ESPN’s Renowned NFL Reporter Chris Mortensen Passes Away at 72

ESPN's Renowned NFL Reporter Chris Mortensen Passes Away at 72

ESPN’s Renowned NFL Reporter Chris Mortensen Passes Away at 72

Bollywoodfever, March 3: Chris Mortensen, the esteemed ESPN journalist known for his extensive coverage of the NFL, passed away at 72, his family confirmed on Sunday morning.

For over 30 years, Mortensen was a cornerstone of ESPN’s NFL coverage since joining the network in 1991. 

He became a staple on NFL programming and “SportsCenter,” renowned for breaking major news stories, including Peyton Manning’s retirement announcement in 2016.

ESPN's Renowned NFL Reporter Chris Mortensen Passes Away at 72

Mortensen’s excellence in journalism was recognized in 2016 when he was awarded the Pro Football Writers of America’s Dick McCann Award, a highlight of his career celebrated at the Pro Football Hall of Fame ceremony.

ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro praised Mortensen as a pioneering figure in sports journalism, admired for his dedication and passion for NFL coverage. “His loss is deeply felt by colleagues and fans alike, and our thoughts are with his family during this difficult time,” Pitaro stated.

Adam Schefter, Mortensen’s colleague on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” expressed his sorrow on social media, highlighting Mortensen’s impact as both a journalist and a person.

Mortensen, who had been battling Stage 4 throat cancer since January 2016, took a step back from his ESPN duties last year to focus on his health and family. 

His commitment to journalism and his role as a mentor and friend were remembered by ESPN’s executive editor, Norby Williamson, who noted Mortensen’s influence on the network’s culture and standards.

Peyton Manning and NFL spokesman Brian McCarthy were among the many who paid tribute to Mortensen, acknowledging his professionalism, kindness, and legacy in sports journalism.

Before ESPN, Mortensen’s career included significant contributions to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The National, and accolades such as the George Polk Award for his investigative reporting. His work earned him numerous journalism awards and two Pulitzer Prize nominations.

Mortensen’s legacy extends beyond his professional achievements, remembered for his resilience, integrity, and the profound impact he had on the sports journalism landscape and those who knew him.

Survived by his wife, Micki, and son, Alex, Mortensen’s passing marks the end of an era in sports journalism, leaving behind a legacy of excellence, mentorship, and an indelible mark on the NFL and its community.

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