First Take host Molly Qerim leads arguably the most popular show in all of sports, so she is used to generating strong reactions.
That said, even she was likely unprepared for the outpouring of responses she would get from NFL fans over her outfit choices for a recent episode.
With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Dallas Cowboys squaring off on Monday night, Qerim decided to dress for the occasion.
She shared her wardrobe decisions for the day on Twitter:
— Molly Qerim (@MollyQerim) January 16, 2023
Because of how popular she has become in recent years, the replies poured in immediately.
NFL fans had a lot to say:
Definitely looking better in blue and white @MollyQerim
— ISAAC WILSON III (D-SC) (@politicalsigma) January 16, 2023
Even though you make any jersey look good it’s tough to see you in a Cowboys jersey! You’re a Giants girl!
— TheShow (@gridiron4246) January 16, 2023
Not easy making a Dallas jersey . But you pulled it off
— EagleLen (@Len845) January 16, 2023
Look better in that pewter and red!#GoBucs
— Mike Boganowski (@MikeBog80) January 16, 2023
Overall, outfit changes and everything notwithstanding, it seems like Qerim had a great time in Tampa Bay:
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Although Stephen A. Smith obviously soaks up most of the First Take limelight (and collects the biggest salary), Qerim is extremely popular in her own right. That comes with its fair share of positives and negatives.
On the plus side she is obviously immensely successful from a professional perspective. On the negative side, her private life is under nonstop scrutiny. Everything from the real reason she and Jalen Rose got divorced to the specifics of her relationship with Smith is always under a microscope.
When LeBron James saw her 👀👀https://t.co/3MwQWfSIhg
— Game 7 (@game7__) January 17, 2023
Qerim handles it all with a lot of grace. But it is objectively a lot.
By any measure, Qerim’s star power hit a whole new level in 2022.
Will she be able to eclipse it in 2023? Time will tell.