Facts of Maria Taylor

  • Birth Date : May 12, 1987
  • Birth Place : Alpharetta, Georgia, United States
  • Gender : Female
  • Marital Status : Married
  • Married With : Rodney Blackstock
  • Net Worth : $2 million
  • Height : 6.2 ft
  • Eye Color : Light Brown Eyes


Maria Taylor Hyatt, better known as Maria Taylor, is an ESPN and SEC Network analyst and host. She covers college football, volleyball, and men’s and women’s basketball at the college level.

Maria Taylor: Family Life

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 was born to Steve Taylor, a former FBI agent, and Suzette Taylor.


Maria Taylor attended Centennial High School and has always had a strong interest in athletics. She was a part of the 2004 USA Volleyball Junior National A2 team and was named to the Atlanta Tip-Off Team of the Year.

She earned an athletic scholarship to the University of Georgia after graduation, and she played basketball and volleyball there from 2005 to 2009. Maria had already appeared on many studio shows as a university student, including Dawg Report, SEC Men’s Basketball Tonight, and SportsNite.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast news from IMG College at the University of Georgia after graduating from Georgia University in 2009. She served as a reporter for the University of Georgia for three years prior to becoming a professional. Taylor earned her master’s degree in business administration from the University of Georgia in 2013.

Journey of Life

Maria Taylor has a strong career as an ESPN and SEC Network analyst and host. In the third season of the SEC Network, she signed on as a reporter. She works for ESPN as a college football reporter alongside Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer, and she has also served as a sports analyst for women’s volleyball and basketball games at the college level.

Finally, Maria Taylor served as a sports analyst on ESPN 2 as a sideline reporter in 2013. She’s been a guest host on Jalen Rose’s Get Up! and has been a part of ESPN’s NBA draft coverage.

Taylor took over as the College GameDay reporter in 2017, replacing Samantha Ponder and ABC Saturday Night Football. She is one of ESPN’s most well-known hosts, and she collaborates with well-known reporters such as Laura Rutledge, Kaylee Hartung, and Cary Champion.

Maria and ESPN reached an agreement for the second time after her contract expired in August of 2018 and signed a five-year contract.

Taylor, in addition to being a well-known sportscaster, is also active in various charitable efforts and is a co-founder of Winning Edge, a social organization dedicated to promoting leadership qualities in women, especially those from minority groups.

How Rich is Maria Taylor?

Net Worth Salary
$2M $87,885

Maria’s net worth is believed to be $2 million dollars. Maria’s 2018 deal as a College Football Analyst at ESPN currently pays her an average of $87,885.

Maria Taylor: Personal Life

Maria Taylor is a married woman, having married Rodney Blackstock, her long-time boyfriend. On September 14, 2014, the two met while watching the Charlotte Hornets play in North Carolina. The couple met in the Hornets’ back room at the same game.

On May 5, 2019, the pair married at the oceanfront Hilton Sandestin in Destin, Florida. The bride wore an Eve of Milady gown from Bridals by Lori in Atlanta, Georgia, to the wedding. The couple chose a beach theme with an all-white paint scheme.


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!”

Body Status

Gorgeous host Maria is 6 feet 2 inches (1.88m) tall. Her hair and eye color both are black.

Maria Taylor: Social Media Followers

She has around 248k followers on Instagram, around 21k followers on Facebook, and around 251k followers on Twitter.

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