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ESPN NFL insider Chris Mortensen: In memoriam, 1951-2024

R.I.P. ESPN's Chris Mortensen

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(Photo by A. Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Chris Mortensen, one of the most respected NFL journalists and insiders, died at the age of 72. Mortensen was diagnosed with cancer in 2016 and returned to ESPN in 2019. He broke many big stories and was one of the most prominent voices on the NFL scene for decades.

“Mort was widely respected as an industry pioneer and universally beloved as a supportive, hard-working teammate,” Jimmy Pitaro, chairman of ESPN, said in a statement. “He covered the NFL with extraordinary skill and passion, and was at the top of his field for decades.”

Chris Mortensen

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(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Chris Mortensen

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(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Chris Mortensen

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(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Chris Mortensen

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(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Chris Mortensen

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(Photo by Kevin C. Cox/AAF/Getty Images)

Chris Mortensen

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(Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Mortensen

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(Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Mortensen

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(Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Mortensen

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(Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Mortensen

(Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Mortensen

(Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Mortensen

(Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Mortensen

(Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)
(Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Mortensen

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(Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports)

Chris Mortensen

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(Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)

Story originally appeared on List Wire