Ley, who joined ESPN shortly after its launch in 1979, has been considered the conscience of the sports network, especially as the longtime host of Outside the Lines. Last September, Ley took a six-month sabbatical from ESPN that ended up being extended until he announced his retirement this morning. Jeremy Schaap and Ryan Smith will take over anchoring duties on Outside the Lines. “To be clear, this is entirely my decision," Ley said in a statement. "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. "In September, I signed off my last show saying, 'I’ll catch you on the flip side.' Now it’s time to take that vinyl off the turntable (ask your folks), flip it over, and drop the needle on the B-side. There are always great cuts, and hidden gems on the B-side." ALSO: Watch Outside the Lines' tribute to Bob Ley.