By Ken Reed

Five years ago, Max McGee was a server at a couple different restaurants, trying to make ends meet. Today, he’s a sports anchor for ESPN.

McGee, a Cherry Hill, New Jersey native, had dreamt about being an ESPN Sports Anchor since he was a boy growing up. He went to Temple University and after getting his degree, he needed to make some money to pay bills. He took any food services and media-related job he could find to make ends meet. He served burgers, fries, ribs and steaks for Famous Dave’s and Capital Grille.

His big break came when he landed a job with KPLC-TV in Louisiana. He eventually became a reporter and producer there. He moved on to be a sports anchor in Baltimore at WJZ-TV, covering pro sports teams and University of Maryland athletics.

Then he saw a random LinkedIn ad for an ESPN audition. McGee made the most of the try-out and was offered an ESPN Sports Center anchor position.

“I’m so fired up to be with the best in the business,” said the 31-year-old McGee, who credited his family for the belief and support they provided him on his journey. “Every stop in my career has helped prepare me for this, so I’m eager to get started.”

McGee and ESPN have provided us with a nice feel-good sports story this winter, especially since it comes during a pandemic, war and baseball lockout.

Ken Reed, Sports Policy Director, League of Fans


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