A LEGEND’S GOODBYE-NFL Reporter, Chris Mortesen steps down after decades in job just days before start of 2023 NFL

A LEGEND'S GOODBYE-NFL Reporter, Chris Mortesen steps down after decades in job just days before start of 2023 NFL

 

NFL insider Chris Mortensen has announced his retirement from ESPN. The legendary sportscaster revealed on Tuesday that he made the decision to step down after the 2023 NFL Draft.

A LEGEND'S GOODBYE-NFL Reporter, Chris Mortesen steps down after decades in job just days before start of 2023 NFL

Mortensen, 71, said he won’t completely disappear from the NFL media sphere, however. “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,” he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter. “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.”

 

A LEGEND'S GOODBYE-NFL Reporter, Chris Mortesen steps down after decades in job just days before start of 2023 NFL

Mortensen’s ESPN colleagues, including Jorge Sedano and Scott Van Pelt, replied to the post and bid goodbye to the sportscasting icon. “Cheers, Mort. Never the wrong time to focus on all those things,” Van Pelt wrote. “Grateful for your friendship and to have been your colleague.” And Sedano added: “Mort, you’re an absolute legend. Truly a trailblazer and always incredibly kind/helpful to everyone you worked with,” Sedano wrote. “Congrats and thank you for being such a great colleague.”

A LEGEND'S GOODBYE-NFL Reporter, Chris Mortesen steps down after decades in job just days before start of 2023 NFL

Mortensen appeared on Sunday NFL Countdown, SportsCenter, and ESPN Radio after joining ESPN in 1991. He was also a key part of the network’s Super Bowl and NFL Draft coverage. The California native has covered all but one Super Bowl since 1985. In 2016, he missed Super Bowl 50 due to his battle with throat cancer. Later that year, the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) honored Mortensen with the Dick McCann Award for his long and distinguished contribution to pro football. Mortensen made the shocking announcement just two days before the 2023 NFL season’s kick-off.

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