Longtime ESPN NFL reporter John Clayton dies at 67

John Clayton, one of the NFL’s most prominent national reporters who worked at ESPN for more than 20 years, died Friday. He was 67 years old.

“His wife Pat and sister Amy were by his side and communicated earlier that he passed away peacefully after a brief illness,” longtime ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen said. tweeted. “We loved Jean. We mourn his loss. Pat asked the Seahawks to release more information.

Clayton began his career at Pittsburgh Press covering the Steelers, before moving to Seattle to cover the Seahawks for the Tacoma Newsstand in the mid-1980s. He reached ESPN in 1995 and covered football in print, TV and radio until 2017.

Some of Clayton’s most memorable segments on ESPN television were his regular debates with former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury. They had entertaining chemistry in the nerd vs jock genre.

John Clayton

Clayton also appeared in what is arguably the biggest “This is SportsCenter” commercial of all time, going from standard football reporter to long-haired metalhead in an instant as his consummate professionalism was praised.

Clayton continued to cover the Seahawks for ESPN Radio’s Seattle affiliate after leaving the Mothership. He was posting stories just last week.

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