A day after ESPN announced senior NFL reporter Chris Mortensen is taking a leave of absence to undergo treatment for throat cancer, Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald offered a message of support for the 64-year-old following his team's 26-20 win over the Green Bay Packers on Saturday night.
NFL on ESPN shared a Vine of Fitzgerald—fresh off a 176-yard effort that included a game-winning touchdown in overtime—wishing Mortensen the best:
It didn't take long for Mortensen to respond and express his gratitude for the kind words Fitzgerald and others have offered:
Chris Mortensen @mortreport
Thank you everybody and thank you @LarryFitzgerald I am humbled. 1 Timothy 2:12016-1-17 05:21:44
Since news of Mortensen's diagnosis broke, there's been an outpouring of support for one of the faces of ESPN's NFL coverage.
ESPN colleague Adam Schefter chimed in with a heartfelt message:
Adam Schefter @AdamSchefter
Never have had a co-worker I trusted, respected, loved and now prayed for more than @mortreport. https://t.co/k9beOJLZbJ2016-1-15 20:28:36
"Our thoughts are with Chris and his family as he faces this challenge," ESPN President John Skipper said. "He is an extremely respected colleague, who has the complete support of his entire ESPN family. We wish him strength and hope in the battle ahead and look forward to his return whenever he chooses."
Mortensen will have supporters from all over the sports world in his corner over the coming weeks as he undergoes treatment.