Matthew Berry is moving on to the next chapter in his career. This week, the 54-year-old fantasy football expert announced he is leaving ESPN after 15 years with the network. He didn't announce what his next move will be but is thankful for the memories he made at ESPN.
"When I came to the company in 2007, fantasy football was a niche of a niche, and ESPN was way behind the market leader. And now, many years later, I am so incredibly proud of all the work we have done together to bring fantasy football into the mainstream and, specifically, make ESPN the leading game and content destination for fantasy players everywhere," Berry wrote in a statement.
"I feel truly blessed to have worked alongside countless talented, dedicated and passionate colleagues supported by management who understood what fantasy sports meant to our fans. ...On a professional level, ESPN gave me a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to write and talk fantasy sports on every possible ESPN platform. On a personal level, ESPN is where made lifelong friends, met my wife and started my family. I am forever indebted to ESPN." Here's a look what fans had to say about Berry's exit.
So… some personal news: This is my last week at ESPN. pic.twitter.com/cDcVgN2BSc— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) July 11, 2022
Berry also said: "I'm really excited about the future but there will plenty of time to talk about that before the season. For now, I just want to take some time to reflect and celebrate an incredible 15 years. Thanks for the support. I love you all."prevnext
One fan wrote: "You were so thoughtful when my pregnant girlfriend and I came to a book signing in Carmel Indiana at Barnes n Nobles years ago. My daughter is now growing into football into a big way and wants to begin learning fantasy football, like you hoped. Thank you Matt for being awesome."prevnext
ESPN really hates guys that don’t do awful debate on tv. Matthew Berry is the god of Fantasy Football. https://t.co/ShaDsOsgDe— Branden Gilbert (@Branden_Gilbert) July 11, 2022
Trevor Sikkema of Pro Football Focus wrote: "Congrats on a truly inspiring run, Matthew! Your work is part of what got me into fantasy football in the first place. All the best to you and what's ahead!"prevnext
I say this sorta joking but sorta serious. With the impact fantasy football has on the game now and Matthew Berry being pretty close to the face of that, there’s a case to be made for the Hall of Fame https://t.co/fwTiGGmYzG— Brian Cohen (@CohenBrian_) July 11, 2022
Adam Rank of the NFL Network wrote: "So many of us, all of us, are indebted to you. I know we talked about this recently, but your appearances with Mason and Ireland are what helped me believe this could be a career option."prevnext
ESPN is going downhill. Let me be clear, there is no way Matthew Berry left for no reason. There’s something going on at ESPN, and the silence has to be broken soon I’d imagine… https://t.co/SUtKjuDGUm— Jack Morgan: Co Host of the Golden Hour (@jackmorganusn) July 11, 2022
Never forget this epic Matthew Berry rant.. I feel the pain.. losing in fantasy football by one point is the most frustrating thing ever.. @FieldYates @DanielDopp @Stephania_ESPN pic.twitter.com/8RdEeiUpWM— Jeremiah McClendon (@Pistons2024) July 11, 2022
Another person said: "Matthew Berry is one of the main reasons why [Fantasy Football] has become so popular. Informative, innovative and entertaining. He'll crush whatever he does next. Thanks for never hustling, Matthew."prevnext
Matthew Berry leaving ESPN to reprise his role as a SHIELD agent for the Secret Invasion show pic.twitter.com/MoInuVCO3O— YesOnCA27 (@ndegen_) July 11, 2022
And Leonard Berry wrote: "So proud of you Matthew. Your creativity, instinct, and perseverance helped create the industry of fantasy sports. Love you, Pop."prev