November 19, 1949 (74)
Ahmad Rashad is an American sportscaster and former professional football player. Initially gaining fame as a wide receiver in the National Football League (NFL), Rashad made a successful transition to television, notably as a host and sports commentator.
Rashad’s career in the NFL, where he played for the St. Louis Cardinals, Buffalo Bills, and notably the Minnesota Vikings, laid the foundation for his later success in television. His transition to broadcasting was marked by his role as a studio analyst for NBC’s NFL pregame show, which he co-hosted for many years. He also became well-known for hosting the NBA Inside Stuff, a role that further cemented his status in the world of sports broadcasting.
Rashad’s career is notable for his collaborations with a wide range of celebrities and sports figures. He has worked closely with Michael Jordan, a long-time friend, and conducted several exclusive interviews with him. His connections in the sports world also led to collaborations with Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, and Scottie Pippen. In the realm of broadcasting, Rashad has worked alongside notable figures like Hannah Storm, Al Michaels, and Bob Costas. His marriage to actress Phylicia Rashad also connected him with the entertainment industry, leading to interactions with Bill Cosby, Debbie Allen, and Oprah Winfrey.
Rashad has received numerous honors and distinctions. He was selected four times for the Pro Bowl during his NFL career, a testament to his skill on the field. His transition to broadcasting was equally successful, earning him praise for his insightful and engaging commentary. Rashad was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame and received the Emmy Award for his outstanding work in sports broadcasting.