After a busy day of in-studio appearances at ESPN’s Bristol, Conn. campus, NFL Insider Adam Schefter started his 115-mile drive home to Long Island, N.Y. in a rush-hour snowstorm. Minutes into the drive on Interstate 84, he received a cryptic text that would result in one of the biggest news stories of the early NFL offseason.
“Buffalo signing Shady” is what the text read from an independent source.
Schefter was puzzled. “I stopped and texted back to the person: ‘Shady???’. . . ‘LeSean McCoy?????’”
Schefter worked the phone in the middle of the storm to get confirmation from this source and others that, in fact, the Philadelphia Eagles had agreed to trade their All-Pro running back to the Buffalo Bills in exchange for linebacker Kiko Alonso.
From his car on the side of the road near Newtown, Conn., Schefter quickly filed the story and posted the news on Twitter. He then reported the trade via phone to anchor Lindsay Czarniak on the 6 p.m. ET SportsCenter and on ESPN Radio’s Sedano and Stink.
– Adam Schefter
As if breaking this news wasn’t enough, Schefter also was communicating with his wife throughout his snowy drive home about a leak above the bathroom in their family home.
“All at once, I was trying to confirm the trade, handle our [leaky] bathroom crisis, and deal with challenging road conditions,” he said. “Made for quite the challenging ride.”
By 9:45 p.m., Schefter arrived at his house – it took two hours longer than normal due to the weather – just in time to read a bedtime story, “Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse,” to his daughter. After putting her to bed, he taped a pair of interviews from his home studio for the 11 p.m. and late-night editions of SportsCenter.
As crazy as it was to file a NFL news story of this magnitude from his car on the side of the road in the middle of a snowstorm, Schefter said, “This is nothing compared to what next week will be like. It’s one of my two most active weeks of the year.”
Next week, of course, is the start of NFL Free Agency when Schefter will be back in Bristol early Monday through Friday. And, if his performance last year is any indication, get ready for a flurry – or more likely a storm – of activity.