TAMPA (FOX 13) - From Super Bowls to Stanley Cup chases to NCAA championships and World Series games; from the births of two major league franchises to countless laps around the track at Daytona -- Chip Carter has seen it all.
Friday, though, he rolled away from the anchor desk for the last time.
After 28 years behind the anchor desk, FOX 13's sports director has retired.
Chip thanked the WTVT viewers in a Facebook post and explained that he's looking forward to a change of pace.
"After living and working online and on air, I am going to 'get off the grid' -- get offline and get outdoors -- hiking, camping, spending time with my wife Laurie, our kids and our goldens. I am really looking forward to it. It's time to simplify, slow down and settle into a perfect pace," he said. "There are a lot of ponds, woods and mountain trails that need exploring."
Earlier in the day Friday, Mayor Bob Buckhorn honored Chip by proclaiming "Chip Carter Day" in the city of Tampa, and this week brought accolades for Chip from all over the sports world. Even Jon Gruden and Jay Feaster surprised him live on the air.
Chip is one of only three sports directors in WTVT's 66-year history, following in the footsteps of Salty Sol and Andy Hardy.
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