Legendary ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen has died at the age of 72

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NFL reporter Chris Mortensen, who covered football for decades and was one of the most recognizable reporters on TV, has died.

Chris died Sunday morning, according to his longtime employer, ESPN. The cause of death is not clear.

Mortensen was a staple of ESPN’s coverage of the NFL for decades…most famous for his TV segments, dubbed The Mort Report.

Chris was frequently featured on ESPN’s “Sunday NFL Countdown,” “SportsCenter” and “Monday Night Football”…in addition to writing and performing radio hits on ESPN.

Mortensen had to step away from TV in 2016, when he revealed he was battling stage 4 throat cancer. He eventually returned to work at ESPN, but retired from the network in September 2023.

“Mort was widely respected as an industry pioneer and universally beloved as a supportive, hard-working teammate,” said ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro.

“He covered the NFL with extraordinary skill and passion, and was at the top of his field for decades. He will truly be missed by colleagues and fans, and our hearts and thoughts are with his loved ones,” Jimmy added.

Mortensen was 72.

RIP

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