Sports World Mourns the Passing of ESPN’s John Saunders



The sports world is mourning the loss of longtime ESPN broadcaster John Saunders, who passed away Wednesday at the age of 61.

Fans, colleagues, and friends took to Twitter to praise Saunders, perhaps best known for his studio work with college football, and as the host of the Sports Reporters — a role in which he’s served since 2001.

We’d like to add our condolences to those above. Saunders always came across on television as a consummate professional and a truly nice guy.

Via press release, ESPN president John Skipper said: “John was an extraordinary talent and his friendly, informative style has been a warm welcome to sports fans for decades. His wide range of accomplishments across numerous sports and championship events is among the most impressive this industry has ever seen.”

Saunders is survived by his wife, Wanda, and two daughters, Aleah and Jenna. The cause of death has not yet been released.

[image via ESPN Images]

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