ESPN NFL Reporter Chris Mortensen Dies at 72

Chris Mortensen, the legendary ESPN NFL reporter, has passed away at the age of 72. Get all the details on Mortensen’s career and legacy, including his battle with throat cancer and his impact on the NFL world.

The sports world mourns the loss of Chris Mortensen, the legendary ESPN NFL reporter who passed away Sunday morning at the age of 72.

ESPN Chair Jimmy Pitaro stated that Mort was widely respected as an industry pioneer and universally beloved as a supportive, hard-working teammate. Mortensen had announced his departure from ESPN after the 2023 NFL Draft to prioritize his health and family.

Diagnosed with Stage 4 throat cancer in 2016, Mortensen had battled health issues but continued to leave an indelible mark on sports journalism. He joined ESPN in 1991 and became known as the worldwide leader’s original NFL insider, covering the league with extraordinary skill and passion for decades.

Throughout his illustrious career, Mortensen earned accolades for his reporting, including the prestigious George Polk Award. He also famously broke the news of the New England Patriots’ “Deflategate” controversy, demonstrating his significant impact on the industry.

Colleagues and fans alike expressed shock and sadness at Mortensen’s passing, remembering him as a kind, generous, and professional figure in the sports media landscape. Many will cherish his legacy of excellence and integrity for years to come.

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