American journalist Chris Mortensen has battled through the trials of IV stage of throat cancer, with lengthy hospitalization and significant weight loss. 

California native is famously known as the central figure for ESPN’s football coverage. He is the sports analyst for ESPN's various shows such as SportsCenter, ESPN Radio, and

Health Update: Chris Mortensen after weight loss due to his throat cancer (Photo:

After leaving the Atlanta, Chris joined ESPN as the sports reporter in 1991.

Chris Mortensen's Bio: Age & Career on ESPN 

Born on 7 November 1951, 66-year-old Chris Mortensen studied at the El Camino College before serving two years in the Vietnam War as an army. After his tenure, he started journaling in his hometown via The Daily Breeze Newspaper in 1969. 

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From 1983 to 1990, Chris joined the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and in between the time, he also worked at The National

He also worked as an analyst for ESPN's coverage of the NFL draft. In 2009, he got on the unique assignment of the network: he went on a bus tour that covered visits to the 21 NFL training camps in 24 days along with daily appearances on ESPN radio and TV shows. 

He also went in the same-like-trip in 2010: a cross-country voyage that took him to 32 NFL training camps in 19 days. With his job in the ESPN, it credits him an annual salary ranging from $50-$61 K which has helped him amass a net worth of $6 million.

Chris Spreads Optimistic Date For Carson Wentz's Return

Everyone's been asking questions about Carson Wentz ever since he went down because of a torn ACL/LCL back in Dec. vs the L.A. Rams.

While Nick Foles was leading the team and the Eagles winning the season opener against the Falcons, several felt the team might take their time and allow Chris more time to heal.

But Chris presented his thought on Carson's return as he suggested that there was much more optimism that prevails than pessimism and that he hadn't been ruled out for Week 2 and hadn't been cleared.

Chris shared another comment as the organizational sources he spoke to said that they wouldn't be surprised if he was ready for Week 3. He also mentioned that Carson was used as a scout team for preparation for the Falcons, getting stepped on and bumped around during practice.

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Chris also opened up on Twitter about Carson's GPS data trending towards playing sooner rather than later and the final piece of data being the question of him capable of protecting himself.

Chris' Discovery Of His Cancer

The veteran announced that he was diagnosed with a Stage IV throat cancer via the back in January 2016. In the show, he stated that he was temporarily stepping away from his coverages at ESPN to battle with his cancer. 

He also added that he had full support and prayers from his wife Micki, family and all his colleagues to look forward to the treatment. 

After leaving the ESPN, Chris started with chemotherapy at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. The therapy worked well as cancer on his throat and the base of his tongue had disappeared by August 2016.

Chris shared the good news through a statement and revealed that he would probably be back on ESPN to work on the NFL coverage. As he said, Chris returned to the ESPN in September 2016 and worked on the NFL's first-round draft coverage.

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However, soon after a month of his return to the ESPN, Chris found himself in dark clouds.

Chris Battles Health Issues

In November 2016, Chris revealed that his doctors diagnosed the reappearance of his cancer. Though not in the previous spot, he disclosed that his cancer had metastasized to his left lung. 

Huge Transformation: Chris Mortensen loses weight and suffers from burns around the neck due to radiation treatment (Photo:

He also stated that his new treatment, immunotherapy had worked as it reduced, disappeared and stabilized the cancer cells. But the sad part was that the treatment couldn't last forever. 

“There’s no definitive end to treatment for now. Its have been fairly optimistic from the start. I’ve asked how long this will go on, and they say maybe forever. I’m still clean at the original site.”

While Chris gathers all the optimism and looks forward to beating cancer, he receives regular treatment to keep the problem at bay. He battles through his weight loss, health-related issues, and gets scheduled scans and exams to have an eye on his cancer