American sports broadcaster Maria Taylor was in a romantic relationship with a mysterious boyfriend in 2016. Her numerous posts with him substantiated the fact that the couple was to get married soon.
The Georgia native is known for her work as an analyst and host for ESPN and its other venture, the SEC Network. She covers college football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball in the network.
In her early days, Maria used to play volleyball and basketball and was a recipient of an athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia.
Maria Taylor’s Height Helped Her Play Volleyball During College Days
She attended Centennial High School and later went to the University of Georgia, where she received a degree in broadcast news in 2009. From the same University, she pursued her Master of Business Administration in 2013.
Maria, who stands at a height of 1.87 meters (6 feet 2 inches) used to play for the US Volleyball Junior National A2 team. Possessing athletic height, she helped the team to win a bronze medal during the Open Division of the US Volleyball Championships in the summer of 2008.
Derives Impressive Salary As Sports Analyst
She was the sideline reporter for a weekly Saturday-night primetime college football telecast on the ESPN2 network in 2013.
Maria joined ESPN in 2014 as a college analyst & reporter. After working for three years, she was named as a reporter for College GameDay Built by Home Depot and ABC Saturday Night Football in 2017.
She is currently appearing as a host and analyst in various college sports coverage on the network. She also became a part of ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage and has been a guest host on getting Up! which was hosted by newly married ESPN presenter Jalen Rose during the 2018 NBA Finals.
When it comes to earning, Maria has undoubtedly collected an impressive salary for her stint at ESPN. A sports analyst receives the average salary of $68,480 and as she is associated with one of the best sports networks, her salary surpasses the average amount.
Maria Taylor Shares Her Career Journey With University Students
While Maria is seen a lot as an advocate for her charity, The Winning Edge Leadership Academy, she took a step back and shared her experiences at the Chapel on 17 October 2018 with University of Georgia students in finding her passions.
She was invited by Laura Little, the director of the Institute for Leadership Advancement who helped organize the event. She knew Maria personally from teaching her in the leadership class of the MBA program.
The venue was full of students and faculty, all waiting to hear Taylor’s story. Leonard Leadership Scholar Jack Zucker opened the event as he provided a background to Taylor’s journey from a UGA student-athlete to a sports broadcaster.
In the interview, Maria spoke about the trials and errors she faced, from switching her major three times to recalling embarrassing moments on live television. She concluded her story as she talked about how having one mindset couldn’t make it big for her so she changed her course multiple times.
She assured me that changing courses didn’t mean failure and that it could lead people to the right thing they need in life.
She Shares Close Bond With Family, Ethnicity
The talented analyst was born on 12 May 1987 as a daughter of mixed ethnicity parents. Her father was a former FBI agent, Steve, and her mother, Suzette Taylor.
She is a family girl and does not fail to demonstrate her love for her family through social sites.
In January 2015, on the day of the retirement of her father from the FBI, she uploaded a picture of her father and mother on her Twitter. In the caption, she wrote that her father retired from the FBI after 27yrs of service and she has grown up with the perfect example of a loving husband and father.
She also has a brother, Steve, and a sister Savannah in her family. She belongs to the Afro-American ethnicity.
Is Maria Taylor Enjoying Married Life With Husband?
The sportscaster is overly secretive when it comes to her personal life and has not manifested her possible husband to the media.
However, it came to the light that she was engaged in an affair with a mysterious boyfriend in the year 2016. Her multiple Instagram pictures hinted that they were seriously engrossed in each other and soon to be married. Maria’s alleged boyfriend was featured in her vacation photographs at Palm Springs.
Moreover, she was seen on holiday at the lakeside along with her friend and the same mysterious guy in 2016. However, they are no longer together now as the post has been removed from her Instagram.
Maria, who is currently unmarried, might still be in search of a perfect husband.