Suzy Kolber announced today on ESPN’s NFL Insiders program that ESPN NFL Reporter and Analyst Chris Mortensen is temporarily stepping away from his assignments in order to battle Stage IV throat cancer.
Mortensen released a statement on Friday which read:
“More than a week ago, I was diagnosed with a Stage IV throat cancer. 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. Consequently, with the support and encouragement from ESPN president John Skipper and many others at ESPN, I am temporarily stepping away from my normal NFL coverage duties to better engage this opportunity to fight the good fight that is projected to affect almost 1.7 million Americans with new cases in 2016.”
He continued “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.”
Mortensen has been part of ESPN’s football coverage since arriving at the network in 1991. He makes regular appearances on ESPN’s Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, SportsCenter, NFL Live, NFL Insiders and numerous other ESPN programs, including ESPN Radio.
For more, visit Sports Illustrated where this information was first reported