John Saunders, one of ESPN’s darling hosts for almost 30 years, has kicked the bucket, ESPN reported on Wednesday, August 10. He was 61.
The sports journalist, who joined the ESPN group in December 1986, was best known for his scope of school football, ball and the NHL. He was likewise an anchorperson in the Sunday night version of SportsCenter amid the NFL season and already facilitated The Sports Reporters.
“John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades,” ESPN president John Skipper said in a statement on Wednesday morning. “His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen. More importantly, John was a beloved and devoted family man who cared deeply about people and causes, as evidenced by his long-standing efforts as a passionate board member for The V Foundation for Cancer Research.”
John Skipper continued, “He was one of the most significant and influential members of the ESPN family, as a colleague and mentor, and he will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his loved ones at this extremely difficult time.”
Preceding Saunders’ telecasting profession, he was a top pick defenseman in the lesser hockey associations in Montreal, Canada. He later played at Western Michigan University.