Chris Berman's father, a passionate sports fan, has died of an illness. James K. Berman, 89, is credited with getting his son into football. According to Newsmax on Sept. 24, the news came out on ESPN's Twitter feed in two tweets.
Condolences to the family of Chris Berman on the loss of his father, James. Chris' father was a great fan of the NFL ...and he passed that love and enthusiasm on to his sons. Chris thanks everyone for their support and will be back next weekend.
Chris Berman's father got him into football by taking him along to NY jets games at Shea Stadium according to Legacy.com. Chris, 58, was also an ESPN sportscaster who was best known for his tag line, "he-could-go-all-the-way!"
Chris Berman's father died of pneumonia after a two-week battle. Chris took a leave of absence from work to be at his side.
Chris Berman was first-born and arrived on his father's birthday. He got his start in Hartford as a sports anchor on weekends after graduating from Brown University with a degree in History. He started at ESPN in 1979, soon after the network was founded and has been there ever since, in a career that spans over 35 years. He is a long time Harford Whalers hockey fan and more recently has become an outspoken Buffalo Bills booster too.
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