Mike Greenberg (L) and Mike Golic welcomed Chris Berman (R) to Mike & Mike this morning. (Josh Krulewitz/ESPN)
Mike Greenberg (L) and Mike Golic welcomed Chris Berman (R) to Mike & Mike this morning.
(Josh Krulewitz/ESPN)

In response to the news Thursday that ESPN stalwart Chris Berman will be transitioning to into a new role with the company at the end of the football season, many sports figures sang Boomer’s praises.

A six-time National Sportscaster of the Year who arrived at ESPN a month after the network launched in 1979, Berman became one of the industry’s most popular voices in the ensuing decades. While he is stepping away from his longtime position as the face of ESPN’s NFL studio coverage, NFL Draft and Major League Baseball’s Home Run Derby, Berman will continue to contribute to the network’s coverage in various other ways including providing ESPN Radio play-by-play during the MLB Divisional Playoffs, providing commentary for Monday Night Countdown and more.

On Mike & Mike this morning, Berman discussed his first shows at the network, big moments for ESPN, when he knew the company had staying power and working on NFL PrimeTime.

Mike Soltys, Josh Krulewitz, Bill Hofheimer, Allie Stoneberg, Tara Chozet, Sheldon Spencer and Taylor Garrett contributed to this post.


The legend.

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Thursday, Mike & Mike co-host Mike Greenberg posted this video to Facebook Live:

Here’s a sampling of other social media tributes to Berman from colleagues in and out of ESPN, including NFL star Dez Bryant and former ESPN colleagues Dan Patrick, Keith Olbermann, Rich Eisen and Bonnie Bernstein.

  • Jimbuffalo

    Beloved in Buffalo and the only Sportscaster with his statue outside the other home of the Buffalo Bills..The Big Tree Inn.