Well-respected NFL reporter John Clayton handed away Friday at 67 years previous after battling a short sickness. The complete NFL is mourning the tragic lack of Clayton, lovingly nicknamed “The Professor.” Clayton turned one of many first NFL insiders for ESPN in 1995 and rapidly turned an iconic media member all through the league.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell launched a assertion on Clayton’s passing Saturday morning.
— NFL345 (@NFL345) March 19, 2022
Goodell mentioned that the beloved NFL insider earned his “tremendous respect and admiration as a journalist but more importantly as a wonderful person.”
ESPN additionally honored its longtime worker with a tribute tweet late Friday evening.
John Clayton, one in every of our NFL insiders who expertly coated the league for greater than 20 years at ESPN, died Friday at 67 after a short sickness.
We all realized one thing from “The Professor” through the years and we’ll miss him dearly. pic.twitter.com/bfiPCPUYZo
— ESPN (@espn) March 19, 2022
Before his iconic profession with the main media outlet, Clayton coated the NFL’s Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks. He was a beat reporter for The Pittsburgh Press and Tacoma News Tribune. Both groups launched statements honoring Clayton.
The Seahawks franchise expressed its “heartbroken” response to his passing and despatched its deepest condolences to his spouse Pat and their household.
Rest In Peace, The Professor. pic.twitter.com/xFGdTYstnT
— Seattle Seahawks (@Seahawks) March 19, 2022
The Steelers additionally expressed condolences to Pat. The launch named Clayton “one of the most respected NFL national reporters,” a preferred opinion inside the media.
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) March 19, 2022
Clayton most just lately hosted his personal sports activities radio discuss present on Seattle Sports 710 AM. The station tweeted the information of his passing and expressed condolences to his family and friends.
It is with a heavy coronary heart that we share the information of @JohnClaytonNFL’s passing. His legendary, Hall of Fame profession will endlessly have an enduring legacy on soccer followers the world over.
Our condolences to his spouse Pat, and to his family and friends. We will miss you, John. pic.twitter.com/Ik8QYukA8d
— Seattle Sports (@SEASports710) March 19, 2022
In his honor, the radio station held a tribute present from 8-11 a.m. on Saturday, Clayton’s weekly airtime. Weekday host Bob Stelton hosted the present with a number of friends together with Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll.