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ESPN's Chris Mortensen Reveals He Has Stage IV Throat Cancer — And Is Leaving The Network For Treatment

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This is so scary.

Chris Mortensen, the longtime and very well-known NFL reporter for ESPN, revealed on Friday that he has stage four throat cancer, and he will be immediately stepping down from his assignments at the television network.

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The sports expert released a statement on Friday revealing the sickness, and was very candid about what he was facing and what his future looked like:

"More than a week ago, I was diagnosed with a Stage IV throat cancer. My 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. Consequently, 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."

The 64-year-old — who has been at ESPN for almost 25 years — continued:

"I 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."

So sad!

ESPN's president John Skipper added a statement:

"Our thoughts are with Chris and his family as he faces this challenge. He is an extremely respected colleague, who has the complete support of his entire ESPN family. We wish him strength and hope in the battle ahead and look forward to his return whenever he chooses."

Our thoughts are with Mortensen and his family, during this very difficult and uncertain time.

[Image via ESPN.]

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