Mark Schlereth

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Studio Analyst on NFL Live

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1/25/1966, Anchorage, Alaska

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  • Mark Frederick Schlereth (born January 25, 1966 in Anchorage, Alaska) is a former professional football player and current television sportscaster. Schlereth played guard in the NFL for 12 seasons (1989-2000) with the Washington Redskins and Denver Broncos. He is currently a football analyst for ESPN on NFL Live, Sportscenter, and other programs. He is a frequent guest and occasional fill-in host on ESPN's Mike and Mike in the Morning. He has recently begun a career in acting, and appeared on the soap opera Guiding Light in June 2007.

    Birth Name:

    Mark Frederick Schlereth

    Gender:

    Male

    Birth Place:

    Anchorage, Alaska

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  • Quotes (8)

    • (referencing Collegiate Players) Mark Schlereth: Pretty soon, though, a lot of these guys will be NFL players, and watching the bowls gets me thinking about the way we evaluate football players: It's wrong. We get so enamored by speed, size, vertical jumps, and all these other measurables and tangibles. But what makes a great football player isn't size or speed. Great football players know how to play the game, and they push harder than guys twice their size. There's a mantra among NFL players: "Looks like Tarzan, plays like Jane." That's how we talked about these gigantic, muscular guys who took the field and got tossed around like baby giraffes. They can bench and jump in the gym, but they haven't got any functional strength. And while those guys will get the attention on draft day, they quickly find out they're not cut out to play in the league.

    • Mark Schlereth: I'm not a huge college football fan. The reason I'm not is because there's not a playoff.

    • (On why Mark's character name on Guiding Light is Roc Hoover) Mark Schlereth: I started goofing around on radio here at ESPN. I couldn't possibly go in as Mark Schlereth. I had to have an alter ego or a nickname or whatever you want to call it. So I invented the name on the spot that afternoon. Roc was the no-brainer part. Where Hoover came from, I have no idea. It just kind of came out and [ESPN radio show hosts] Mike and Mike.... they run with it, with their production crew and all the people behind the scenes. They have a guy name Joaquin, he created my own theme song! Then it took on a life of its own. I get stopped as many times [by fans] in the airport asking Roc Hoover questions as I do NFL questions. I've had a great time with it.

    • (Referring to his acting strategy) Mark Schlereth: All I tried to do was be conversational. The biggest thing in my mind was 'Don't act.' Because if I tried to act, I would have come off as a big cheeseball.

    • (Regarding Guiding Light's Casting Director contacted him about being on the show) Mark Schlereth: I thought it was one of my buddies playing a joke on me. I was e-mailed at my personal Web site and I just kind of laughed it off and then I started doing some investigative work. The e-mail was: "We really like you on television. We think you have that look...." The names and e-mails checked out, so I thought, maybe this is real! I responded and said, "Certainly I'd be interested in possibly pursuing this." And then I came out [to New York] and auditioned and it's been great.

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    Trivia (10)

    • Mark Schlereth played 156 games during his career in the NFL.

    • Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Mark Schlereth was the first Alaska native to play in the NFL.

    • Former All-Pro guard Mark Schlereth joined ESPN in 2002 as an analyst for NFL 2Night, now NFL Live.

    • Mark's position while in the National Football League (NFL) was Offensive Guard.

    • Mark Schlereth wore #69 throughout his entire football career, from his days at the University of Idaho to his 12 years as a professional in the National Football League.

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