New York Giants 2016 first round pick Eli Apple isn’t the only member of the Apple family who will be making headlines this fall. His mother, Annie, has been added as a contributor to ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown according to ESPN Media Zone. Ms. Apple is expected to offer player profiles and other stories for ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown pregame show.
She became a person of national interest during the NFL Draft when she took to social media to offer candid opinions about the draft, her son and everything else on her mind. She currently writes her own blog Survivin America: Making It Through with Humor and Hope.
Following the draft, she wrote a guest column for Sports Illustrated, and visited ESPN’s campus where she appeared in-studio on a number of ESPN’s programs.
“Annie caught our attention during the NFL Draft and when we met with her in-person we were blown away by her relatability, her sense of humor and just how unafraid she is to speak her mind,” said Seth Markman, senior coordinating producer for ESPN’s NFL studio shows. “Annie brings a very unique perspective as the mother of a current NFL player and as a fan, and we look forward to exploring a variety of different story ideas with her on Sunday NFL Countdown.”
Apple added: “I am beyond excited to be joining the ESPN family and to have the platform to rep sports moms’ perspectives, energy, contributions and fantastic awkwardness to viewers around the world. Moms are the heart and backbone of all sports. We are our kids’ first coaches, trainers, nutritionists and cheerleaders.”