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Long-time ESPN broadcaster Mike Patrick ending career

On Feb. 21, 2018, longtime ESPN employee Mike Patrick ended his career as a broadcaster in the professional sport business.

The 73-year-old has spent more than 35 years in the professional sports business, according to USA Today.

The last game Patrick broadcasted was the Dec. 30, 2017, AutoZone Liberty Bowl, which featured a matchup of Iowa State and Memphis.

“It’s wonderful to reflect on how I’ve done exactly what I wanted to do with my life. 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,” Patrick told USA Today.

Patrick arrived to ESPN in 1982, and he quickly became the “most versatile play-by-play commentators.” He was the play-by-play announcer for the first NFL game broadcasted on ESPN, which occurred in 1987. He went on spend two decades as a part of the network's NFL broadcasting team.

patrick has also contributed to ESPN's basketball coverage, commentating on more than 30 of the Atlantic Coast Conference men’s basketball championships. He has also spent 14 years broadcasting the women’s Final Four, according to USA Today.

The network is going to air an all-day tribute to Patrick on Sports Center on Feb. 21, 2018.