Heather Cox makes her NFL debut during the 2016 season as the sideline reporter for NBC’s new Thursday Night Football series. NBC is the only network with two primetime NFL packages.
In August 2016, Cox joined NBC Sports Group on a full-time basis after 22 years at ESPN (1994-2016). She made her debut as a volleyball reporter for NBC Olympics’ coverage of the 2016 Rio Olympics, and one month later served as a reporter at the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. Previously, she worked on NBC’s coverage of the 2004, 2008, and 2012 Olympics Games as a reporter for the men’s and women’s beach volleyball events.
In addition to Thursday Night Football and the Olympics, Cox will work for Golf Channel as a news reporter at select events.
At ESPN, Cox was the lead reporter on ABC’s college football, covering the primetime Saturday game and the last four national championship games. She also covered the NBA, the NBA Draft, men’s and women’s college basketball, and the WNBA. In addition, Cox worked golf’s U.S. Women’s Open, BCS bowl games, NCAA championships in basketball, soccer and volleyball, as well as volleyball Olympic Trials and World Championships.
Cox was captain of the Sacramento Stars of the National Volleyball Association professional league (1993-95). A captain at the University of Pacific, her team ranked in the top five from 1988-91, and advanced to the 1990 national championship game. She was also a member of the U.S. National Volleyball Team at the 1990 Olympic Festival.
Cox resides in Boise, Idaho with her husband Bill and their two children, Aly and Will.