Who is Maria Taylor?
Maria Taylor Hyatt was born on 12 May 1987, in Alpharetta, Georgia USA, and is a television host as well as an analyst, best known for her work with ESPN, and with the SEC Network. She covers numerous sports-related events, including men’s and women’s college basketball, football and volleyball.
The Riches of Maria Taylor
How rich is Maria Taylor? As of early-2019, sources estimate a net worth that is at $2 million, earned largely through a successful career on television, having covered high profile college sports events throughout her career. As she continues her endeavors, it is expected that her wealth will also continue to increase.
Early Life and Education
Very little is known about Maria’s family and her childhood; she attended Centennial High School and during her time there, was a basketball player for the school’s team, earning numerous awards during her tenure. She was a member of the Atlanta Tip-Off Team of the Year, and was named as a Fulton County Scholar Athlete of the Year. She also played for the school’s volleyball team, and was named the Offensive MVP for three years, and a three-time All-Region Selection. She was also selected for the 2004 USA Junior National A2 Volleyball team.
After matriculating from high school, she enrolled at the University of Georgia thanks to an athletic scholarship, and continued her run with both basketball and volleyball playing from 2005 to 2009, being named an All-SEC team member for each season she played. She helped the US Volleyball Junior National A2 team to get a bronze medal during the Open Division of the US Volleyball Championships. At the end of her college career, she was ranked fourth all-time in program history.
Sports Broadcasting Career
Taylor began her sports broadcasting career as a host and reporter for IMG College, which is the largest collegiate sports marketing company, representing numerous colleges plus the NCAA. She covered the University of Georgia for the next three years, and with IMG, also appeared in numerous studio shows of the company, including “Dawg Report”, “SportsNite”, and “SEC Men’s Basketball Tonight”.
In 2013, she started working as a sideline reporter for ESPN 2, covering the Saturday night primetime college football telecast. She also covered the Orange Bowl, which is the second oldest bowl game in the country behind the Rose Bowl for the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision. The opportunity allowed her to start working as an analyst for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Selection show, and she worked for the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament Preview Show. Her work with ESPN2 led her to ESPNs coverage of the Women’s National Volleyball Championship and the NCAA Women’s Basketball Tournament over the next few years, so her popularity increased considerably, and so did her net worth.
SEC Network and Recent Endeavors
In 2014, with Taylor’s experience as a college analyst and reporter growing, she joined the SEC Network – owned by ESPN in a joint venture with The Walt Disney Company – reporting on college football, and is often seen working with Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer. She also became involved in other SEC telecasts, such as with women’s basketball and volleyball. In 2017 she became a broadcast team member of “ESPN College GameDay” replacing Samantha Ponder as a host and reporter. The show is a part of the network’s coverage of College Football, and is best known for its prediction segment that happens at the end of each broadcast.
With ESPN, she also hosted the college football play-off game between the University of Oklahoma and the University of Georgia, and hosted and reported for the 2018 College Football Play-off National Championship which saw the University of Alabama battle against the University of Georgia. During the same year, she gained attention after interviewing Nick Saban, the head football coach of the University of Alabama, asking about two prospective quarterbacks for the university, which he answered with an attitude at which many took offense. After a lot of criticism coming his way, he later apologized to her.
— Maria Taylor (@MariaTaylor) February 21, 2019
Personal Life and Social Media
For her personal life, many sources state that Taylor is single and is not likely looking for a relationship due to her focus on her work. However, there are rumors going around that she is romantically involved with a person named Rodney B, who goes by the handle apexblack5 on Instagram and Twitter. This was due to several social media posts made by Taylor possibly linking the two. However, the relationship has never been confirmed by either party, and many sources also believe that she is doing her best to keep this aspect of her life away from the public.
Similar to numerous sports broadcasters, she is highly active online through accounts on social media – on Facebook which she promotes some of her recent and upcoming projects, and posts photos of herself while on set. Her Instagram account has a lot of personal photos, and also of her with various college sports names, plus personal shots and videos showcasing a bit of her life away from her work. She also posts a few of her personal advocacies and thoughts through Twitter.