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ESPN NFL Reporter Jeff Dickerson Dies at Age 43

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist IVDecember 28, 2021

INGLEWOOD, CA - DECEMBER 21: NFL footballs are lined up on the field before the game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Seattle Seahawks at SoFi Stadium on December 19, 2021 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea/Getty Images)
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Jeff Dickerson, who was an ESPN reporter who covered the Chicago Bears, died Tuesday at the age of 43.

According to ESPN.com's Kevin Seifert, Dickerson was diagnosed with colon cancer early in 2021 and "died at the same hospice care facility that his wife, Caitlin, died in two years ago." Caitlin Dickerson was diagnosed with melanoma and had it for eight years prior to her death.

Jeff Dickerson started covering the Bears in 2001 for ESPN Radio. He also hosted Dickerson and Hood on ESPN radio, was a TV analyst for Loyola Chicago men's basketball and was a reporter for ABC Chicago.

News of Dickerson's death led to an outpouring of reactions from his colleagues at ESPN:

JennaLaineESPN @JennaLaineESPN

Iโ€™d be lucky to be even half the reporter, teammate and friend <a href="https://twitter.com/DickersonESPN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DickersonESPN</a> was. He was so giving, so humble and yet he was a total star in this profession. He shined brightest though when he stood at his wife Caitlinโ€™s side during her own lengthy cancer battle.

Nick Wagoner @nwagoner

Put simply, Jeff Dickerson was one of the best people Iโ€™ve ever been fortunate enough to know. How lucky it was for those of us who got to call him a friend and a teammate. His loss, much like the love and light he brought to the world, is immeasurable.

John Keim @john_keim

Our Bears reporter Jeff Dickerson was one of the kindest people I've met in my time on the beat. Enjoyed being around him whenever our paths crossed. Such an upbeat person; just a good guy. Anyone who knew him is devastated by his passing.

Ben Baby @Ben_Baby

Mourning the loss of our beloved ESPN colleague, <a href="https://twitter.com/DickersonESPN?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@DickersonESPN</a>. Did a great job covering the Bears annd was an excellent man, too. Will be missed by all of us.

In addition to his professional duties and role as a father, he helped establish the Vaughn McClure Foundation. The foundation honored McClure, who was a former Atlanta Falcons and Bears reporter who died in 2020.

Dickerson was also the emcee of the foundation's inaugural charity gala in October.

"If you need something to encapsulate or describe who Jeff Dickerson was, that's it," ESPN 1000 host and former Bears wide receiver Tom Waddle said. "He was there for a colleague that he had the utmost respect for and loved like a brother. He's at Vaughn's event honoring Vaughn for a great cause, despite struggling through something himself."

Dickerson is survived by his son, Parker, and his parents, George and Sandy.