ESPN’s Briscoe returns to roots for Sport Stories

ROCKFORD – Nicole Briscoe graduated from Hononegah 20 years ago, and started her broadcasting career on WREX. The ESPN SportsCenter anchor returned home for this year’s edition of “Sport Stories,” a program put on by the Rockford Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.

“This is really weird,” Briscoe said. “It’s like a ‘this is your life’ kind of experience for me. I’ve been able to take this incredible walk down memory lane.”

Those memories include interning at WREX and parlaying that into a job. Her career also took her to Fort Wayne and Indianapolis before taking the full plunge into reporting on auto racing. After that, she was offered a job to anchor SportsCenter, and a dream she’s had since she was 11 years old was surpassed.

She says she originally wanted to be the sideline reporter on Monday Night Football, but this will work.

“The road to your dream may not be the right turn and left turn you thought it was going to be,” Briscoe said. “The road may be this weird, windy road. And it turns into something even more incredible than you initially dreamed.”

Dreams can come true when someone puts in a lot of hard work. Briscoe did just that, and her Sport Stories speech shows that anyone is capable of achieving big things when they set their hearts and minds to it.

Derek Bayne

Derek Bayne

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