A legendary figure is bidding farewell to his career.
Chris Mortensen, the pioneer NFL insider for ESPN, has declared his retirement. While he initially made the decision quietly in April, the luminary chose to share the news with the public on Tuesday.
“Excited about another season but it’s time to reveal after my 33rd NFL draft in April, I made a decision to step away from ESPN and focus on my health, family and faith,” Mortenses posted to X. “The gratitude and humility is overwhelming. It’s not a classic retirement. I’ll still be here talking ball. It’s just time. God Bless you all.”
Since 2016, Mortensen has been fighting esophageal cancer.
Set to turn 72 this November, Mortensen became a part of ESPN in 1991 and quickly emerged as one of the network's leading NFL insiders. His battle with throat cancer led him to take a hiatus in 2016, but following effective treatment, he made a triumphant return.
Excited about another season but it’s time to reveal after my 33rd NFL draft in April, I made a decision to step away from ESPN and focus on my health, family and faith.
The gratitude and humility is overwhelming.
It’s not a classic retirement. I’ll still be here talking ball.…
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) September 5, 2023
Many people heaped praise on Mortensen after the announcement.
Congratulations to one of the best to ever do it. A remarkable reporter and an even better friend to so many along the way. An insider with great information who always made covering football fun.
Go enjoy all the joys in life Chris, you deserve it all. https://t.co/sSDsYp4vQo
— Dianna Russini (@DMRussini) September 5, 2023
A Legendary Run By Mort Report, the Ultimate Insider.
One of the True Pioneers in Sports TV. https://t.co/A0pHOHoyWL
— Michael McCarthy (@MMcCarthyREV) September 5, 2023
All will miss your presence, your humor and your incredibly detailed reporting. Few will miss you more than I will for your advice, wisdom and friendship. Nobody has meant more to me than you, @mortreport.
God bless you and Micki and Alex. See you on the golf course in May. https://t.co/pXqVcYnLeQ
— Ed Werder (@WerderEdESPN) September 5, 2023
Congratulations on an incredible career and best wishes in retirement, Chris!
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