Mike Golic
Golic in 2010
No. 90
Position:Defensive tackle
Personal information
Born: (1962-12-12) December 12, 1962 (age 58)
Willowick, Ohio
Height:6 ft 5 in (1.96 m)
Weight:265 lb (120 kg)
Career information
High school:Cleveland (OH) St. Joseph
College:Notre Dame
NFL Draft:1985 / Round: 10 / Pick: 255
Career history
Career NFL statistics
Games played:115
Player stats at NFL.com

Michael Louis Golic Sr. (/ˈɡlɪk/; born December 12, 1962[1]) is a former National Football League (NFL) defensive lineman and television host. Golic last worked as an ESPN College Football analyst[2] and as co-host of ESPN Radio's Mike & Mike and Golic and Wingo from 1995-2020. In 2021 Golic joined Learfield as co-host and analyst of College Football Saturday Night, a new personality-driven streaming radio broadcast of college football games throughout the season.[3] Mike Golic has also been the main analyst for Westward One Thursday Night Football since 2021. He is also a former analyst for ESPN and ESPN2's NFL studio programming, as well as for the networks' college football coverage. Golic joined ESPN in 1995 as a reporter/analyst for Sunday NFL Countdown. Since then he has worked as the color commentator for the Arena Football League (1996–98, 2007–present) and the NFL's Jacksonville Jaguars pre-season games (1995–98). In 1998, Golic began serving as college football analyst for ESPN and ABC, and was an original analyst for NFL 2Night (now known as NFL Live), the five-night-per-week news and information program on ESPN2.

Golic is also the host of the long-running syndicated sports highlights, bloopers, and gag show called The Lighter Side of Sports.[4]

Early life and playing career

Golic was born and raised in Willowick, Ohio, and attended St. Joseph High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Golic graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1985 as a finance and management major. He served as captain of the football team during his senior season and also wrestled for the Irish.

Golic was drafted by the Houston Oilers selected in the 10th round with the 255th overall pick in the 1985 NFL Draft. He was an eight-year NFL veteran, playing defensive tackle for the Houston Oilers, Philadelphia Eagles and Miami Dolphins.[5]

He played in 115 games (starting 49 games) and 5 playoff games during his 8 seasons in the NFL. He recorded 11.5 sacks and three interceptions in his career. Golic admitted to taking corticosteroids briefly while recovering from an injury.[6][7]

Life after retirement

Broadcasting career

During his five years in Philadelphia, he decided to begin his television career with a weekly segment on the Randall Cunningham Show. He received a Mid-Atlantic Region Emmy Award for his feature Golic's Got It.

From January 2, 2000 to November 17, 2017, he hosted Mike & Mike with Mike Greenberg on ESPN Radio and ESPN2. November 27, 2017, he began a show with Trey Wingo named Golic and Wingo, which also featured Mike Jr.[8] Prior to "Mike and Mike," Golic was co-host of ESPN Radio's first morning show, "The Bruno-Golic Morning Show," with talk radio veteran Tony Bruno.[9] The program started in 1998 and ended in 1999 with Bruno's resignation from ESPN Radio. Golic worked with a series of co-hosts for the remainder of 1999. On July 9, 2020, ESPN announced that they would be canceling Golic and Wingo. Their final program together aired July 31, 2020. On July 18, 2020 Adam Schefter reported that Golic would return to his former role as college football analyst for ESPN during the 2020 season.[2]

Other appearances

On April 27, 2008, it was announced Golic would appear alongside football's greatest players in the PS3 and Xbox 360 game, All-Pro Football 2K8.[10]

Golic made an appearance on ESPN's mini-series Tilt. He can be seen during the final episode eating a donut at the buffet table. Mike also appeared with Mike Greenberg on the TV series Guiding Light in 2008.[11]

In 2015, Golic was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame in the Outstanding American category, designated for those who have used wrestling as a stepping stone to success in other fields.[12]

Personal life

Golic's older brother, Bob Golic, also played at University of Notre Dame. He earned multiple NFL All-Pro nose tackle honors and is currently a talk radio host Monday through Saturday on WNIR-FM in Akron, Ohio and co-hosts the Cleveland Browns television pre-game and post-game shows on Sundays on CBS affiliate WOIO-TV. Their father, Bob, also played football.

Mike and Bob appeared with their father and their brother Greg on the May 28, 2009 of Mike and Mike in the Morning broadcast from Progressive Field in Cleveland. The three Golic brothers again appeared together on Mike and Mike on May 7, 2010, May 9, 2012, and May 31, 2017 when the show broadcast from Progressive Field. Golic has stated numerous times on Mike and Mike he is a Cleveland Indians and a Cleveland Cavaliers fan.

Golic resides in South Bend, Indiana and Scottsdale, Arizona with his wife Christine.[13] All three of Golic's children attended Notre Dame. His sons, Mike Jr. and Jake played football (Jake played the 2014–15 season with Cincinnati),[14] while his daughter Sydney was a swimmer for the Irish.[15][16] Mike Jr. signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers as an undrafted free agent following the 2013 NFL Draft.[17]

In 2010, Golic co-wrote the book Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life with co-host Mike Greenberg.[18]


  1. ^ "Mike Golic Stats".
  2. ^ a b "Report: Mike Golic to Stick with ESPN in New Role". Saturday Tradition. July 18, 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2020.
  3. ^ "LEARFIELD's New "College Football Saturday Night" with Mike Golic and Kate Scott Announces First Three Game Broadcasts". Learfield IMG College. September 2, 2021. Retrieved October 9, 2021.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on September 27, 2007. Retrieved April 20, 2007.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Mike Golic, DT at". Nfl.com. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  6. ^ Golic admits to corticosteroid use during national radio show, Yahoo!, November 9, 2007, retrieved November 16, 2007
  7. ^ Schultz, Jeff (November 13, 2007), "Dunn does Falcons proud", Atlanta Journal-Constitution, retrieved November 16, 2007
  8. ^ "ESPN sets end date for 'Mike & Mike' — 'Golic & Wingo' to follow 10 days later".
  9. ^ "Bruno's departure leaves some dead air". October 8, 1999.
  10. ^ https://www.webcitation.org/query?url=http://www.gamepro.com/article/news/110668/2k-sports-re-invigorates-classic-football-all-pro-2k8s-player-list-revealed/&date=2011-11-30+19:00:47
  11. ^ "Mike Greenburg and Mike Golic to Appear on Guiding Light". TV Fanatic. December 5, 2007. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  12. ^ "National Wrestling Hall of Fame Announces Exceptional Class of 2015". National Wrestling Hall of Fame. June 5, 2015. Retrieved June 8, 2015.
  13. ^ "Mike Golic on Sports Media with Richard Deitsch". Cadence13 and Richard Deitsch. June 23, 2021. Retrieved July 8, 2021.
  14. ^ "UC's Golic thrilled to be playing, contributing".
  15. ^ "Jake Golic Becomes Notre Dame's 1st 2009 Commitment". HULIQ. April 7, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  16. ^ "Irish Insights: More From Jake Golic – and Mike Golic Sr". Jgwebblogs.typepad.com. April 5, 2008. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  17. ^ "Steelers Complete 2013 NFL Draft With Nine Selections". Steelers.com. April 28, 2013. Archived from the original on June 22, 2013. Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  18. ^ Mike and Mike's Rules for Sports and Life: Mike Greenberg, Mike Golic, Andrew Chaikivsky: Amazon.com: Books. Retrieved March 25, 2014.