Chris Mortensen, Esteemed NFL Reporter for ESPN, Passes Away at 72

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Chris Mortensen, a renowned NFL journalist with nearly four decades of experience, passed away at the age of 72. Mortensen spent 32 years as a senior analyst at ESPN, where he became widely respected for his coverage of the NFL.

His death was confirmed by ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro, who praised Mortensen as an industry pioneer and a beloved teammate. In 2016, Mortensen revealed that he had been diagnosed with throat cancer.

Despite his health challenges, he continued to work and was known for breaking significant NFL news, such as Peyton Manning’s retirement announcement.

Chris Mortensen (Credits: USA Today)

Manning, in a social media post, remembered Mortensen as the best in the business and cherished their friendship. He credited Mortensen with handling his announcement to sign with the Denver Broncos and his retirement news.

Daniel Jeremiah, an NFL Network analyst, spoke fondly of Mortensen’s character, describing him as one of the sweetest souls and a passionate lover of the sport. Mortensen retired from ESPN last year to focus on his health, family, and faith.

During his tenure at ESPN, Mortensen played a crucial role in shaping the network’s NFL coverage, which expanded into year-round programming.

He was honored with the Dick McCann Award by the Professional Football Writers of America in 2016, recognizing his distinguished contribution to sports journalism.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell praised Mortensen’s relentless pursuit of news and his kindness towards others. He described Mortensen as an influential and revered reporter whose impact on sports journalism will be deeply missed.

Mortensen’s career also included stints at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The National, and The Sporting News. He was considered a personal hero by many in the sports journalism industry and was known for his grit, determination, and inspiring approach to life’s challenges.

Arthur Blank, owner of the Atlanta Falcons, remembered Mortensen as a personal hero and a journalist who made an enormous impact. Mortensen’s contributions to sports journalism and his unwavering friendships will be remembered by many.

Chris Mortensen is survived by his wife, Micki, and son, Alex. His death marks the end of an era in sports journalism, leaving a lasting legacy of excellence and dedication to the craft.