John Saunders: Gone Too Soon

by Jari Sague | Posted on Thursday, August 11th, 2016

John Saunders, one of the most recognized sports personalities there is, passed away yesterday morning, creating a dark spot in what otherwise has been an incredible week in sports with the Rio 2016 Olympics.

Saunders was on ESPN for almost 30 years, covering everything from college football, basketball, anchoring SportsCenter, and was also the host of The Sports Reporters.

Saunders was the host of The Sports Reporters for a number of years

Saunders was the host of The Sports Reporters for a number of years

Chris Berman had a great summary of what Saunders meant to him (gathered from ESPN):

“John Saunders was our friend, and he was your friend. You were immediately comfortable with John in 30 seconds,” Berman said. “I was fortunate enough to be comfortable with him for 30 years. We knew him for his understated demeanor and understated smile, but we also knew him for his firm commitment to getting things right and treating people right. John was old school, even Old World. Maybe because he was Canadian. Maybe because he was John.

“Professionally he was always willing to be out of the limelight, but make no mistake, with John Saunders, you knew you were in special company. His mark on ESPN is indelible. His mark on all of us even more so.”

To me, Saunders was one of the greats, and just like many of the greats in all of our lives, he was just taken too soon. Rest easy John.


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