Who is Marcus Spears’ wife, Aiysha? Meet the ex-WNBA player and partner of the regular First Take guest, as well as their children.
Marcus Spears is a former NFL defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys and Baltimore Ravens. He was born on 8 March 1983 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, to father Ebray Spears and mother Irma Spears.
Spears attended Louisiana State University (LSU), where he was an All-American, before being drafted in the first round of the 2005 NFL Draft by the Cowboys.
Former NFL star moves into TV
Marcus retired in 2014 after nine seasons in the NFL, which is when he started his TV work. He initially joined ESPN as a college football analyst before moving to NFL Live in 2019, cementing his position as an analyst.
Spears also spent time on the SEC Network’s popular Saturday morning football pre-game show SEC Nation.
Marcus is now a regular on ESPN radio shows, as well as Get Up!, Sportscenter, and First Take, where he often appears opposite Stephen A Smith debating the hottest sports topics.
Who is Marcus Spears’ wife, Aiysha?
Marcus Spears’ wife is Aiysha Spears (nee Smith), whom he has been married to for 15 years.
The couple have three children (two daughters and a son). They are Macaria Raegan (born 2007), Marcus Rayshon Jr (2009) and Miko Reign (2013).
Aiysha was born on 18 July 1980 and was raised by her parents in Detroit, Michigan. Like Marcus, she has an athletic background, playing basketball at LSU and being a member of the All-SEC First Team in 2002.
Aiysha went on to play in the WNBA and was drafted by the Washington Mystics seventh overall in the 2003 WNBA Draft.
She played 60 games during her career, starting five, and was an alternate on Team USA in the 2001 World University Games.
Aiysha is now co-founder of Momagentbox, a “community of strong mothers supporting and celebrating each other, all while helping turn our kids’ athletic dreams into reality”.
Marcus celebrates wife’s birthday on Instagram
On 18 July 2021, Marcus shared a picture of his wife and children as he wished Aiysha the best on her birthday.
He wrote: “Happy Bday to the greatest human I know and I’m lucky she’s my wife. The sweetest thing I’ve ever known. Love you @anaturalqt past this lifetime.”