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Longtime NFL Reporter Has Decided To Retire Before Season

The NFL logo in the middle of Metlife Stadium.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - JANUARY 08: A detail of the official National Football League NFL logo is seen painted on the turf as the New York Giants host the Atlanta Falcons during their NFC Wild Card Playoff game at MetLife Stadium on January 8, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)

For the first time in a long time, Barry Wilner will not cover the NFL. 

On Tuesday, Wilner had a retirement party with his family and friends. The Associated Press sports writer spent 46 years in the industry. 

Wilner's son, Evan, confirmed this news on Instagram. 

"The rumors are true," Evan wrote. "After 46 years, my dad has officially retired. Congrats on a great career and thanks to the entire NFL PR team for a classy send off at their offices, including a visit from the Commissioner."

Several members of the media are sending their best wishes to Wilner.

"Wow - please share with him my wishes and hopes for happiness in his next adventures - and please tell him I say hi - and hi to you as well of course," Amy Trask of CBS Sports said

"Hall of Fame person. Barry Wilner is a gentleman in every sense of the word and he was always outstanding in his field. Selfishly, I hate that he’s retiring. But I also wish him countless blessings in retirement. Hell of a career," Eric Allen said

Congratulations to Barry Wilner on an extraordinary career.