Late last week, ESPN’s Chris Mortensen announced that he would be taking a leave from his position as an NFL analyst to treat Stage IV throat cancer.
And after the Arizona Cardinals thrilling overtime win against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald offered some touching words to the on-air personality.
“Mort, I want to tell you, man,” Fitzgerald said. “We’re thinking about you, and fight, baby. Love you, Mort.”
On Twitter, Mortensen thanked everyone, especially Fitzgerald, for the well wishes.
Thank you everybody and thank you @LarryFitzgerald I am humbled. 1 Timothy 2:1
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) January 17, 2016
In a statement, Mortensen said he has peace about this and is looking forward to the battle.
Here’s his full statement:
“More than a week ago, I was diagnosed with a Stage IV throat cancerMy 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.
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.”
Mortensen has been with ESPN since 1991.