Longtime NFL reporter Chris Mortensen mentioned Tuesday that he has retired from ESPN.
“Enthusiastic about one other season however it is time to reveal after my thirty third NFL draft in April, I decided to step away from ESPN and deal with my well being, household and religion,” Mortensen tweeted. “The gratitude and humility is overwhelming. It is not a traditional retirement. I am going to nonetheless be right here speaking ball. It is simply time. God Bless you all.”
Mortensen, 71, was a newspaper journalist earlier than becoming a member of ESPN in 1991, the place he usually appeared on “Sunday NFL Countdown” and “SportsCenter” and contributed the community’s Tremendous Bowl and NFL draft protection. In January 2016, he introduced he had been recognized with Stage 4 throat most cancers.
Mortensen obtained the Dick McCann Award from Skilled Soccer Writers of America in 2016. Whilst he was away from work whereas battling most cancers, Mortensen broke the information in March of that 12 months that Tremendous Bowl-winning quarterback Peyton Manning would retire after 18 NFL seasons.
Tributes for Mortensen poured in throughout social media.
“Better of the very best,” tweeted Adrian Wojnarowski, ESPN’s NBA insider. “What an honor it has been to spend time with Mort and study from him. A real titan on this business and an inspiration in each facet of his exceptional life and profession.”
—Area Degree Media