Michael Silver Profile

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Michael Silver

NFL.com Columnist

    Michael Silver joined the NFL Network prior to the kickoff of the 2013 season serving as an NFL Insider. He appears on a variety of NFL programs and writes columns for NFL.com. Silver is an award-winning journalist who has provided cutting-edge coverage of the NFL for nearly a quarter-century. Armed with a vast network of sources, provocative opinions and a gift for gaining access to the sport's most compelling figures, Silver is a multimedia personality whose columns, television analysis and radio interviews are consumed by millions of fans. After a long career in print journalism that included a 13-year run as a senior writer at Sports Illustrated, where he authored more than 70 cover stories, Silver took his talents to the worldwide web, joining Yahoo! Sports in 2007. During his six years at the site Silver wrote popular, branded columns such as Morning Rush, 32 Questions and Friday Offerings To the Football Gods, helping Yahoo! complete an unlikely jump to the top of the ComScore ratings. Among the recognition Silver received at Yahoo! was a second-place finish for 'Breaking News' in the Associated Press Sports Editors' annual writing contest-for the April 2012 story in which the infamous 'pay-for-injure' audiotape featuring former New Orleans Saints defensive coordinator Gregg Williams was revealed. During his six years at the site, Silver regularly shook up the football world with compelling columns such as Dez Bryant's revelation of a controversial pre-draft interview with Miami Dolphins general manager Jeff Ireland, ex-Oakland Raiders assistant Randy Hanson's contention that head coach Tom Cable had physically attacked him and the 'near-mutiny' against Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh in a team meeting during the 2012 season. He also wrote several celebrated stories for GQ, including a 2011 article examining the NFL's growing head-trauma crisis and a 2012 detailing of Tim Tebow's polarizing string of performances for the Denver Broncos. After covering the San Francisco 49ers for a pair of Northern California newspapers and later becoming a Santa Rosa Press Democrat columnist, Silver joined Sports Illustrated in 1994 and made an immediate impact, authoring cover stories on Joe Montana's retirement and NBA bad boy Dennis Rodman's wild, unconventional lifestyle. He would write an unprecedented 13 consecutive Super Bowl game stories for the magazine and earn a reputation as a reporter with unmatched access to pro football's players, coaches and executives. In 2005 Silver toured New Orleans with then-Saints running back Deuce McAllister and Salvation Army officials several days after Hurricane Katrina. He is believed to have been the first outside sports journalist to enter the city after the catastrophe and wrote a trio of memorable stories about his experiences. Silver has authored books on NFL Hall of Famer Jerry Rice ('Rice'), NBA Hall of Famer Rodman ('Walk On The Wild Side'), former St. Louis Rams and Arizona Cardinals star and current NFL Network analyst Kurt Warner ('All Things Possible') and Olympic swimming champion Natalie Coughlin ('Golden Girl'). He has been featured in movies such as 'Run Ricky Run' (part of ESPN's 30-for-30 series) and 'The United States of Football' and has appeared in numerous NFL Films productions, including the popular Top 10 series. He has been a regular contributor to NFL Network since 2010, most recently serving as a regular panelist on the Top 100 Reaction broadcasts. A proud graduate of the University of California, Silver has served on the school's Athletic Hall of Fame committee since 2007. Over the past eight years he has been a consistent advocate for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and other Type 1-related organizations. Silver lives in Northern California with his wife, Leslie, and their three children. In addition to watching his kids play sports, he enjoys sushi, bodyboarding and listening to extremely loud rock n' roll and hip-hop.

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