NEW YORK, NY - MAY 28: ESPN anchors Chris Berman (L) and Bob Ley attend the Paley Prize Gala honoring ESPN's 35th anniversary presented by Roc Nation Sports on May 28, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for Paley Center for Media)

One of ESPN's biggest personalities officially stepping down from major positions


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One of the long-time faces of ESPN will be stepping down from the majority of his roles with the network.

In a press release on Thursday, ESPN announced that Chris Berman would be stepping away from his positions on ESPN's NFL studio coverage, the NFL Draft, and MLB's Home Run Derby. Berman will still do part-time coverage which will include Monday Night Countdown and work for ESPN Radio.

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"I've been lucky enough to spend almost two-thirds of my life at ESPN," Berman said in a statement. "And I am honored to have lent a small hand in laying the cornerstone for what has truly become a beacon in sports."

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Berman is one of of the longest-tenured employees at ESPN, having worked with the network since 1979. During that time, Berman has done just about everything for the network, participating in coverage for the NFL, MLB, PGA, and NHL. Berman was also a main-stay for ESPN's signature program, Sportscenter for most of his 38-year tenure with the company.

ESPN did not name any immediate replacements for Berman in the positions that he is vacating.