- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 5, 2017

ESPN announced Thursday that stalwart NFL studio host Chris Berman is stepping down after over three decades of service.

The man who made “He…could…go…all…the…way!” famous is scaling back his NFL and Major League Baseball duties at ESPN after 31 years. Mr. Berman will remain the host of NFL Primetime highlights after NFL championship week games and the Super Bowl, but that he will no longer host the NFL draft or Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby.

“The whole experience here has been a dream come true,” Mr. Berman said Thursday, ESPN reported. “Nobody knew if ESPN would make it [in 1979], or, for that matter, if cable TV would make it. I certainly wasn’t sure I would make it, but I really didn’t care. We were too busy having a blast, talking sports with viewers who were just like us, even if it was during the wee hours of the morning. We got to band together here in Bristol, Connecticut, and put out a product of which we were all very proud.”

The network said that Mr. Berman will also continue to contribute his unique perspective on Monday Night Countdown.

“Chris is one of a kind,” ESPN president John Skipper said Thursday. “His innovation, passion, preparation and on-air acumen have helped define ESPN. He wrote the book on delivering highlights which still serves as the standard to this day.”

The sports network has not announced a replacement.

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