Chris Berman

Chris Berman


5/10/1955, Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Birth Name

Christopher Berman



Also Known As

Boomer, The Swami
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Chris Berman is a Sportscaster known for saying the Phrase "he could go all the way" for a football player who is going for a long touchdown. Also he says "Back, Back, Back, Back" after a player hits a home run. Also, Chris Berman hosts "NFL Countdown" on…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Chris' favorite NFL team is the New York Giants.

    • During a segment of the "Chase the cheese" event on an episode of Sesame Street, Berman voiced the sports announcer.

    • Berman has cameoed on various episodes of Even Stevens as a "SportsCenter" anchor.

    • Berman appeared as himself in "Necessary Roughness" in 1991; as well as the 1995 Hootie and the Blowfish video for the single, "Only Wanna Be With You."

    • Chris Berman was inducted into the Brown University Athletic Hall of Fame.

    • Chris Berman has played himself in 11 motion pictures.

    • In 2005, the readers of SI for Kids chose Chris second as "Favorite Sportscaster," behind only John Madden.

    • Chris Berman was listed on The Sporting News' Top 100 Most Powerful People in Sports in 1995 and 2005.

    • Chris Berman received nine Emmy nominations as best sports host in 1990, 1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2001.

    • Chris Berman was chosen by People magazine as one of "TV's Most Fascinating Stars" of 1997.

    • Chris Berman was chosen by the TV Guide as one of the "Top Stars of the 90s."

    • Chris Berman was voted by readers of The Cable Guide the "Best Cable Sportscaster" in 1987, 1988 and 1990.

    • Chris Berman was honored in 1995, 1996, and 1997, being named "Sportscaster of the Year" in the Studio Host category by the American Sportscasters Association.

    • Chris Berman was honored in 1990, 1992, 1994 and 1996 with CableACE Awards as cable's best sports host.

    • Chris Berman has covered 20 All Star games and 17 World Series for ESPN.

    • Chris Berman serves as an announcer for the MLB Home Run Derby.

    • Chris Berman serves as the Master of Ceremony for the annual Pro Football Hall of Fame Induction ceremony.

    • Chris Berman anchors ESPN's annual NFL Draft telecast.

    • The 2005 season was Berman's 20th consecutive season as the studio host of Sunday NFL Countdown.

    • Berman was named the 2001 winner of the Reds Bagnell Award from the Maxwell Football Club of Philadelphia.

    • Chris Berman has won nine Emmy Awards and 12 CableACEs with the shows that he has worked on.

    • In 1989, Chris Berman became the first cable sportscaster to win the "National Sportscaster of the Year" and ranks second all time among sportscasters in winning this award from the NSSA.

    • Chris Berman has been named by the members of the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association, the "National Sportscaster of the Year" six times (1989, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1996 and 2001).

    • Chris Berman attended Brown University.

    • Chris Berman works as a NFL Studio Host, SportsCenter Anchor, and Baseball Commentator.

    • Chris Berman has worked for ESPN since 1979.

    • Is a Buffalo Bills fan and is best friends with ex Quarterback Jim Kelly.

    • Chris has two children with his wife Kathy Alexinski: Meredith (born 1986) and Douglas (born 1987).

    • He appeared as himself in the movies "Little Big League" in 1994 and in "Kingpin" in 1996.

    • Chris appeared in the remake of "The Longest Yard" with Adam Sandler in 2005.

    • As a hidden feature in "ESPN NFL 2K5", Berman appears as a free agent quarterback in season mode, and also has his own team in the game, the "Bristol Swamis", named after Bristol, Connecticut, where ESPN headquarters are located and his nickname, "The Swami".

    • Chris lent his voice to the videogame "ESPN NFL 2K5" and hosts the pregame show.

    • He's won 7 Emmy Awards.

    • Berman is well-known for his colorful nicknaming of players who show up on the highlights, including Barry "U.S." Bonds, Jose "Won't You Let Me Take You on a Sea" Cruz, Jake "Daylight Come, and You Gotta" Delhomme, C.C. "Splish Splash, I Was Taking" Sabathia and Scott "Supercalifragilisticexpiali-" Brosius.

    • Berman and his family live in Cheshire, Connecticut.

    • He still appears on special "SportsCenter" episodes, including the program's 20,000th and 25,000th shows and two "old school" editions on August 11 and 12, 2004.

    • In 1979, Berman's first television job was as a weekend sports anchor for WVIT-TV, an NBC affiliate in Hartford, Connecticut.

    • In 1977 he hosted a news talk show and covered football and basketball games for WERI radio in Westerly, Rhode Island.

    • At Brown, Chris served as the sports director for the campus radio station, WBRU Radio and commentator for the school's basketball, football, ice hockey and baseball games.

    • Chris graduated from Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York, in 1973.

    • On September 6, 1995, Berman called Cal Ripken, Jr.'s record breaking 2,131st consecutive game.

    • He joined ABC Sports as the halftime host on "Monday Night Football" in 1996.

    • Chris was a regular anchor on "SportsCenter" for the first 11 years at the network.

    • Chris goes by his alter ego, "The Swami" when making predictions for upcoming NFL games on "Sunday NFL Countdown" and the Sunday "SportsCenter".

    • He is currently one of the highest paid analysts at ESPN.

    • Chris is a host and anchor of "SportsCenter", "NFL Primetime", "Sunday NFL Countdown", "Baseball Tonight", US Open golf, and other programming on ESPN.

  • Quotes

  • Okay broadcaster.

    I am not a big fan of Berman, but I must say he is not the worst. In fact, he's probably one of the more seasoned in terms of being entertaining. He can be annoying at times, but for the most part, he's best if he is calm when he calls games and doesn't try to go overboard with his crazy one-liners. The best sport he calls would have to be football and football only. I've heard him call baseball games or something regarding baseball and it isn't pretty. Overall, he's okay at calling but isn't great at it either.

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  • he rulez

    chris berman is probably one of the most famous and best sports anchors and reporters to ever be in the bussieness.i love all of his famous quotes such as when he says he could go all the way when a football player is running for a touch down and bakc back back back back when a homerun ball is hidding for the fences for a homerun. his famous nikcnma "the swami" is famous all over the sports world for its well oriinallity,i mean who else could have a nick name like that? chris berman is one of the all time greats.10/10moreless