Legendary ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen dies at 72. 

 ESPN veteran and award-winning NFL reporter Chris Mortensen died Sunday morning at 72, his family said. 

After joining ESPN in 1991, Mortensen regularly appeared on NFL shows and "SportsCenter."  

He broke many ESPN stories, including Peyton Manning's 2016 retirement.  

He received the Pro Football Writers of America's Dick McCann Award in 2016 and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in August.  

 Chris Mortensen, who began covering the NFL for ESPN in 1991, won multiple awards,  

 won multiple awards, including the 2016 Pro Football Writers of America Dick McCann Award. Phil Ellsworth/ESPN  

"Mort was widely respected as an industry pioneer and universally beloved as a supportive, hard-working teammate,  

 ESPN chairman Jimmy Pitaro said. "He dominated NFL coverage for decades with skill and enthusiasm.  

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