ESPN announced Thursday that Sam Ponder will be the new host of Sunday NFL Countdown, replacing network legend Chris Berman in the role.
The popular College GameDay regular will no longer participate in college football’s most popular pregame show as a result. And that’s something that has both fans and Ponder alike a little emotional.
In conjunction with the announcement, Ponder issued a heartfelt letter about her time with College GameDay. Inside, she recognizes each person involved with the show and what made her time with that person special.
She closed with a potent message to college football fans:
And lastly, to my college football family – you are my people. It was the signs (O.K., some of them), the cheers, the songs we sang, and even the arguments we engaged in on Gameday that made me happy to get up at 3 a.m. to hang with you. From Clemson to Fargo to Eugene and everywhere in between, because of you, a college football town will always feel like home.
ESPN has not yet announced who will replace Ponder on the set of College GameDay for the 2017 football season. ESPN also announced that Suzy Kolber will replace Berman on Monday Night Countdown as well as Monday Night Football’s halftime show. Trey Wingo will handle all three days of NFL Draft coverage in place of Berman.