Chris Mortensen, ESPN NFL Reporter, Passes Away at 72

Chris Mortensen, a longtime ESPN NFL reporter, passed away at the age of 72 over the weekend. Mortensen had been with ESPN since 1991 and was a prominent figure on many of the network's NFL programs, including "SportsCenter."

Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN, described Mortensen as an industry pioneer and a beloved teammate who covered the NFL with skill and passion. He expressed condolences to Mortensen's loved ones and noted the impact he had on colleagues and fans alike.

Former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning also paid tribute to Mortensen, calling him a "true legend" and highlighting their friendship and the trust he had in Mortensen to handle important announcements during his career.

ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter echoed the sentiments, describing Mortensen as one of the greatest reporters in sports history and offering condolences to his family and those who knew and loved him.

Mortensen had been diagnosed with Stage 4 Throat Cancer in 2016 but continued to work at ESPN before announcing his retirement last September to focus on his health, family, and faith. He was known for his outspoken Christian faith and had shared his faith story on various platforms.

Colleagues and friends of Mortensen, such as Jason Romano, also expressed their sadness at his passing and shared memories of their interactions with him. The impact of Mortensen's work and character was felt by many in the sports industry, and his legacy as a respected journalist and beloved friend will be remembered by those who knew him.


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