NFL Hall of Fame writer John Clayton dies at 67

Hall of Fame reporter John Clayton presents the 2016 Male Sports Star of the Year award at the 82nd Annual Sports Star of the Year Awards by MTRWestern, February 8, 2017 , at the Paramount Theater. Clayton passed away on Friday March 18, 2022 after a short illness. He was 67 years old. (Genna Martin/ via AP, File)

(Genna Martin/ via AP, File)

SEATTLE (AP) — Longtime NFL reporter John Clayton died Friday after a short illness. He was 67 years old.

The Seattle Seahawks announced the death of Clayton’s family in a statement. Clayton has worked for the team for the past few years as a sideline reporter on radio shows.

Nicknamed “The Professor,” Clayton spent more than two decades covering the Pittsburgh Steelers for The Pittsburgh Press and the Seattle Seahawks for The News Tribune in Tacoma. Clayton moved to ESPN in 1995, becoming one of the senior NFL writers for the company. Clayton has appeared on television and radio for ESPN and worked at the company for over 20 years.

“His wife Pat and sister Amy were by his side and communicated earlier that he passed away peacefully after a brief illness,” tweeted longtime ESPN colleague Chris Mortensen. “We loved Jean. We mourn his loss. »

Clayton received what is now known as the Bill Nunn Memorial Award from the Professional Football Writers of America in 2007. The award is given annually for long and distinguished football reporting.

“The PFWA mourns the passing of John Clayton. John was the 19th president of the PFWA (1999-2000) and the recipient of the organization’s 2007 Bill Nunn Jr. Award,” the organization said in a statement. “The Professor” was a friend to so many people in our company. Our condolences to his wife Pat, his family, his colleagues and his many friends.

Clayton also hosted regular sports radio shows in Seattle for KJR-AM and KIRO-AM throughout his career.