Maria Taylor

John Max 08 Dec,2020

Facts of Maria Taylor

Full Name
Maria Taylor Hyatt
Birth Name
Maria Taylor
Famous Name
Maria Taylor
Birth Date
Married to
Rodney Blackstock
Affair with
Currently Married
Suzette Taylor
Steve Taylor
No. of Twitter Followers


Career & Net worth

Net Worth
$2 Million
Famous for
Analyst, host, ESPN, SEC Network
Analyst, host, ESPN, SEC Network
Currently Club
ESPN and SEC Network
Started career as
a college analyst and reporter and joined the SEC Network


Married to
Rodney Blackstock
Affair with
Currently Married

Maria Taylor Hyatt, popular as Maria Taylor is a sports sideline reporter currently working for NBC. Previously, she served as an analyst and host for the ESPN and SEC Network. She covers college football, volleyball, and college men's and women’s basketball.

Maria has an estimated net worth of over $2 million. AT NBC, she As a College Football Analyst at ESPN Maria's 2018's contract reportedly entitles her to an average salary of $87,885. Regarding her relationship status, she is married. 

Maria Taylor Salary and Net worth

Maria Taylor has an estimated net worth of over $2 million. Though her salary at NBC is not public, for sure Taylor is earning a seven-digit figure per annum. 

In 2020, ESPN reportedly offered to increase Taylor's $1 million annual salaries to $5 million, which she turned down. Taylor left the network on July 20, 2020, and joined the NBC. 

She receives an average salary of $87,885 before she renewed her contract with ESPN in late August of 2018. 

Her income is further added to several other Cabel sports channel appearances and several college women's sports coverage too. 

Maria Taylor's Lifestyle SOURCE: Instagram

In December 2018, Maria Taylor's five years deal with ESPN, by the beginning of 2019 will yield her somewhere around $100 thousand for her on-field play by play reporter per year. 

With a tremendous net worth and salary, she is living a lavish lifestyle. 

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Social Works and Charity

Taylor other than being a famous sportscaster is also involved in numerous humanitarian works and is a co-founder of a social organization called Winning Edge which is a social organization with a common goal of developing leadership qualities in women especially from minority groups.

She is often seen attending their functions and is further seen sharing her experience with young adults and is often seen attending fundraisers, seminars, and workshops with the social organization.

Who is Maria's Husband?

Maria is married to Jon. The couple tied the knot in Feburary 2021. Actually, the nupital was bombshell news. Why? because she was previously married to Rodney and after divorce she went to live her life quite private.  Many congratuation to this new couple. 

Aforementioed, Maria Taylor was married to her long-time boyfriend, Rodney Blackstock. The duo met while watching the Charlotte Hornets in North Carolina, on September 2014. The couple connected in the back room of that same Hornets game.

According to Taylor, Blackstock approached her first and they exchanged numbers.

Maria Taylor married her boyfriend, Blackstock SOURCE: theknotnews

Taylor believes it was love at first sight. “I’ve never had that feeling before, ever, where you just look at someone and you’re like, ‘That’s the one.’” 

Eight months later, Blackstock proposed to her and they planned on getting married that June in 2016. However, both parties felt there were rushing into marriage a little too soon. Hence, they decided to wait for some time. A second proposal took place during a hike in L.A. later three years where Blackstock proposed to her with a floral-inspired ring featuring a halo. 

Maria Taylor and Husband Rodney Blackstock SOURCE: theknotnews

The couple exchanged vows at the oceanfront Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Florida, on 5th May 2019. At the wedding, the bride wore a gown by Eve of Milady from Bridals by Lori in Atlanta, Georgia. The pair went with a beach theme comprised of an all-white color scheme.

She once stated there has been one big shift in the relationship. “You always knew there was love, but marriage adds this layer of security. We’re going through our life together, forever,”.

Besides, there is no information about her past affairs or boyfriend


In September 2018, Maria interviewed Alabama's coach Nick Saban putting forward a controversial question, “Everyone had questions about who was going to start at QB when this game started, what answers did you have about your QBs after watching both of them play tonight?

Saban instead replied violently and said:

“Well, I still like both guys. I think both guys are good players. I think both guys can help our team, alright? So, why do you continually try to get me to say something that doesn’t respect one of them? I’m not going to! So quit asking!”

Short Bio

Taylor was born on May 12, 1987,  in Alpharetta, Georgia, United States. Her star sign is Taurus. Talking about her nationality, she is an American and belongs to the Afro-American ethnicity.  She is the daughter of Steve Taylor, a former FBI agent, and Suzette Taylor.


Maria Taylor went to Centennial High School and showed a deep interest in sports from her childhood days. She was the recipient of the Atlanta Tip-Off Team of the Year and also was a member of the 2004 USA Volleyball Junior National A2 team.

Upon graduation, she got an athletic scholarship from the University of Georgia, where she played basketball and volleyball from 2005 to 2009. While Maria was a university student, she had already made her appearance on several studio shows like Dawg Report, SEC Men’s Basketball Tonight, and SportsNite

She graduated from Georgia University in 2009, and later joined IMG College at the University of Georgia and graduated in broadcast news. Prior to becoming a professional, she has worked as a reporter for three years for the University of Georgia. Taylor also pursued her Masters of Business Administration in 2013 from the University of Georgia too.

Professional Career

Maria Taylor is successfully working as an analyst and host for ESPN and SEC Network. She signed up as a reporter with the SEC Network in its third game season. She works as a college football reporter along with Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer for ESPN and she even worked as a sports analyst for college-level women’s volleyball and basketball game.

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Finally, in 2013, Maria Taylor worked as a sideline correspondent on ESPN 2 as a sports analyst. She also became a part of ESPN's NBA draft coverage and is a guest host on Get Up! which is hosted by Jalen Rose

YouTube: Maria Taylor in ESPN Get Up!

Taylor was named as the reporter for College GameDay replacing Samantha Ponder and ABC Saturday Night Football in 2017. She is one of the most reputed hosts for ESPN and works alongside reputed reporters such as Laura Rutledge, Kaylee Hartung, and Cary Champion.

Furthermore, Taylor was a host and reporter for the 2018 College Football Playoff National Championship between the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.

After her contract expired on August of 2018, ESPN and Maria came to an agreement for the second time and penned a Five years contract together. 

As per the report from The Athletic’s Richard Deitsch, Taylor and Rachel Nichols will split the hosting role of ESPN’s NBA Countdown in some manner this year

Recent Announcements

If you follow Maria Taylor on Twitter, then you probably are aware that she is not only a College sports analyst and announcer but a genuine college sports promoter, she is seen giving things away on charity just to promote college games.

Take a look at her Giveaway announcement for College football promotion:

As of late 2018's Taylor has around 107 thousand followers on her Twitter account. Further, she has around 98.6 thousand followers on her official Instagram account.

Maria Taylor hosting ESPN program SOURCE: Youtube

Her Instagram post for her 2018's last appearance for the famous morning show "Get Up" received over 2400 likes just because the sportscaster chose to wear a green Top-followed with leggings and skirt.

Further, the long-legged reporter was one of the most searched sportscasters on the very same day on 21st December-2018.


Maria Taylor is a sexy African-American sports journalist for ESPN, she is an on-field play by play reporter for many college games broadcasted on ESPN. Maria isn't just talented but is a very attractive TV personality.

Maria is 6 feet and 2 inches tall in height, which is around 1.88m. Maria also has a good number of followers on her Twitter and Instagram accounts. She uses her accounts like Twitter to let her fans know about the games, result,s and her personal life event behind the camera.

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