Chris Mortensen went away at the age of 72.  

Chris Mortensen, a pioneering figure in NFL journalism whose insights influenced the understanding of innumerable football fans over the years, died at the age of 72.  

After a lengthy career in newspapers, most notably at the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Mortensen joined ESPN, where he became well-known for his work on the network's NFL studio shows and acquired a reputation as one of the league's top news reporters.  

Mortensen said in 2016 that he had decided to curtail his workload following a throat cancer diagnosis.  

"Mort was widely respected as an industry pioneer and universally beloved as a supportive, hard-working teammate," said ESPN Chairman Jimmy Pitaro in a statement. 

"He covered the NFL with exceptional skill and passion and was at the top of his game for decades.   

He will be much missed by colleagues and admirers, and our hearts and condolences are with his family."  

Throughout his career, Mortensen exerted considerable power in NFL media circles, creating an indelible impression  

Colleagues and spectators alike with his great accomplishments on the field.  

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