THIBODAUX, La. — It’s strange not to see Chris Mortensen at the Manning Passing Academy each and every summer.
However, the longtime NFL reporter could not make it for the 2016 edition as he continues to fight a battle with throat cancer.
To lend their support, the Manning Family, the counselors and campers in attendance, and all those lending a hand around the Nicholls State University campus wore “MPA for Mort” wristbands to let Mortensen know there are those rooting for him.
“Chris Mortensen is a huge part of our camp,” Archie Manning said on Friday. “He’s our friend. He comes out and rides around with me. He’s got a real battle going on. We prayed for him, and all of our campers are wearing these ‘MPA for Mort’ in Denver colors. Everyone’s got them. He’s fighting and he’s going to get through this.”
Even the campers are well-aware of Mortensen’s current fight, and that includes LSU quarterback Brandon Harris.
The rising junior has met with Mortensen before but grew up with an understanding of how important of a role that he plays in the daily operations of the NFL.
Harris spoke for his fellow counselors of the Manning Passing Academy when he wished Mortensen nothing but good fortune.
“Obviously, Chris Mortensen is a reporter. He does a great job in what he does,” said Harris. “He went to Arkansas. Obviously, it’s sad whenever you see someone like Chris Mortensen get cancer. He means so much to the league, so much to the NFL, to sports in general. You wish him all the best. He’s a first-class individual and somebody I’ve got to meet before and heard nothing but positive things about.”