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Adam Schefter is on SportsCenter talking about big NFL news.

He’s giving the details of the latest story when he abruptly stops mid-sentence and looks down at his phone. How about you take a second to live in the moment, Adam?

He gives a quick blurb to update the anchor and audience on the scoop he received. By the time he’s done talking, a tweet is up announcing the news to the world.

Schefter is the master of breaking NFL news, whether that be on live television or on social media in the wee hours of the night.

He was a pacesetter in starting this trend, and his paycheck proves it.

Early Life & Career

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Schefter’s birth place is Valley Stream, New York. He grew up in the Long Island community of Bellmore, New York, where he attended John F. Kennedy High School. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan — where he was an editor for The Michigan Daily — and his graduate degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.

The American sportswriter’s career began in the Pacific Northwest as an intern for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. He later moved to Denver, Colorado and wrote for the Rocky Mountain News and The Denver Post. While in Colorado, he covered the Denver Broncos.

The sportscaster used to sub for Woody Paige on ESPN’s Around the Horn and also appeared on The Sports Reporters. He did some NFL preseason work with NBC as a sideline reporter in 2008.

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Schefter joined the NFL Network team in 2004. His duties included television appearances on NFL Total Access and writing for NFL.com.

Personal Life & Other Ventures

The sports media member met his wife Sharri Maio on a blind date and married her 11 months later. Sharri brought her son Devon from her previous marriage into the new relationship. Her first husband Joe Maio died in the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks.

Maio and Schefter have a daughter named Dylan together.

The NFL reporter had a cameo in Adam Sandler’s The Longest Yard.

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ESPN Career

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The NFL television analyst officially joined ESPN in 2009. Today, he holds the title of Senior NFL Insider.

Schefter regularly appears to talk pro football on ESPN programs such as SportsCenter, NFL Live, Sunday NFL Countdown, and Monday Night Countdown as well as ESPN Radio shows.

He hosts his own podcast for ESPN audio called The Adam Schefter Podcast. The podcast was formerly called Know Them From Adam: The Adam Schefter Show.

In addition to breaking the latest NFL news to his 8.3 million Twitter followers, Schefter has written several books.

His bibliography includes The Class of Football: Words of Hard-Earned Wisdom from Legends of the Gridiron; TD: Dreams in Motion: The Memoirs of the Denver Broncos’ Terrell Davis with Terrell Davis; Think Like A Champion: Building Success One Victory at a Time with Mike Shanahan; Romo: My Life on the Edge: Living Dreams and Slaying Dragons; and The Man I Never Met: A Memoir.

Schefter was voted USA Today‘s best NFL insider by fans from 2009-11. He was named Sports Illustrated‘s “Media Person of the Year” in 2014.

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Schefter’s speed in getting his NFL scoops out to the masses has not always been a simple and blemish-free process. After the untimely death of former-Washington Commanders quarterback Dwayne Haskins, Schefter tweeted the news but added a repugnant descriptor of Haskins’ career. “Dwayne Haskins, a standout at Ohio State before struggling to catch on with Washington and Pittsburgh in the NFL, died this morning when he got hit by a car in South Florida, per his agent Cedric Saunders. Haskins would have turned 25 years old on May 3.” Schefter has since apologized, but his mentions are still full of Twitter users reminding him of the insensitive comment.

There was also the incident in which e-mails between Schefter and a former executive from the Washinton Commanders organization were uncovered by the Los Angeles Times, in which Schefter appears to give the executive the opportunity to edit a story about the team that the ESPN writer was planning on running. “Please let me know if you see anything that should be added, changed, tweaked,” Schefter wrote in an e-mail. He then added, “Thanks, Mr. Editor, for that and the trust. Plan to file this to espn about 6 am.” Not a great look, and Schefter was also forced to apologize for this ethical breach.

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Adam Schefter Net Worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, Adam Schefter’s estimated net worth is $4 million. Schefter makes $1.2 million per year.

Schefter signed a five-year contract extension with ESPN in 2016. The new contract included his podcast, some occasional NBA sideline reporting, and sideline reporting for ESPN’s 2017 NFL Wild Card coverage.

His annual salary is sure to increase in a new deal.

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Joe Grobeck About the author:
Joe is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and lives in Austin, Texas. He believes Ndaumkong Suh should've won the 2009 Heisman and is an avid basketball fan.
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