He was once a national star who wowed football fans while wearing shoulder pads and helmets, but since retirement, he has traded them for plaid shirts and dad looks that fit the confines of his work as a sports analyst of ESPN radio. That is the story of Mike Golic, one that isn’t much different from a number of retired athletes who have taken to broadcasting since they quit the sport.
Mike Golic has remained a relevant face in the media through hosting of programs like Mike & Mike and Golic and Wingo, and alongside his work as a sportscaster and analyst, he has also made fascinating appearances in a number of movies and TV shows.
In this article, we take a closer look at his life and everything else you need to know about him.
Mike Golic Biography
Mike Golic was born in Willowick, Ohio, to father Bob Golic and mother, Catherine Golic on the 12th of December, 1962. His father is a renowned footballer who plied his trade as a Canadian Football player.
Mike Golic, who was born Michael Louis Golic Sr. began his education at St. Joseph High School in Cleveland before heading over to the University of Notre Dame where he played college football and was also a wrestler.
His time at college ended with a degree in Finance and Management along with a subsequent draft into the NFL by the Houston Oilers, through which he began an eight-year career in the league. He also played for other teams like the Miami Dolphins and Philadelphia Eagles. He played a total of 115 games in the NFL before calling it quits in 1993.
Soon after his football career ended, Mike began his career as a broadcaster for which he is most prominently known for today. He began his work as a sportscaster on television by working on a weekly segment on the Randall Cunningham Show, Golic’s Got It, which earned him a regional Emmy Award. He began to host one of his most popular shows in January 2000, Mike & Mike, alongside Mike Greenberg on ESPN Radio. The show ran for seventeen years, with its last episode airing on the 17th of November, 2017. Shortly afterward, he began another show with Trey Wingo which is named, Golic and Wingo.
His other appearances as a TV personality include appearances in movies and TV shows like Valentine’s Day, Guiding Light, Just Wright, The Brak Show, Tilt, and a couple more others. He has also appeared on Good Morning America, NFL Monday Night Football, Jeopardy!, Off-Mikes, SportsCenter, Pardon the Interruption, The Chew and a few more others.
Additionally, Mike Golic is also a published author and he released a book entitled Mike and Mike’s Rules for Sports and Life which he co-wrote with Mike Greenberg.
Mike Golic’s Net Worth and Salary
The former NFL star spent a total of eight years in the NFL during which he played for three teams and earned himself millions of dollars in the process. More so, he has continued to earn high amounts in salary since he made the switch into broadcasting.
Mike Golic is believed to be worth as much as $15 million, which apart from his income during his playing days, also come from appearances in movies and TV shows and earnings from his published book. His salary at ESPN, which is believed to be $5 million per year, is also believed to be a significant contributor to his high net worth.
Family – Wife, Daughter, and Son
Mike Golic grew up in a family of sportsmen and that is something he appears to have fashioned in his own nuclear family. He has three children from his marriage to his wife, Christine Golic, which began in 1987.
His three children are two sons, Mike Golic Jr. and Jake Golic with an only daughter, Sydney Golic. His two sons are football players, who are in the NFL while his daughter is a professional swimmer for the University of Notre Dame. Mike Golic and his wife, Christine, currently reside in Avon, Connecticut.
Mike Golic is not the only former footballer or broadcaster in his family. He shares those profiles with his brother, Bob Golic, who also played at NFL level, representing teams like the New England Patriots, Los Angeles Raiders, and Cleveland Browns.
Outside of football, he is also a two time All-American for Wrestling and he is a broadcaster who hosts The Bob Golic Show. He has also made some appearances on movies and TV shows like Saved by the Bell: The College Years.