Award-winning ESPN NFL reporter Chris Mortensen dies at 72

Chris Mortensen, an award-winning journalist who reported on the NFL for ESPN for more than three decade

He died Sunday morning at the age of 72, his family announced.

Mortenson joined ESPN in 1991 and was a regular contributor to the network's NFL show and "Sportscenter."

He was a regular news breaker for ESPN, including the 2016 news that quarterback Peyton Manning was retiring from the NFL.

In 2016, he received the Pro Football Writers of America's Dick McCann Award

And he was honored during the Pro Football Hall of Fame induction ceremony in August of that year.

"Mort was widely respected as an industry leader," ESPN president Jimmy Pitaro said in a statement