In October 1979 -- one month after its inception -- ESPN hired a little known 24-year-old sports anchor named Chris Berman. For the next 23 years and running, Berman has become one of America's most respected, popular, and in many ways, most beloved sportscasters of his era. With his trademark combination of genuine enthusiasm, knowledge, and wit, he has come to embody ESPN in its dedication to entertaining and informing sports fans across the country.
Chris Berman has been selected the National Sportscaster of the Year six times (1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2001) by the members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Berman, who in 1989 became the first cable sportscaster to win the award, ranks second among sportscasters in winning this award from the NSSA. Berman and his various shows have won seven Emmy Awards and 12 CableACEs.
Chris Berman was named the 2001 winner of the prestigious Reds Bagnell Award from the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia for "contributions to the game of football." The award was previously won by Pete Rozelle, Don Shula, Joe Paterno, and Eddie Robinson, among others.
The 2002 NFL season marks Berman's 17th consecutive as ESPN Sunday NFL studio host, last season having broken the record set by Brent Musburger. Berman has worked alongside Tom Jackson for all but one of those years, first teaming in 1987, when ESPN first acquired the rights to carry the NFL.
Every Sunday night in the fall he hosts the critically acclaimed NFL PrimeTime, which is annually cable televisions highest rated studio show. Chris Berman also hosts Sunday NFL Countdown, the weekly Sunday morning pre-game show which won five Sports Emmy Awards (1988, 1991, 1994, 1995 and 2001 seasons) and five CableACEs (1989, 1992, 1993, 1994 and 1995). During halftime of the NFL telecasts, Berman narrates "The Fastest Three Minutes in Television" featuring highlights of the day's NFL results. All told, he has been hosting ESPN's NFL telecasts since 1979 which includes his prognosticating alter-ego the "Swami," anchoring ESPN's annual NFL Draft telecast and serving as Master of Ceremony for the prestigious Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.
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