Mike Adamle Biography
Mike Adamle, born Michael David Adamle, is a former American Football player and sports broadcaster. He was a sports anchor for Chicago TV stations like WLS-TV, where he anchored from 1983-89. He also worked in other TV stations like WMAQ-TV, WBBM-TV, and Channel 5. Mike also worked for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) in a variety of roles, including an interviewer, play-by-play commentator, and General Manager of Raw.
After contracting CTE-induced dementia, he was forced to resign and retire around 2017.
Mike Adamle Age
Mike was born on the 4th of October, 1949 in Euclid, a city in the Cuyahoga County of Ohio in the United States. As of 2018.
Mike Adamle Early Life
He was born to Tony Adamle, an American Football linebacker and Fullback in the All-America Football Conference (AAFC) and the National Football League (NFL) in the 1940s and ’50s. He grew up in Kent, Ohio, and attended the Theodore Roosevelt High School, where he graduated in 1967.
Mike Adamle Family
He is married to Kim. At the time, he lives with her in Evanston, a city in the Cook County of Illinois in the United States. The couple has four children – Brad, Courtney, Alexandra, and Svetlana (adopted as a teenager from Ukraine), and three grandchildren.
Mike Adamle Career
In college, he played football for the Northwestern University as part of the team “Wildcats”. Here, he was the tea captain, an all-American fullback, and the Big 10 MVP in 1970. He set a record of 316 rushing yards against the Wisconsin Badgers in 1969. The record still stands unbroken. He graduated in 1971. After college, he played in the National Football League for 6 years. He played for the Kansas City Chiefs as a fourth-round draft pick as well as the New York Jets and Chicago Bears sometime later.
Mike joined NBC sports as both a studio host and sideline reporter for various events after retiring from playing football. He worked for NBC for 6 years hosting SportsWorld and pre-game shows. During these times, he was also the host for GrandStand, both a pregame show for the NFL and a sports anthology series at the NFL-Off season. He was the ABC sideline reporter for the United States Football League in 1984.
In 2001, he went back to sideline reporting after joining NBC’s primary XFL broadcast team with KNBC’s Fred Roggin. From 1989 to 1996, he was the co-host of American Gladiators, an American competition TV program. He also was a contender in a celebrity contenders show. He co-hosted International Gladiators and commentated alongside John Sachs, a UK commentator. Along with that, he also made an appearance in the fourth-season premiere of Family Matters.
Mike also played as himself in a fictional episode of American Gladiators. After this, he became a reporter for ESPN. He covered the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics. He hosted Bravo’s Battle of the Network Reality Stars in 2005. In 2006, he became a color commentator for the Professional Bull Riders (PBR)’s Built Ford Tough Series.
For most of 2008, Mike spent his time working for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). He began working here on the 27th of January 2008 at the Royal Rumble as an interviewer. Next, he moved on to WWE Raw where he also worked as an interviewer. On the 15th of April that same year, he replaced Joey Styles as ECW’s (Extreme Championship Wrestling) play-by-play announcer.
Mike Adamle was announced to be the new General manager for the Raw brand by Shane McMahon on the July 28th episode of Raw. As General Manager, he promoted many high-profile matches dubbed as “Adamle Originals.” He later resigned from WWE after a confrontation with Randy Orton that led to him insulting him personally. He resigned during an in-ring segment with Shane McMahon and Orton.
Arena Football League:
Mike then went on to become the play-by-play announcer for the Chicago Rush of the Arena Football League and broadcast Rush games for Comcast SportsNet Chicago and WGN. The Rush was unable to commit to the 2014 and 2015 AFL seasons leading to their immediate suspension.