Chris Mortensen: ESPN NFL analyst reveals he has throat cancer, steps away from job

Chris Mortensen: ESPN NFL analyst reveals he has throat cancer, steps away from job

Chris Mortensen, ESPN’s longtime NFL reporter and one of the pioneers among newspaper journalists who transitioned to a career in television, has been diagnosed with Stage IV throat cancer and will be taking a leave from the network.

Chris Mortensen announced in a statement Friday that he was diagnosed with throat cancer.

“More than a week ago, I was diagnosed with a Stage IV throat cancer,” Mortensen said in a statement. “My focus shifted significantly to gathering information about the specifics of this cancer. The initial diagnosis was confirmed Friday and there is another test remaining that will determine the best possible treatment plan that will commence in the very immediate future.”

The 64-year-old analyst has been with ESPN since 1991, focusing extensively on the NFL by making appearances on Sunday NFL Countdown and other football staples.

Mortensen remains optimistic despite the troubling news, via ESPN:

“I have many inspirational examples of men, women and children who have faced this very fight. We all know somebody, right? I also have the love and prayers of my wife Micki, my family, my friends, colleagues and, most of all, my faith that serve as sources of tremendous strength. I have a peace about this and look forward to the battle.”

By Friday afternoon, “Mort” was trending nationally on Twitter. His colleagues and others in the sporting world have wished him the best of luck.

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