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Christian Anthony Mortensen – born November 7, 1951 – was a journalist reporting news of the National Football League.

Mortensen is best-known for his work at the cable television network ESPN, frequently contributing to the network’s award-winning football shows such as NFL GameDay, Sunday NFL Countdown, and Monday Night Countdown, as well as the network’s Outside the Lines series.

He was also a frequent contributor to the network’s SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and ESPN.com packages.

On January 15, 2016, Mortensen announced via an ESPN statement that he had been diagnosed with stage IV throat cancer and would consequently be taking a leave of absence from his on-air work at the cable network.

Mortensen survived eight years past the diagnosis, and died at his son’s home in Irondale, Alabama, on March 3, 2024, at the age of 72.

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