Kremer on career: "Not something I thought I could ever do"

Andrea Kremer is one of the brightest, toughest and most determined reporters in TV journalism ... but it's not a career she thought she would enter mostly because, as a young woman, there were few opportunities. But Kremer created them, and, in so doing, made it easier for other women to follow ... and, as she said, "I'm proud of that. She should be.


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Talk of Fame Network

Andrea Kremer graduated cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania, with a triple minor in English, sociology and anthropology, and once performed with the Philadelphia Civic Ballet Company. So what’s she doing with a career in sports broadcasting?

Making a name for herself, that’s what.

One of the top female broadcasters anywhere, Kremer has built a reputation as one of the toughest, most articulate, most energetic and most knowledgeable reporters on television – with the L.A. Times calling her “the best TV interviewer in the business of the NFL.”

Kremer, who today is the chief correspondent with the NFL Network and works with HBO’s Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, joined the Talk of Fame Network’s latest broadcast as part of our salute to Women in the NFL to detail what exactly led her to choose the career she did.

“When I would sit in rehearsals for ballet I’d have my headphones on for the Eagles games as a little kid,” she said. “That’s the God’s honest truth. I’ve loved football since I was about 8 years old. I was very lucky that I had parents that thought it was OK for ‘cute little Andy’ to like football. Because back then it wasn’t the norm. I always like to say that some little girls had Barbie; I had Larry Csonka.

“I liked football my whole life, but growing up, maybe, unlike you guys, I never thought I could write about it or talk about it or commentate about it. So it was just not something that I thought I could ever do. Even in college … my triple minor might sound impressive, but what it really meant was that I learned to read, write and research, which certainly has served me well. But I’ve loved sports my whole life.

“I’ve always said there’s two genre of women that cover sports: There are the women who grew up loving sports and, oh, by the way, I get to talk about it or write about it. And then there are the women who want to be on television or whatever it is because, oh, sports sound cool. Clearly I am of the first group because I feel very lucky that here is the passion that I had when I was growing up, and I got to make a career out of it – and am lucky to be able to continue to do so.”

Kremer was the first female producer for NFL Films and the first female correspondent for ESPN. And now she’s part of the CBS Network’s “We Need to Talk,” the first all-female nationally televised weekly sports show. So, naturally, we asked if she sees herself as a pioneer.

“I guess so,” she said, “just in the sense that I was the first to do various things in my career, and I’m proud of that.”

She should be.

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