ESPN has producers monitor Adam Schefter so he doesn't fall down stairs

Adam Schefter doesn't understand.

ESPN's NFL insider Adam Schefter is dedicated to his craft, so much so that he needs people around him to make sure he doesn't hurt himself.

In an insightful piece by MMQB, we get to see a day in the life of Schefter, but not just any day. MMQB shadowed Schefter on the first day of NFL free agency, when news is coming in practically every second of the day.

Trying to keep up with all of it —and stay ahead of his competitors —Schefter can get lost in the moment. As MMQB notes, the NFL insider needs supervision around him as his head is buried in his two cell phones, which have different providers by the way:

Schefter heads down a hallway to get makeup for his first TV appearance of the day, a spot onMike & Mikeat 8:30. At his side is Megan Casey, an ESPN associate producer whose sole job today will be to ferry Schefter to and from his various ESPN on-air assignments—and ensure that he makes it down the stairs safely. On his way, Schefter is on the phone discussing the cornerback free-agent market when his source mentions that a deal will be coming soon for the Bills’ Stephon Gilmore.

A few years ago, Seth Markman, the senior coordinating producer who oversees ESPN’s NFL coverage, decided that Schefter shouldn’t drive anymore. Markman thought his reporter should be freed up to call and text at all times, so he could break more stories and avoid the hazard of texting while driving. Schefter’s so locked into his phone that producers have had to warn him at times when he’s approaching a staircase. Whenever Schefter travels to Bristol from his home in the New York City area, either he hires a driver or Markman dispatches a member of the ESPN security team to pick him up. Like today.

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Trying to keep up with all of it —and stay ahead of his competitors —Schefter can get lost in the moment. As MMQB notes, the NFL insider needs supervision around him as his head is buried in his two cell phones, which have different providers by the way:

Schefter heads down a hallway to get makeup for his first TV appearance of the day, a spot onMike & Mikeat 8:30. At his side is Megan Casey, an ESPN associate producer whose sole job today will be to ferry Schefter to and from his various ESPN on-air assignments—and ensure that he makes it down the stairs safely. On his way, Schefter is on the phone discussing the cornerback free-agent market when his source mentions that a deal will be coming soon for the Bills’ Stephon Gilmore.

The story provides us with a lot more additional details about how Schefter manages to scoop everyone else in the business. But the fact he's so zonedin to getting information that he needs people to warn him about staircases is pretty remarkable.

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