Award-Winning ESPN Reporter Chris Mortensen Passes Away

Chris Mortensen, an award-winning journalist who reported on the NFL for ESPN for more than three decades, died Sunday morning at the age of 72, his family announced.


Career and Awards

Chris Mortensen joined ESPN in 1991 and was a regular contributor to the network's NFL shows and 'SportsCenter.' He was a news breaker for ESPN, including reporting in 2016 that quarterback Peyton Manning was retiring from the NFL. In 2016, he received the Pro Football Writers of America's Dick McCann Award and was honored during the Pro Football Hall of Fame's enshrinement ceremony in August that year.

He won several awards in his career, including the prestigious Dick McCann Award from the Pro Football Writers of America in 2016.

Remembering Chris Mortensen

Chris Mortensen was widely respected as an industry pioneer and beloved as a supportive teammate. He covered the NFL with extraordinary skill and passion, making him one of the top reporters in the field. His colleagues and fans will truly miss him, and their hearts and thoughts are with his loved ones.

His longtime colleague, ESPN's Adam Schefter, expressed his condolences on social media, calling Mortensen one of the greatest reporters in sports history and an even better man. Many people in the sports community had high regard for Mortensen.

Legacy and Impact

Mortensen helped set the journalism standard in the early days of ESPN, elevating the network's news and information to a new level with his credibility, attention to detail, and reporting skills. He was not only a great journalist but also a great teammate and human being, exemplifying care and respect for others. His contributions to sports journalism will be remembered and cherished.

NFL commissioner Roger Goodell praised Mortensen's relentless pursuit of news and his kindness towards others. Many people in the league considered him a legend and admired his work ethic and professionalism. Mortensen's impact on the sports community will live on through his work and the lasting friendships he formed.