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Rival Report 5/24: Annie Apple, NFL player's mom and newest hire from ESPN

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It is pretty safe to call this a one of a kind story, because I definitely don't remember anything close to this happening ever before. The Giants selected cornerback Eli Apple in the first round of the 2016 draft, but it is his mom Annie Apple that became a star afterwards.

From refusing to let her "unemployed, college dropout" son wear a borrowed rolex to the draft to calling out false reports of Eli Apple not being able to cook for himself by mic dropping that his dad was a 5 star chef so show some "Respek", Annie Apple captured our attention and our hearts with her draft experience coverage.

It is a dream come true story for a feisty and fresh writer and broadcaster who captivized the world with her storm of awesome commentary surrounding her experience with her son being drafted into the NFL. Not only did she steal the show at the draft, but she got herself a new job while doing so.

ESPN is never one to miss an opportunity, and they have immediately gone out and signed Annie Apple to a broadcaster deal. She will be appearing on NFL Sunday Countdown to give her "NFL Mom" perspective and to use her wit and charm to add some more pizazz to the network's NFL coverage.

This is no publicity stunt though, Annie Apple is a legit television personality who isn't just gusto and jokes. Check out the Deadspin article I have linked below to get to know her a little bit better, because she has some great serious commentary to go with her humor as well.

If you think this ESPN gig might change her, don't expect it to according to her son.

"She's not going to change," Eli Apple said to reporters from ESPN on Monday. "She was like this way back when I was in high school. She's not going to do anything different."

Eli Apple's Mom Might Be The Best Sports Mom In The Game
Ohio State’s Eli Apple is one of the top cornerbacks available in this week’s NFL draft. But he’s not, in fact, the most impressive talent to emerge from his own family. That honor is reserved for his mom, Annie Apple.

NFL uber-mom Annie Apple hired by ESPN in record time | New York Post
Annie Apple said getting this ESPN gig was "unexpected" and added "if they end up firing me in October, Wendy's is hiring.’’

Eli Apple's mom, Annie, to contribute to ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown
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