“I think I loved sports from birth,” says 20-something Atlanta native Taylor Bisciotti, who’s living out her dream as an anchor and reporter for NFL Network. Though she’s now based in L.A., the gorgeous University of Georgia grad looks forward to any opportunity to get back to her home state, which is why covering the Super Bowl is extra-special for her this year. Here, Bisciotti talks football, fashion and the first thing she plans to eat when she gets to ATL. @taylorbisciotti
So you’ve been a sports fan for as long as you can remember. I grew up with a brother and all boy cousins on my dad’s side, so, total, there were five of us kids, with me being the only girl and also the youngest. So growing up, I didn’t really have a choice but to like sports. I, of course, grew up following the NFL, but was also very into SEC football. It’s a way of life in the South.
When did you decide to pursue broadcasting? I was sitting in class in my last year of accounting at Georgia thinking that if I continued on this path, the next 10 years of my life were about to be mapped out for me. ... So that summer I applied for what seemed like a million internships. I got an internship for the 11pm news at WUSA9, the CBS affiliate in D.C. I didn’t have to be in meetings for the nightly news until 3:30pm, so I would try and pull as many double shifts as possible, and sneak up into the sports department to see if I could tag along with any of the sports reporters on their morning stories. I knew immediately that this was what I needed to be doing.
You’re now the youngest on-air talent ever hired by NFL Network. Do you feel like your age is an advantage? If you asked me this five years ago I would have said absolutely not! Gosh, when you are fresh out of school in this business, all you want to do is look older and be older because you feel like you have more credibility that way. ... But what I do bring to the table is relatability with the players. And, because I grew up in a world where I consume the majority of news and content on my phone, I have found ways to reach a younger demographic through Instagram, Facebook, etc., and that’s where everything is going.
You’re always showing off your amazing personal style on Instagram. How does that tie in to what you do? Fashion is a way to express yourself and be your own individual. When you’re going out and doing a show or you’re on the field, if you’re wearing something that you feel comfortable in and that you feel good in, you’re always going to perform better.
Favorite thing about your job? I love telling the players’ stories. Each and every one of them has a unique path and story to tell. It’s important to take the helmet off and shed light on who they are and what they had to go through to get to where they are.
When you arrive in ATL for the Super Bowl, where’s the one spot you have to visit? I always have to go to Henri’s Bakery. They somehow make a plain turkey sandwich with pickles better than anywhere else!