ESPN’s Chris Mortensen undergoing treatment for Stage IV throat cancer
This must be a very disappointing news for the fans of ESPNâ€™s Chris Mortensen. Many of his fans have been bewildered by his continued absence from NFL playoff telecast. Now the reason for his absence has been made public.
The very ebullient and impressive, 64-year old Chris Mortensen has reportedly been diagnosed with throat cancer. An announcement made by Mortensen came as a huge shock for his millions and millions of fans across the USA.
If reports are to be believed the top NFL journalist working for the ESPN is undergoing treatment for Stage IV throat cancer. He reports regularly for ESPNâ€™s Sunday NFL Countdown, Monday Night Countdown, SportsCenter, ESPN Radio and ESPN.com.
While making the announcement on ESPN, he said, â€œMore than a week ago, I was diagnosed with a Stage IV throat cancer,â€ Mortensen said in a statement Friday. â€œMy focus shifted significantly to gathering information about the specifics of this cancer. The initial diagnosis was confirmed Friday and there is another test remaining that will determine the best possible treatment plan that will commence in the very immediate future.
â€œConsequently, with the support and encouragement from ESPN president John Skipper and many others at ESPN, I am temporarily stepping away from my normal NFL coverage duties to better engage this opportunity to fight the good fight that is projected to affect almost 1.7 million Americans with new cases in 2016.
â€œI have many inspirational examples of men, women and children who have faced this very fight. We all know somebody, right? I also have the love and prayers of my wife Micki, my family, my friends, colleagues and, most of all, my faith that serve as sources of tremendous strength. I have a peace about this and look forward to the battle.â€