REPORT: Chris Berman To Retire After This NFL Season, Retirement Tour Supposed To Be Crazier Than Derek Jeter And Kobe Bryant’s Combined
May 26 / Gregg Sussman / SportsGrid
According to The Big Lead, the most recognizable personality at ESPN is set to call it quits at the end of the upcoming NFL season. Chris Berman, who has been employed with the worldwide leader since just after its inception in 1979, is planning on stepping down from his post as the face of the network's NFL coverage. The Big Lead reported that Berman is expected to retire, rather than work at another network and that the leading candidates to replace him are just who you would expect, Suzy Kolber and Trey Wingo.
If Berman does indeed retire, it will be a shocking decision. Is it related to ESPN's massive company wide budget cuts or does Berman just feel its time? In recent years, Berman has come under a ton of fire, for not changing the bombastic ways that made him the face of the network. As the younger generation has looked less for yelling and silly nicknames, Berman has stuck to his shtick. Routinely criticized on social media and full of cliches and hyperbole, Berman is probably a shell of what he once was. We are confident, however, that won't stop ESPN from pulling out all of the stops in his final year.
If Derek Jeter's retirement ceremony felt long and Kobe Bryan't felt never ending, we are confident that Chris Berman's will feel excruciatingly painful. With returns from ESPN veterans, clip shows and so many others honoring Berman, it's going to be a long year if you are a fan of ESPN. We also expect him to win every award at the ESPYs because there probably is no ESPYs without Chris Berman.
We've grown up with Chris Berman. When we were younger, he was our favorite. As we've grown up, it's become tired to us. But there is absolutely no denying that Chris Berman, for years to many, IS ESPN. Not having the Swami around to pick the Bills every week will make Sunday NFL Countdown feel empty.
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