, and television personality who is best known as the star of the ESPN2 show, First Take.
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Jay Crawford is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Jay Crawford Actor

Analyst, 2007-2012

Jason "Jay" Crawford is an American sports journalist who is currently employed by ESPN. As of July 9, 2012, Crawford anchors the live 12-3 PM edition of SportsCenter with Chris ...more
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Reischea Canidate is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Members of ESPN's First Take
Journalist, Newsreader

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