Sports enthusiasts who visit the ESPN channel would certainly be familiar with the name Chris Mortensen. He is a sports journalist known for his work on several ESPN programs including Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, ESPN Radio, and many others. Chris Mortensen has also reported for NFL GameDay and Outside the Lines. The sports analyst has made a name for himself by being of great importance to the world of sports.
Recently Mortensen has been less active on the screen. This development is due to his unexpected cancer diagnosis in 2016. Many have asked how the sports analyst has fared since his diagnosis. You can find this and more by browsing through.
Chris Mortensen Bio
He was born in Torrance, California, on November 7, 1951, the son of his parents, whose names are not known. Growing up, he attended North Torrance High School, where he began to develop his passion for sports. Chris Mortensen actively participated in various sports such as basketball, soccer, baseball, and many others.
After high school, he attended El Camino College in Los Angeles. During this time the Vietnam War was imminent and Chris Mortensen had to join the army and served his country for two years. After that, he ventured into his career as a sports journalist. He made the decision to go down this path after he was no longer able to participate in high school sports; after all, he was older, and growth is an inevitable part of life.
Chris Mortensen began his career by working at the Daily Breeze newspaper in Torrance. He then moved to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution where he covered and delivered various sports reports, including those of the Atlanta Falcons, the Atlanta Braves, the NFL, and many others. He then moved to The National and covered the NFL (1989-90) for the Outfit. After working at The National, he moved to ESPN in 1991, where he worked the longest.
Mortensen reported remarkable programs for the sports network and gained wide recognition for his work. He has reported for programs such as NFL GameDay, Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday NFL Countdown, SportsCenter, and many others. He has played a significant role in covering the Outfit’s coverage of the NFL Draft as well as other notable events.
Chris Mortensen has received over 15 awards for his contributions to the sports media platform. One of them is the National Headliner Award for Investigative Reporting in all categories.
Chris Mortensen is happily married to his wife, Micki Mortensen. The couple married in 1984 and have been together ever since. Meeting them in 1983 was one of the best things that ever happened to Chris, and all he wanted was to make Micki, who was then working for the Braves, his wife.
In fact, things happened so fast and the two of them tied the knot just one year later. Together they have a son named Alex (born 1985). Alex Mortensen is a former quarterback and also works as a coach for the Birmingham Iron of the Alliance of American Football.
In 2016 it was announced that the sports ace Alex Mortensen was diagnosed with throat cancer. Here you will find everything you need to know about the development.
Health Update On His Throat cancer, How Is He Doing?
To be precise, Chris Mortensen himself announced on January 15, 2016, that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 throat cancer. He had made the announcement on ESPN.com and added that he would not be sitting in front of the screen taking care of his health. This was indeed an unwelcome and sad development for Chris and everyone around him.
The sports analyst immediately began to undergo chemotherapy as he frequently visited the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. After a while cancer seemed to have disappeared. It was indeed a great and pleasant surprise for everyone when Chris announced in August 2016 that cancer on his neck and also on his tongue had disappeared.
In September of the same year, he returned to his coverage and it was a pleasure to see him. However, the dreaded disease returned in November 2016, and this time it was in his left lung. A photo of him appeared, showing that he had lost weight and had burns from the radiation treatment around his neck.
Chris Mortensen is still undergoing treatment. He is also struggling with the abnormalities associated with the deadly disease, especially with his severe weight loss. But the most important thing that keeps him alive is that he has all the love and support of his wife and son.