Play-by-play announcer Patrick leaves ESPN after 35 years

2/21/2018 10:34:31 PM EST

Broadcaster Mike Patrick is ending his career at ESPN after 35 years that included being the play-by-play announcer on "Sunday Night Football" from 1987 until 2005.

Patrick, 73, began his play-by-play role with the network in 1982 and called his last game at the AutoZone Liberty Bowl on Dec. 30, the network announced Wednesday.

Patrick will be at Cameron Indoor Stadium on Wednesday night for the Duke-Louisville basketball game. He will join Dan Shulman, Jay Bilas and Maria Taylor for an on-air segment.

"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."

Before "Sunday Night Football" moved to NBC, Patrick served as the play-by-play announcer for the full 18 years that the games were played on ESPN.

Patrick called more than 30 Atlantic Coast Conference men's basketball championships and was the voice of ESPN's Women's Final Four coverage from 1996 to 2009.

--Field Level Media