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Marcellus Vernon Wiley Sr. (born November 30, 1974) is a retired American football defensive end who played 10 seasons in the National Football League for four teams. He was selected with the 22nd pick of the second round of the 1997 NFL Draft out of Columbia University by the Buffalo Bills. After four seasons with the Bills, he played for the San Diego Chargers, Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars. He was selected to the AFC Pro Bowl team in 2001, as a member of the San Diego Chargers.

Marcellus Wiley
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Wiley in 2010.
No. 75
Position:Defensive end
Personal information
Born: (1974-11-30) November 30, 1974 (age 44)
Compton, California
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:275 lb (125 kg)
Career information
High school:Santa Monica (CA) Saint Monica Catholic
College:Columbia
NFL Draft:1997 / Round: 2 / Pick: 52
Career history
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics
Tackles:324
Sacks:44
Interceptions:2
Player stats at NFL.com

He formerly co-hosted SportsNation on ESPN, as well as an afternoon drive-time sports talk radio show on ESPN 710AM in Los Angeles, and is currently a member of Fox Sports 1.[1] In 2018, Wiley's book Never Shut Up: The Life, Opinions, and Unexpected Adventures of an NFL Outlier was released.[2]

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BiographyEdit

Early lifeEdit

At Saint Monica Catholic High School in Santa Monica, California, Wiley starred in both football and track and field. In football, he was an All-Conference pick. Wiley was a teammate of Adrian Klemm. He was his school's Valedictorian and a member of the National Honor Society.[citation needed] He was the 1988 National typewriting champion with 82 words per minute.[3]

College careerEdit

At Columbia University, Wiley played tailback, defensive end, and kick returner for the Lions. He was a first team All-American, and All-Ivy League pick. Wiley graduated from Columbia in 1997 with a degree in sociology.[4]

Professional careerEdit

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 34 in
(1.95 m)
271 lb
(123 kg)
34 12 in
(0.88 m)
9 58 in
(0.24 m)
4.91 s 1.68 s 2.83 s 4.50 s 7.48 s 35 12 in
(0.90 m)
10 ft 2 in
(3.10 m)
28 reps
All values from NFL Combine[5]

Wiley started his professional career primarily as a situational pass rusher, recording nine sacks through his first three years. In 2000, when Hall-of-Famer Bruce Smith left for the Washington Redskins, Wiley replaced him at defensive end for the Bills.[6]

He was voted to the Pro Bowl once (2001) in his ten-year career.

NFL statisticsEdit

Year Team Games Combined Tackles Tackles Assisted Tackles Sacks Forced Fumbles Fumble Recoveries
1997 BUF 16 15 11 4 0.0 1 1
1998 BUF 16 24 17 7 3.5 0 1
1999 BUF 16 25 19 6 5.0 0 0
2000 BUF 16 65 40 25 10.5 3 1
2001 SD 14 48 38 10 13.0 5 0
2002 SD 14 35 30 5 6.0 1 0
2003 SD 16 51 38 13 3.0 2 1
2004 DAL 16 38 31 7 3.0 1 0
2005 JAX 11 6 6 0 0.0 0 0
2006 JAX 12 13 8 5 0.0 0 0
Career 147 320 238 82 44.0 13 4

Post NFL careerEdit

Wiley was a cofounder of Prolebrity (a portmanteau of pro and celebrity), a sports community where pro athletes express viewpoints, publicize their businesses, charities and events, and connect with other athletes, fans and business opportunities.

Wiley worked for ESPN's NFL Live and was a substitute co-host for Mike and Mike in the Morning. He also co-hosted SportsNation. Wiley co-hosted Winners Bracket with Michelle Beadle from 2010–2012. Later, he co-hosted "Afternoons on ESPNLA with Marcellus Wiley and Travis Rogers" on ESPN LA.

In January 2013, he became co-host of SportsNation on a full-time basis, taking over for Colin Cowherd.[7]

On July 13, 2018 Wiley left his position at ESPN and joined Fox Sports 1 as a co-host of Speak For Yourself alongside Jason Whitlock.

In 2018, Wiley's book Never Shut Up: The Life, Opinions, and Unexpected Adventures of an NFL Outsider was released.[2]

Millionaire MatchmakerEdit

Wiley appeared on a November 2011 episode of Bravo's Millionaire Matchmaker. Season 5, Episode 12: "The Player and the Piano Player" ended when Wiley successfully found a romantic interest.

Personal lifeEdit

He has a daughter named Morocca Alise Wiley (born 1999)[8] and a son named Marcellus Wiley, Jr. (born 2015).

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Here's Why Marcellus Wiley Is Leaving ESPN After This Week". thespun.com.
  2. ^ a b "Marcellus Wiley's book tells the tale of an inner city kid doing well". The Philadelphia Tribune.
  3. ^ Hollander, Dave (July 15, 2010). "ESPN's Marcellus Wiley Sees More Concussions and More Closeted Gays in NFL's Future". Huffington Post. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  4. ^ "Marcellus Wiley". Jacksonville Jaguars. Archived from the original on October 25, 2006.
  5. ^ "Contact Support". nflcombineresults.com.
  6. ^ "Columbia College Today". Archived from the original on September 2, 2007.
  7. ^ Nesheim, Jay Jay. "Charissa Thompson and Marcellus Wiley to Host SportsNation Starting in January". Retrieved January 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "Wiley's Profile". gocolumbialions.com.

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