Chris Berman officially retires, kind of

Longtime ESPN broadcaster and studio personality Chris Berman has officially not retired from TV but will take on a much lesser role at the worldwide leader in sports; ESPN announced in a statement Thursday.

Berman will continue to host ESPN’s NFL PrimeTime highlights show from the field after the Super Bowl as well as the NFL Conference Championship games. He will also offer opinion and perspective on historical events in the NFL, including still appearing weekly on Monday Night Countdown. In addition, he will handle play-by-play for ESPN Radio during the MLB Divisional Playoffs and participate in ESPN’s annual ESPYS Awards.

Boomer’s semi-retirement comes as no surprise. Last week, the 61-year-old told Rodger Wyland and Zech Bye that he probably wouldn’t be seen in his current capacity much longer during an interview on Big Board Sports.

In light of today’s official announcement, ESPN president John Skipper sent the following message to network employees.

Today ESPN announces a new role for Chris Berman, our Hall of Fame quarterback of 38 years. Following next month’s Super Bowl, Chris will begin a new ESPN chapter in his storied career, one that, as he put it, will ensure that he will “finish with the team I came in with.” It’s a rare accomplishment for a rare talent, and one we are very happy to celebrate today.

Though Chris will continue to make meaningful contributions to ESPN in the years ahead, today it is important to recognize the indelible impact he has already had on our company, the industry and sports fans everywhere. We all owe him a sincere debt of gratitude.

Thanks for the memories, Boom.

-Dylan Rossiter(@ByDylanRossiter)

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