A true legend in broadcasting is leaving the Worldwide Leader. Mike Patrick, a veteran of 36 years with the network, has decided to step away from ESPN.
So where is Patrick headed next? He'll be in attendance at the Louisville-Duke game scheduled for Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET.
Patrick will join ESPN’s commentator team of Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Maria Taylor for an on-air segment. Duke also plans to honor Patrick with an in-arena salute to him and his exceptional career.
Here's what Patrick had to say about the move via ESPN Front Row.
"It’s wonderful to reflect on how I’ve done exactly what I wanted to do with my life," Patrick said. "At the same time, I’ve had the great pleasure of working with some of the very best people I’ve ever known, both on the air and behind the scenes. While I’m not sure exactly what’s next for me, I’m looking forward to continuing my journey with new life experiences."
Patrick covered everything from the NCAA tournament to the NFL. He was the voice of ESPN’s NFL game coverage (at the time Sunday Night Football) from 1987-2005 -- and called the network's first NFL game in 1987.
Patrick, 73, walks away after a nearly four-decade run with the Worldwide Leader. He joined ESPN just three years after the network launched, and has been a mainstay ever since. His final event for ESPN was the 2017 AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30 where Iowa State defeated Memphis 21-20.
Watch tonight as Patrick speaks with ESPN's broadcasting team during the Louisville-Duke game. The game will be broadcast on ESPN at 9 p.m. ET.