Annie Apple Isn’t Letting Eli Apple Hog Her Spotlight, Joins ESPN Sunday Countdown
The stars of the NFL Draft were supposed to be Jared Goff, Carson Wentz and Ezekiel Elliott. These guys were the first three offensive players taken in the draft and they were supposed to be the major stories to watch coming out of the draft. Except they aren't. The biggest star from the NFL Draft, in fact, wasn't even in the NFL Draft.
Annie Apple has gone from hilariously tweeting mother of Giants first rounder Eli Apple, to the awesome Sports Illustrated columnist, to now, a weekly contributor to ESPN's NFL Sunday Countdown. While her son is fighting to start for the Giants, Annie is has turned her blog, "Surviving America", into a full-time job with the worldwide leader.
We profiled Annie Apple right after the draft. Her tweets were insightful and her account immediately became a must follow for us. Despite appearing on a few ESPN shows after the draft, we didn't expect her to turn her son being drafted, into a job.
Via ESPN..."I am beyond excited to be joining the ESPN family and to have the platform to rep sports moms' perspectives, energy, contributions and fantastic awkwardness to viewers around the world," Annie Apple said. "Moms are the heart and backbone of all sports. We are our kids' first coaches, trainers, nutritionists and cheerleaders."
Will Annie be asked to talk about her son on the show? What if he son does something stupid either on or off the field? That will put Annie in a very awkward position. Although ESPN hasn't shied away from this standpoint in the past with the likes of Tim Hasselbeck and Jon Gruden in high profile positions with the company, despite their brothers being in major NFL roles. Unsurprisingly, ESPN is excited about their newest hire.
"Annie caught our attention during the NFL Draft, and when we met her in-person at ESPN, we were blown away by her relatability, her sense of humor and just how unafraid she is to speak her mind," said Seth Markman, senior coordinating producer for ESPN's NFL studio shows. "Annie brings a very unique perspective as the mother of a current NFL player and as a fan, and we look forward to exploring a variety of different story ideas with her on Sunday NFL Countdown."
Yeah, we'll see how long this relationship lasts.
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