Coy Wire is a former professional football player who joined CNN in 2015 as a full time sports anchor and correspondent. From his home base at CNN Center, Wire anchors daily sports segments, covers events and serves as an expert contributor across all platforms. He appears regularly on CNN programs Early Start, New Day and CNN Newsroom, in addition to HLN's Morning Express with Robin Meade and Weekend Express with Lynn Smith. He also contributes to CNN International's World Sport program and to CNN Digital on a broad range of crossover sports stories.
Wire's many field assignments include on-the-ground coverage of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and multiple Super Bowls.
As a former college and pro athlete, Wire brings insider experiences, insight, credibility and contacts to his new role. He graduated from Stanford University, and was the first player in modern school history to lead the team in rushing one year and tackles in another. Post college he was drafted into the NFL by the Buffalo Bills in 2002. He would be named team captain for both the Bills and the Atlanta Falcons during his career which spanned nine years. He also received honors such as the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award with the Bills, and the Ed Block Courage Award after his Falcons teammates voted for him as a role model of inspiration, sportsmanship and courage.
Continuing his inspirational impact, Coy has been a keynote speaker covering topics such as leadership and the power of attitude for students, troops, sales teams, and executives at organizations such as UPS, the U.S. Military, and the U.S. Department of Education.