Max Kellerman’s time on First Take is coming to an end, which means Stephen A. Smith is going to need a new debate partner from Monday through Friday.
It was previously reported that ESPN could rotate between various ESPN personalities and high-profile guests. One of those high-profile guests might very well be Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin.
According to Michael McCarthy of Front Office Sports, ESPN is making a run at Irvin to replace Kellerman on a part-time basis on First Take. Irvin would only be a guest commentator on Mondays.
“The deal to bring Irvin aboard as a guest commentator is not finalized said sources,” McCarthy reported. “It’s expected to be limited to ‘First Take.’ The NFL Network analyst is not expected to appear on ESPN’s ‘Sunday NFL Countdown’ or other NFL-related programming. ESPN is eying NFL Mondays as a natural staging ground for Irvin vs. Smith on ‘First Take.’”
Irvin and Smith have had some great debates on First Take in the past, so fans are pretty excited about this potential pairing.
Here are some of the top reactions from the sports world thus far:
A preview of how First Take might look if ESPN adds Michael Irvin as a guest debater 🔊
(🎥: @ESPN) pic.twitter.com/SjHn7zna0A
— Front Office Sports (@FOS) August 25, 2021
Michael Irvin on First Take?? pic.twitter.com/SJDrOjXbPn
— im just a walking black af1’s (G Herbo’s agent) (@mair2x) August 25, 2021
Michael Irvin finna die on that set, he can’t bring that energy 5 days a week 😭😭 https://t.co/hf2QcTKqlT
— Arch Duke of Pan-Africanism (@WikipediaJah) August 25, 2021
This video always kills me…man if Michael Irvin ends up replacing Max on First Take, we getting so many classics 😭 pic.twitter.com/mSF9dV6Dfu
— Chukii 🇩🇴 (@JustChukii) August 25, 2021
In the event that Irvin does join the First Take crew on a part-time basis, the Dallas Cowboys will be the most talked-about team on the show.
Do you want to see Irvin and Smith debate each other on a weekly basis?
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