ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen, 72, dies after collecting multiple awards,  

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.  

"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. Colleagues and fans will miss him, and our prayers are with his family."  

Longtime Mortensen "Sunday NFL Countdown" co-host Adam Schefter tweeted: "An extremely devastating day. Mort was an amazing man and sports reporter.   

Our sympathies to his family and loved ones.  

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