John Clayton a very famous reporter of the National Football League has passed away. John was 67 years old and was suffering from a brief illness. Reportedly John succumbed to the same illness. Clayton’s popularity in the NFL is unmatched as he has a huge chain of contacts. He gained the same by being in NFL for a long period and covering the news in depth.
He was also considered to be one of the most eminent reporters of all. Apart from this, he was also a radio host. He worked for around 20 years with ESPN. In a five-decade career that includes almost 20 years with ESPN, Clayton, dubbed “The Professor,” was one of the country’s greatest NFL insiders. Clayton’s quest for knowledge and information was so intense that “everyone paying attention came away a bit more educated,” as ESPN’s Chris Mortensen put it.
The news of Clayton’s sudden death was confirmed by his family on Friday. According to the family members, he passed away in his home itself in Washington. The unfortunate death has circumscribed many notable people who paid their last condolences to John. “Long before he became an ESPN legend, John Clayton may have been the best news-breaking team beat reporter of his generation.
It was described as a type who could sit on a story for months before breaking it before anyone else knew what was going on,” according to Mike Sando of The Athletic, Clayton’s longtime friend. “He was that talented. On a personal level, when I took over as the Seahawks beat reporter at the Tacoma News Tribune many years ago, John was tremendously gracious to me. I owe John a great deal and shall miss him greatly.”
“We will all miss your words and brilliance @JohnClaytonNFL #RIPJohnClayton,” Wilson tweeted Friday night, as former colleagues and friends of Clayton paid tribute to him on social media. “The Seahawks are devastated to learn of John Clayton’s loss,” the team said in a statement. Clayton was dubbed “a Pittsburgh media icon” by the Steelers.
“The overriding theme of tremendous respect and a sense of sad sorrow and shock that I’ve heard from the number of NFL executives and coaches that I’ve spoken with,” Mortensen added. John was not just a pioneer as an NFL insider, but he was also one of the nicest individuals you’ll ever meet,” said Seth Markman, vice president, and executive producer at ESPN.
The amount of condolences and well wishes for his family clearly depicts the massive connection he made. From heads of the NFL to even the employees and friends, everyone deeply mourns the death of John Clayton. Apart from these administrative skills, John received other awards too. For instance, Clayton was awarded the Bill Nunn Memorial Award, the profession’s highest accolade, in 2007. The Pro Football Writers of America bestowed the award every year.