ESPN anchor Bob Ley announced his retirement from the network, which he joined in 1979 on its first weekend.

"Each day since has been a unique adventure, one I embrace for the challenge and unequaled fun of a job like no other," the journalist said in a statement on Twitter on Wednesday morning. 

"To be clear, this is entirely my decision. I enjoy the best of health, and the many blessings of friends and family, and it is in that context that I'm making this change," he said.

ESPN said Ley, 64, is the network's longest-tenured anchor. He said he'll retire at the end of the month.

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