Since being hired by ESPN in 1991, Chris Mortensen has been one of the most trusted voices for reporting on the National Football League. Now, Mortensen is in a fight for his life.
The ESPN reporter announced on the air Friday that he had been diagnosed with Stage IV throat cancer over a week ago, and will be stepping down from his duties at ESPN for the time being. Mortensen, 64, said that he still has tests remaining to determine the best possible treatment for him moving forward.
This is ESPN's third high-profile bout with cancer. Longtime anchor Stuart Scott passed away from stomach cancer in January of 2015, while reporter Shelley Smith is in remission after a bout with breast cancer.
Mortensen and his wife Micki have two children.
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