A former Pro Bowl lineman, Mark May’s gridiron expertise and winning personality rank “May Day” with the best of today’s football analysts. A two-time consensus All-American at the University of Pittsburgh, May was awarded the 1980 Outland Trophy as the nation’s top collegiate interior lineman.
The Washington Redskins’ first round pick of the 1981 draft, Mark played his first ten seasons in Washington (1981-90). He played in three Super Bowls, including Redskin victories in Super Bowls XVII and XXII. A charter member of “The Hogs” Washington’s famed offensive line, Mark was selected to the Pro Bowl following the 1988 season.
After one season with the San Diego Chargers and two with Arizona Cardinals, Mark returned to Washington where he closed out his stellar career in 1994.
In 2002, May was named one of the 70 Greatest Washington Redskins of all time. In 2001, the University of Pittsburgh retired his number 73 jersey. He is also a member of the National College Football Hall of Fame.
May laid the foundation for his broadcast career while still an active player, first as a sports assistant with WJLA-TV from 1981-84. After his retirement from football, May plunged headfirst into broadcasting. His work included stints with TNT and CBS Sports before he joined ESPN in 2001. His broadcast honors include a 2003 Emmy award for his contributions to ESPN’s SportsCenter, named the “Outstanding Daily Sports Show.”
Mark has always been active in community services. He was member of Nancy Reagan’s Team Up Against Drugs; served as Honorary Chairman of the Washington, D.C., chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Association; and as United Way spokesperson for the Redskins and chairman of America Helping Americans.
Mark Eric May was born November 2, 1959 in Oneonta, New York. Mark, his wife Kathy, and daughters Abra and Bryce live in the Phoenix area.