Mark Schlereth was an above average college football player that didn’t get drafted but went on to win three Super Bowls. He has also raised a son who is a baseball pitcher for the Detroit Tigers, there are only 6 families that have had a father-son combination with one in the NFL and the other in MLB. Mark Schlereth speaks on motivation based on his above stated football and baseball history as well as on family and life lessons. Both of these topics are always very well received.
Mark Schlereth, a former NFL All-Pro guard with 12 years of NFL experience, currently serves as an NFL analyst on ESPN. Since joining ESPN in 2001, Mark has frequently appeared as an analyst on NFL Live, First Take, SportsCenter and ESPNews. He also appears regularly on ESPN Radio’s Mike & Mike in the Morning (simulcast on ESPN2) and additional ESPN programming.
In 1989, the Redskins drafted him in the 10th round out of the University of Idaho. After six seasons with the Washington Redskins (1989-1994) and six with the Denver Broncos (1995-2000), Schlereth retired in April 2001 after his 29th knee surgery. A tough, hard-nosed competitor, Schlereth played 156 games during his career.
Mark earned All-Pro honors in 1997, was chosen for the Pro Bowl twice and earned three Super Bowl rings (1992, 1998 and 1999). Schlereth distinguished himself as one of only 15 players to win Super Bowls in each NFL conference and one of 35 to win the title with two different teams.
In April 2008, he launched Mark Schlereth’s Stinking Good Green Chili that can be found in 300 grocery stores nationwide and served in Coors Field. Since 2006, Schlereth has also had a recurring role as detective Roc Hoover on the soap opera Guiding Light. He previously co-hosted a local Denver sports talk radio show with former Broncos lineman David “Doc” Diaz-Infante, for three years (2001 – 04).
Born in Anchorage, Alaska, Schlereth was the first Alaska native to play in the NFL. His nickname “Stink” originated his first season with the Broncos in 1995, from a story he told of his sister working in an Eskimo town in Alaska, where people cut the heads off of fish and considered it a delicacy; these heads are known as “stinkheads.” He currently resides in Denver, Colo. His son Daniel was selected in the first round of the 2008 MLB draft as a relief pitcher for the Arizona Diamondbacks.