Bryant Gumbel Leaves NFL Network

04/22/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

After two years of getting roasted by sports-media critics, Bryant Gumbel has ankled his job as play-by-play man for the eight live National Football League primetime games carried each season by the NFL Network.

The network hired Gumbel when it secured rights to the eight-game package in 2006, even though Gumbel had no experience doing NFL play by play. His sports expertise comes from his 13 years as host of HBO's monthly hourlong series "Real Sports With Bryant Gumbel" and his early career at NBC Sports.

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