Erin Andrews is arguably the most famous female sportscaster in America, if not the world. And thanks to a privacy scandal, cancer scare and NHL star boyfriend, she’s made just as many headlines as the sportsmen she’s reported on. But here’s a look at 20 things about the star that may have so far escaped your attention.
20. She’s a Playboy favorite
It’s unlikely to take as much pride of place as her father Steven’s six Emmy wins, but Andrews was named as America’s Sexiest Sportscaster by Playboy magazine in 2007. In fact, she was such a favorite of the men’s magazine in the late ’00s that she also retained the title the following year.
19. She had dancing experience prior to DWTS
Turns out that Dancing with the Stars wasn’t the first time that Andrews had shown off her moves in public. While studying telecommunications at the University of Florida, she also managed to find time to bust some moves with the Florida Gators Dazzlers dance squad.
18. She made 50 Cent look foolish on air
Andrews has accepted full responsibility for the painfully awkward on-air kiss 50 Cent gave her in 2013 during the coverage of the Daytona 500. The sportscaster admitted that she accidentally made him look bad by whipping her neck to look for Danica Patrick at the exact moment the rapper leaned in to lock lips.
17. Millions of people have watched that video
Getting 17 million views for a single video clip would normally be something to celebrate for a sportscaster. Unfortunately for Andrews, that astonishing figure relates to the number of people who have watched the illegally recorded footage of her getting undressed in a hotel room. Ouch.
16. She was forced to be interviewed by Oprah
Incredibly, after that video was released, ESPN would only allow her to return to work under certain conditions: namely, once she’d discussed the incident on national TV with Oprah Winfrey. The traumatized star revealed the information during the civil suit brought against the Nashville hotel where the peephole video was recorded.
15. She was mocked by a NBA star
Turns out revenge is a dish served best on Twitter two years later. Marshall Henderson was famously criticized by Andrews after he failed a drug test in 2013. And the NBA star wasted little time in getting his own back when her partner Jarret Stoll was busted for drug possession in 2015, tweeting, “lol wassup with your boyfriend?”
14. She’s suffered for her art
It’s perhaps one of the hazards of being a sideline reporter, but that doesn’t make it any less painful or embarrassing. While covering a New York Mets/Los Angeles Dodgers game in 2009, a foul ball struck by Alex Cora hit Andrews slap bang in the chin area. That’s gotta hurt.
13. She was diagnosed with cancer the same week as a family tragedy
Cruelly, Andrews was diagnosed with cervical cancer in the same week that the family of her boyfriend Stoll also received devastating news. The sportscaster even took time off from work to support the NHL star. It transpired that he was grieving over the loss of his teenage nephew from a car accident.
12. She returned to work just two days after her first cancer surgery
Andrews proved she was one of the most dedicated sportscasters out there by returning to work almost immediately after undergoing her first cancer surgery. Against her doctor’s advice, the star flew out to Green Bay from LA just two days after the operation to film a segment with Packers wideout Jordy Nelson. That’s dedication.
11. She was happy to be yelled at by Richard Sherman
Andrews was famously subjected to Richard Sherman’s adrenaline-charged enthusiasm during a post-match interview in 2014. But despite concerns on social media that the yelling Seahawks star had acted inappropriately, Andrews has said that she was in fact delighted by his passionate response. In 2014 she told For The Win, “That was awesome. And I loved it.”
10. She’s had many other awkward interviews
Of course, Andrews is now used to awkward interviews. Alongside the 50 Cent and Richard Sherman incidents, she once had to bat away a rather suggestive response from Pittsburgh Steelers’ Antonio Brown during a chat on DWTS. She was also corrected by Hunter Pence during a post-match talk after she misquoted the San Francisco Giants star live on air.
9. She had to wing some of her first reporting jobs
Andrews has revealed that she had to completely improvise in a couple of her early jobs. The star covered both NHL team Tampa Bay Lightning for a local network and Major League Baseball for Turner Sports despite knowing next to nothing about the sports when appointed. Looks like she got away with it.
8. She almost ruined her own marriage proposal
Andrews received a fairy tale proposal when boyfriend Jarret Stoll popped the question while the pair were at Disneyland. However, the sportscaster almost spoiled the surprise beforehand. During a ride on the Indiana Jones Adventure, she nearly felt the ring in Stoll’s jacket while grabbing onto him.
7. A certain ex-ESPN colleague isn’t a fan…
Andrews certainly rubbed former ESPN colleague Travis Haney up the wrong way. The 247Sports writer, who worked for the network between 2012 and 2016, once took to Twitter to reveal that Andrews was the rudest person he’d ever encountered in the industry. However, it’s still not been made clear what she exactly did to offend him.
6. … and neither is a certain NBC Sports host
Haney isn’t the only fellow sportscaster who Andrews has incurred the wrath of, and for reasons unknown to the public. During an appearance on the The Dan Patrick Show, ex-NBC Sports Network star Michelle Beadle admitted that she wouldn’t acknowledge Andrews if the pair were in the same room together. Frustratingly she didn’t divulge why. Jealousy, perhaps… or a genuine beef?
5. She had a strange reaction when meeting her DWTS partner…
Andrews has consistently denied rumors that she and Dancing with the Stars partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were more than friends. But she didn’t help matters when she revealed she broke out in hives when she first met him because of how “delicious” he was. Saucy!
4. …. and let slip his baby news
After finding out that Chmerkovskiy and his fellow dancer girlfriend Peta Murgatroyd were expecting their first child, host Andrews went to congratulate them during a break in DWTS filming. Unfortunately, she didn’t realize her mic was still on, and the news the pair wanted to keep secret instantly became public knowledge. Whoops.
3. Her diet isn’t as strict as you’d think
Yes, Andrews is one of those annoying celebrities who can apparently stuff their faces with junk food and still remain super-slim. In a 2011 interview with Marie Claire, the star revealed that her weekly diet includes a McDonald’s, Arby’s and Chick-fil-A, as well as three visits to Chipotle.
2. She’s open to plastic surgery
Andrews has claimed that she’s never gone under the knife for cosmetic reasons yet, but she isn’t completely against the idea. Talking to Health magazine in 2014, the star admitted that although she’s not thinking about plastic surgery at the moment, she may do so in the future. Only time will tell if her curiosity gets the better of her.
1. She has a crush on an NFL star’s wife
Andrew’s ultimate celebrity crush isn’t an NFL star, but an NFL star’s wife. In a 2012 interview with People, the star revealed that model Gisele, married to New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, was the famous figure she was most attracted to. We can see why!