Longtime NFL sideline reporter Michelle Tafoya has formally announced that she will be leaving NBC following Super Bowl LVI on February. In a prepared statement, Tafoya expressed that she’d like to “explore” areas outside of sideline reporting in the future.
“Some may consider me crazy to walk away from one of the more coveted roles in sports television, and I do not doubt that I will miss many aspects of the job,” Tafoya shared in a statement obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.
“But for some time, I have been considering other areas I would like to explore both personally and professionally. I couldn’t ignore that little voice anymore after what we have all endured over the last few years.”
Tafoya is a veteran in the space of sports journalist. For nearly 30 years, she has worked for CBS Sports, ABC Sports and ESPN. During her time at various networks, she has picked up four Sports Emmy Awards and two Gracie Awards.
In the meantime, Tafoya will make her way out to Kansas City, Missouri for NBC’s broadcast of Sunday’s Steelers-Chiefs game.