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10 Things You Didn't Know About Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless

Skip Bayless is known around the world for his piping hot takes and brash tone, both on TV (formerly of ESPN and now FS1) and on Twitter. However, there is a lot more than meets the eye with the First Take and Undisputed media personality. Here are 10 things that you (probably) didn’t know about Skip Bayless.

1. He was born John Edward Bayless II, but his parents began calling him Skip at an early age. Eventually, he had his name legally changed to Skip.

Skip Bayless

2. Skip was born in Oklahoma City and grew up there. His parents owned a barbecue restaurant in the city called “Hickory House”.

3. At his high school, Northwest Classen, Bayless was the salutatorian and became a sports columnist for the school paper during his junior and senior years.

4. Upon graduation he was awarded the Grantland Rice scholarship (named after the legendary sportswriter) to attend Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

5. At Vanderbilt, Bayless served as the sports editor for the Vanderbilt Hustler, the school’s publication. He was also a member of Phi Kappa Sigma fraternity, spending two years as the organization’s sports director.

6. After graduating cum laude from Vanderbilt in 1974, Skip worked for several newspapers in major cities including the Miami Herald, Los Angeles Times, Dallas Morning News, Dallas Times Herald and the Chicago Tribune.

7. Bayless won the Texas Sportswriter of the Year award, voted on by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, three separate times.

8. His first full-time TV gig was alongside Woody Paige in the “1st and 10” segment of the show Cold Pizza on ESPN2. Cold Pizza was later succeeded by First Take.

9. Skip is 65 years old, born Dec. 4, 1951, to be exact.

10. Bayless has a cameo in “Rocky Balboa”, the film released in 2006. In it, he calls Balboa “completely overrated” on a 1st and 10 segment with Woody Paige and Jay Crawford.