Over the last few years, Erin Andrews’s life has captivated audiences making her a pop-culture figure although she is first and foremost an ESPN sideline reporter and television anchor. Her career has captured America, from the college students who watch her on the sidelines to the television junkies who saw her compete on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.
Though Erin Andrews is considered one of the busiest women in America, she took some time out of her tight schedule to make an appearance at the Outback Bowl’s Trane ESPN Kickoff Luncheon.
Her presence has left an indelible mark as the first female guest speaker in the bowl’s 25-year history, where she spoke about dancing in front of America, how she got her start as a sports reporter and the stalking scandal that rocked her world.
Here’s Why Erin Andrews Is Famous
1. She married hockey player Jarret Stoll in June 2017. She previously dated actor Chace Crawford in 2012:
Speaking about her future plans she said:
“I want a family. I see my co-workers with their kids wearing their alma mater jerseys. I want that. I can’t believe I’m saying that, but I do,” Andrews said.
2. She was on Dancing With the Stars season ten, competing against Buzz Aldrin:
According to Erin Andrews, the hardest thing about performing on the hit ABC show wasn’t the actual dancing. It was what came along with it.
“The hardest thing was getting ten weeks of spray tan off my body,” Andrews said.
I don’t think she would have had a problem finding someone to help her with that.
3. She had a stalker who took a video of her while she was in a hotel room and then shared online:
The sportscaster went on to testify in court about how a blogger friend was the one to call her in 2009 and tell her that there was a video circulating that claimed to show her naked in a hotel room.
The man previously arrested for filming Andrews through a hotel peephole detailed how he found her room at a Nashville hotel and proceeded to tape her without her knowledge.
The taped testimony of Michael David Barrett, who was sentenced to 2.5 years in prison after being arrested in 2009, was played in court.
Barrett said that his “pretty ill-conceived plan” was to film Andrews and “try to sell the tape to someone” after realizing that she was “trending” online.
He said that he called the hotel operator from a house phone in the on-site restaurant in the Nashville Marriott, knowing that when he asked to be connected to Andrews’ room, the room number would show on the screen.
He then went up to that floor and saw that the maid was cleaning the room next to hers. Barrett said that he then requested that room.
Barrett detailed how he used a hacksaw to remove the peep hole in Andrews’ hotel room door and replace it with a plug.
He said that he made the recording after hearing the shower in her room turn off. He went to the area outside her door and put his cellphone up against the altered peep hole. He noted that she was in a state of undress when he began videotaping her, and he stood there filming for “several minutes.”
“I’m not proud of what I did,” he said in the taped testimony. “I don’t like what did.”
4. She was on Oprah:
Erin Andrews appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show to discuss the invasion-of-privacy case in which an Illinois man made a video recording of her through a hotel peephole and posted it on the Internet. The man was sentenced to 30 months in prison.
5. Erin Andrews started her broadcasting career as a sideline reporter for all four major sports with Fox Sports Florida, Sunshine, TBS and Turner Sports South:
Andrews’ first major gig came when she was just 22 years old and was hired by the Tampa Bay Lightning as a sideline reporter.
She admitted that she didn’t know a thing about hockey.
“The night before I got the job I was reading ‘Hockey For Dummies,” Andrews said.
She would go on to join ESPN in 2004 and quickly became a sideline fixture at hockey, college football and basketball games, later adding Major League Baseball to her schedule.
6. Erin Andrews was voted America’s Sexiest Sportscaster multiple times by Playboy Magazine:
“I have had it very easy in the sense that doors were opened for me. Lesley Visser, who is a Hall of Fame female broadcaster, offered her advice to me. She said, “Your looks and the fact that you’re female can open doors for you, but it’s not going to keep the door open. You have to work hard to stay” she said to Huffington Post in 2014.
“When I first started, there weren’t as many sideline reporters. I know that people were always doubting if I was there because I love the game as much as I do. They probably still think that I’m there because I’m 5’10” and I’m a girl and I wear hair extensions and lip gloss”.
“Right away I got dubbed as “Sideline Barbie” on social networks and blogs because people would comment on what I was wearing, what I was eating, who I was dating. And that really hadn’t happened before. It was a whole different world for me. The first time I saw something mean written about me on the Internet, I was on the team charter and I sat right by the head coach and I started crying. He looked at me, treated me like one of his players and said, “Toughen up. If you don’t have thick skin, get out of this.”
7. Her father is an Emmy-award winning investigative reporter:
Erin Andrews decided she wanted to pursue a career in sports journalism at the young age of 13. The Florida-raised sports buff got her start freelancing after college and then landed a job with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2001. Three years later, she joined ESPN and paved a path to the big leagues. In 2012, she jumped over to Fox and is more legit than ever.
8. She was first famous in Florida:
Erin danced for the University of Florida Gators basketball dance team, The Dazzlers, from 1997 to 2000.
9. She was struck by a foul ball (hit by Alex Cora):
At a Dodgers-Mets game in New York, Erin took the brunt of a foul ball, but was reported to only have sustained a bruised chin following a trip to the hospital.