Longtime ESPN NFL Insider John Clayton dies at 67 years old

So many sports fans around the world grew up watching ESPN. For so many of us – including myself – it was their first introduction to the sports world at large.

That meant so many of us got to see John Clayton at work. For NFL fans, he was an absolute staple when it came to the coverage of the league.

Looking for free agency or trade news? Better catch that John Clayton segment. He was always going to give you the skinny on the latest from around the league. In my household and so many others, John Clayton was a legend.

We lost that legend on Friday.

Clayton died from what was described as a “brief illness” by his colleague, Chris Mortensen.

ESPN shared the news, too.

Then the tributes started pouring in from friends, colleagues and fans from around the sports world.

Chris Mortensen had a tribute video dedicated to his friend, Clayton.

Don Van Natta reminded everyone that Clayton was in the greatest Sportscenter commercial of all time.

So many others followed up with more love for the legend.

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