John Clayton Passed Away With His Wife & Sister at His Side
With a heavy heart, we have to inform you of the national NFL reporter, Mr. Clayton’s death on March 19, 2022. The heartbreaking news has brought tears to family, friends, and fans and has broken many hearts. John Clayton’s cause of death is discussed below.
Before anything else, you may want to take a quick read on his personal life and career.
In 2007, he received the Dick McCann Memorial Award from the Pro Football Hall of Fame. This distinction puts him in the “writer’s wing” of the Hall of Fame.
Started by covering sports, he was just a student at the time he started working with Churchill Area High School. He covered the team in twice-weekly dispatches in St. Mary’s, Pennsylvania Daily Press, starting with the Pittsburgh Steelers’ 1972 training camp.
Mr. Clayton became a member of ESPN as a reporter in 1995. He later added to his duties a weekly radio show during the NFL offseason. John hosted the show with former NFL quarterback Sean Salisbury.
Hosting the”Sports Saturday” show on Saturday mornings, he remained a frequent contributor to KJR (AM). He was a regular caller to sports-talk radio stations around the country. Because of the transition to all-sports of KIRO (AM) Seattle, Clayton moved his show to the new ESPN station.
May he rest easy in grace and love, and his legacy lives on forever.
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Brief Illness Leads to John Clayton’s Cause of Death
John Clayton’s cause of death was due to a brief illness, passed away on Friday, at age 67. His longtime ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen stated: “His wife Pat and sister Amy were at his side and communicated earlier he passed peacefully after a brief illness.”
It’s added: “We loved John. We are mourning his loss. Pat has asked the Seahawks to release further information.”
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Sean Salisbury wrote: “I am heartbroken. John was family to me. The very best TV partner. I’ve often said John would be the guy who would stop everything he was doing, to make sure anyone would have everything they needed. A loyal life friend to me. A phenomenal man. Our friendship was special.”
Chris Mortensen announced: “John Clayton passed away today at a Seattle area hospital. His wife Pat and sister Amy were at his side and communicated earlier he passed peacefully after a brief illness. We loved John. We are mourning his loss. Pat has asked the @Seahawks to release further information.”
A fan shared: “John Clayton was the Adam Schefter back when ESPN was really good. He didn’t have the East Coast talking heads mentality that it is now. From Seattle, he gave excellent breaking NFL news without the smugness that now is a major part of the network. Only Mel Kiper Jr. left.”
Another commented: “John a great journalist, worked hard at his craft as an NFL expert. He loved his job and his family. I remember when the Tacoma News Tribune TNT had one of the best sports sections in the country with great writers including John Clayton. He will be missed. #RIPJohnClayton.”
Another replied: “People who grew up watching SportsCenter in the 90s rightfully rave about the legendary anchors. But the terrific reporters also shaped our viewing experience. Schaap, Aldridge, SalPal, Bernstein, Kurkjian…& John Clayton. He was the face of NFL reporting for people my age. RIP.”
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