At a glance:Since 1979, Chris Berman has been the face of ESPN with his trademark combination of genuine enthusiasm, knowledge and wit. He is best known for his signature delivery of highlights of every sport, most notably on NFL Sundays.
Since 1979, Chris Berman has been the face of ESPN with his trademark combination of genuine enthusiasm, knowledge and wit. He is best known for his signature delivery of highlights of every sport, most notably on NFL Sundays.
Last year marked the 30th season that Berman has covered the NFL for ESPN. This year in Tampa is the 27th time he has led ESPN’s Super Bowl coverage. Berman began hosting Sunday NFL Countdown when the show first kicked off in 1986. He is also the host of Monday NFL Countdown as well as The Blitz, Sunday nights on ESPN. During halftime of ESPN’s Monday Night Football NFL telecasts, Berman narrates “The Fastest Three Minutes in Television” featuring highlights of all the previous day’s NFL games. He is especially proud of his prognosticating alter ego, the Swami. For 19 years, he was the host of NFL Primetime, along with Tom Jackson. NFL Primetime was the highest rated sports studio show in the history of cable television.
Berman has served as a play-by-play commentator for ESPN Major League Baseball games since 1990. He has covered 22 All Star games, including the Home Run Derby, and 21 World Series for ESPN.
Since 1986, Berman has covered the U.S. Open, a role that he relishes, including play-by-play duties for ESPN’s coverage of the first two rounds. He also hosts golf’s version of NFL PrimeTime, the nightly U.S. Open highlights show.
Six times he has been selected the National Sportscaster of the Year (1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2001) by the members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association. Berman and his various shows have won ten Emmy Awards and 12 Cable ACEs. Some of his many career highlights include calling the game in which Cal Ripken Jr. broke Lou Gehrig’s record for consecutive games played, during which he and Buck Martinez were silent for 22 minutes Being at Candlestick Park for both “The Catch” and “The Earthquake” Interviewing both presidential candidates, Barack Obama and John McCain, on election eve this past November.
Berman is famous for his use of nicknames while voicing over highlights. Throughout his career he has been praised by the media, viewers and players across the country for his lighthearted and humorous approach. Berman’s personal favorites from the more than 1000 monikers he has coined include Roberto “Remember the” Alomar, Bert “Be Home” Blyleven, Jim “Two Silhouettes On” Deshaies, and Fred “Crime Dog” McGriff. Some of his favorite NFL nicknames are Andre “Bad Moon” Rison, Curtis “My Favorite” Martin, Steve “I’ve Got You Babe” Bono and Chris Fuamatu Bad Maafala.
A long-time aficionado of rock and roll, Berman has appeared on stage singing with Huey Lewis and the News close to a dozen times. In addition, he sang twice with Eddie Money, appeared in a video with Hootie and the Blowfish, and was joined by Glenn Frey of the Eagles for a special “Hotel California” Super Bowl edition of “The Swami.
Berman has played himself in 11 motion pictures, most recently “The Longest Yard”, and on several television shows. He has also appeared many times with David Letterman, Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel.
Berman and his wife, Kathy, have been married for 25 years. They live in CT and have two children.
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