Longtime ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen dies at 72

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Longtime ESPN commentator Chris Mortensen has died astatine property 72, nan cablegram sports transmission announced Sunday.

"Mort was wide respected arsenic an manufacture pioneer and universally beloved arsenic a supportive, hard-working teammate," ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro said successful a social media statement. "He covered nan NFL pinch bonzer accomplishment and passion, and was astatine nan apical of his section for decades. He will genuinely beryllium missed by colleagues and fans, and our hearts and thoughts are pinch his loved ones."

The award-winning shot newsman had retired past April aft covering his 33rd NFL draft. Since starting astatine ESPN successful 1991, he reported for nan network's largest NFL broadcast shows, arsenic good arsenic nan SportsCenter conception "Inside nan Huddle."

Mortensen, who had battled esophageal crab for years, wrote connected X successful September that he made nan determination to attraction connected his health, family and faith. He had initially taken a time off of absence aft announcing his test successful early 2016.

"The gratitude and humility is overwhelming. It’s not a classical retirement. I’ll still beryllium present talking ball," he wrote of his retirement. "It’s conscionable time. God Bless you all."

Prior to his iconic sports broadcasting career, Mortensen covered nan Atlanta Braves, nan Atlanta Falcons and nan NFL for nan Atlanta Journal-Constitution, winning a George Polk Award successful 1987 for his reporting. He past covered nan NFL for The National Sports Daily, a now-defunct newspaper, earlier joining ESPN.

In 1991, he published his book, "Playing for Keeps: How One Man Kept nan Mob from Sinking Its Hooks into Pro Football."

Mortensen is survived by his woman Micki Mortensen and boy Alex Mortensen, who is simply a shot coach and erstwhile master quarterback.

Angela Yang

Angela nan is simply a civilization and trends newsman for NBC News.