For two generations of Americans, Chris Berman has been the face of NFL sportscasting and one of the most respected and beloved sports anchors of his era. Hired just one month into ESPN’s founding, Berman helped turn the network into a national powerhouse. Over his nearly four-decade career at ESPN anchoring its signature programs including SportsCenter, NFL PrimeTime, Baseball Tonight, Monday Night Football and Sunday NFL Countdown, Berman has won 10 Emmys and been selected the National Sportscaster of the Year 6 times. In 2016 he became the first sportscaster ever to receive the Newseum Institute’s Al Neuharth Award for Excellence in Media.
Berman’s influence on American sports broadcasting can hardly be overstated. In addition to a whopping 34 Super Bowls, he has covered 30 World Series, 18 U.S. Opens and 2 Stanley Cup Playoffs. He has given more than 1000 players the nicknames that defined their careers, including Roberto “Remember the” Alomar, Bert “Be Home” Blyleven, Fred “Crime Dog” McGriff, Andre “Bad Moon” Rison and Curtis “My Favorite” Martin. He made sports highlights a critical component of studio shows with his famous weekly halftime highlights trip through the NFL, “The Fastest Three Minutes in Television” on Monday Night Football. For almost two decades, Berman has had the honor of serving as the Master of Ceremony for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony.
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