Chris Berman is becoming the voice of the San Diego Chargers.
Or, at least, it appears that way.
Berman will be the play-by-play announcer and former NFL quarterback Trent Dilfer will be the analyst when the Chargers host Houston in the bottom half of a Week 1 “Monday Night Football” doubleheader Sept. 9 on ESPN. The pair called the San Diego-Oakland Week 1 “Monday Night Football game” last year.
It was Berman’s first NFL play-by-play call in his 30-plus years at ESPN. The pair will get a sneak preview look at the Chargers on Thursday when they call San Diego's game at Chicago. It will be broadcast on ESPN at 8 pm. ET.
Berman is excited about his extended San Diego work.
“As it turns out, at least in the early goings, I am the national voice of the San Diego Chargers. And that’s fine with me,” Berman said. “I’ve long had warm feelings for the team, the powder blues and the city. I’m anxious to see the new-look Chargers under head coach Mike McCoy, who will very much be flying under the radar this year, which is probably perfect in the eyes of Philip Rivers and the rest of the team. The AFC could be a little more open this year than it normally is, and the Chargers, of course, hope they are somehow in the mix and become one of those teams that no one looks at until Halloween."