By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Sportswriter and broadcaster John Clayton passed away on Friday. He was 67.
An official cause of death has not been announced. The Seattle Seahawks said in a statement that Clayton battled an illness before his passing.
“Nicknamed The Professor, John spent 23 years covering the Steelers, Seahawks, and the NFL as a beat reporter for the Pittsburgh Press and [the] Tacoma News Tribune, and in 1995, he was hired by ESPN as an NFL insider,” the Seahawks said in a statement. “Most recently, Clayton was the host of The John Clayton Weekend show on Seattle Sports 710 and spent five seasons as a sideline reporter for the Seattle Seahawks Radio Network. In 2007, John was the prestigious Dick McCann Award, bestowed annually by the Professional Football Writers of America (PFWA) “for long and distinguished reporting on professional football.
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“We send our deepest condolences to Pat and the Clayton family.”
According to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen, Clayton passed away today at a Seattle area hospital. He is reporting that his wife Pat and sister Amy were with him at the time of his passing.
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“We loved John,” Mortensen said. “We are mourning his loss. Pat has asked the Seahawks to release further information.”
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