Michele Tafoya leaves NBC, sidelined after Super Bowl LVI

Michele Tafoya’s idle time is coming to an end.

The longtime “Sunday Night Football” reporter is stepping away from NBC after the Super Bowl next month, the channel reported on Tuesday.

“My time with NBC Sports has been the most satisfying of my career,” Tafoya said in a statement. “I have been fortunate to work with a team that are some of the best at what they do, and the support I have received in this role has been unparalleled… Some may consider me crazy to leave the one of the most coveted roles on sports television, and I have no doubt that many aspects of my job will be missed. But for some time now, I have been considering other areas that I would like to explore both personally and professionally. I couldn’t ignore that little voice anymore after what we’ve all been through for the past few years.

“There’s no better way to get away from NFL coverage than with another Super Bowl.”

Tafoya has been with NBC for 11 seasons. Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles will mark his fifth appearance in the game.

In total, she covered over 300 regular season games and 26 playoff games. Tafoya has won four Sports Emmy Awards for Outstanding Sports Personality. She has also spent time working on “Monday Night Football” on ABC and ESPN and has been on the coverage of the NBA, the Olympics and more.

“Michele Tafoya is the perfect broadcast partner,” Al Michaels said in a statement. “I’ve worked with Michele on both the NFL and the NBA on almost 350 TV shows and she always hits him out of the park. Her preparation is unmatched and her ability to convey what she tackles in the moment is flawless. And it does it in snow, rain, heat, or whatever else you can think of. What she does on air speaks for itself, but what she does behind the scenes to flesh out stories over the years has been invaluable to me and to John Madden, Cris Collinsworth, Doc Rivers, Hubie Brown. and all the production units of which it was part. . And on top of all that, that’s who she is – bright, funny, compassionate, understanding and a mom who just raised two beautiful children with her husband Mark. Working with Michele has been pure happiness.

NBC’s broadcast booth is expected to change significantly next season. Tafoya has been replaced by Kathryn Tappen this season after missing a few games in December. Tappen is reportedly a “clear top contender” to replace Tafoya next season.

There are rumors that Michaels is leaving NBC for Amazon, which will start broadcasting games on a regular basis next season. If that happens, Mike Tirico is expected to resume his play-by-play duties alongside Collinsworth.

“I feel such mixed emotions with this announcement. I am so happy that Michele can turn her attention to her passion for changing the world. But I’m saddened to lose such an important member of our family, “Collinsworth said in a statement.” Michele makes every day fun at NBC Sports. She can take a joke and she can definitely cook them up. We have all had so many laughs together that it’s sometimes easy to take for granted how incredibly talented she is and how hard she works every day in her craft. Michele is our standard. When matters require meaningful research and A deep reflection on “Sunday Night Football,” Al and I always say the same thing, “Let’s go to Michele.” Michele, we love you and we will miss you very much.

Michele Tafoya will be working his last game on the sidelines of the Super Bowl next month. (Kirby Lee / USA Today)

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