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John Clayton, beloved NFL insider at ESPN, dies at 67

John Clayton, the ESPN NFL insider who became a fan favorite in an eccentric commercial, died Friday. He was 67.

“John Clayton passed away today at a Seattle area hospital,” ESPN’s Chris Mortensen tweeted. “His wife Pat and sister Amy were at his side and communicated earlier he passed peacefully after a brief illness. We loved John. We are mourning his loss.”

Multiple ESPN personalities spoke Friday night about his death.

“John Clayton, a first-class NFL insider and our beloved longtime ESPN colleague, died today,” veteran investigative reporter Don Van Natta Jr. wrote. “He also starred in the greatest This Is SportsCenter commercial of all time. RIP John.”

John Clayton attends an NFL game.

John Clayton attends an NFL game.

John Clayton attends an NFL game. (Christian Petersen/)

Known as “The Professor,” Clayton was a longtime NFL reporter for ESPN, delivering scoops from across the league to viewers nationwide.

The reserved Clayton, always seen in

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Longtime ESPN NFL reporter John Clayton dies at 67

San Francisco 49ers running back Frank Gore is interviewed by John Clayton of ESPN after 24-14 victory over the Seattle Seahawks in NFL Network Thursday Night Football game at Qwest Field in Seattle, Wash. on December 14, 2006. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images)

John Clayton was an ESPN mainstay. (Photo by Kirby Lee/Getty Images)

John Clayton, a fixture on ESPN’s “SportsCenter” for years, has died, a collection of his colleagues confirmed on Friday. He was 67.

Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s, it was hard to turn on SportsCenter or any of ESPN’s NFL shows without seeing Clayton and his familiar background pop up to discuss the biggest football story of the day. He started at the network in 1995 after a long career as a newspaper writer covering the Pittsburgh Steelers and Seattle Seahawks, and stayed there until he was let go in 2017.

Clayton was also a regular presence on radio in Seattle and around the country, hosting The John Clayton Show on Seattle Sports 710 AM until his death.

It didn’t take long for Clayton to establish his bona fides in the industry. While covering the Steelers as a

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Swimmer Lia Thomas becomes NCAA’s first transgender D-I champion in any sport [Video]

Penn swimmer Lia Thomas won the women’s 500-yard freestyle championship on Thursday to become the first transgender NCAA champion in Division I history.

She finished the race in 4:33.24, beating Virginia’s Emma Weyant by 1.75 seconds. The time fell short of Katie Ledecky’s NCAA-record time of 4:24.06.

Thomas used to compete on the Penn men’s team before transitioning and competing as a woman for the first time this season. Her eligibility has come under scrutiny with critics arguing that she has an unfair advantage in the pool after she went through male puberty. She met NCAA standards to compete as a woman after undergoing testosterone suppression therapy for more than two years.

Since joining the women’s team, Thomas has broken two school records and posted the fastest times in the country in the 200 and 500-yard freestyle events. Now she’s an NCAA champion.

Thomas addressed the scrutiny on

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Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker to join forces at Sportscenter

Mar. 18—Country musicians Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker will make a stop at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow at Owensboro Sportscenter as part of their joint tour.

Lawrence and Walker will be joined by special guest Randall King.

Since debuting in 1991 with his album “Sticks and Stones,” Lawrence has continued to dominate the charts and hearts of fans and listeners, landing 40 singles on the Billboard Country charts with hits like “Can’t Break It to My Heart” and “Find Out Who Your Friends Are,” while releasing a slew of top five country albums including the two-time platinum record “Alibis,” along with “I See It Now,” The Coast Is Clear” and “Strong.”

His latest record “Hindsight 2020, Volume 3: Angelina” was released in January.

Walker’s 1993 debut of the song “What’s It to You” and follow-up “Live Until I Die” both reached number-one on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts. His self-titled

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