Bears writer John Mullin, 74, dies of cancer


Longtime Bears writer and Chicago-area reporter John Mullin died Sunday at age 74 after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dan Pompei of The Athletic reported Mullin’s passing on Sunday afternoon, saying via Twitter that “Moon” was surrounded by loved ones when he died.

Mullin had been diagnosed in 2019 with stage 4 cancer and had put on a valiant fight.

Mullin had been a Comcast Sports Net insider in Chicago and was a game-day contributor after reporting on the Bears for the Tribune and Daily Herald since the early 1990s.

A 1965 graduate of Niles Notre Dame and a graduate of the University of Dayton, Mullin began a career as a sportswriter covering the Arlington Heights Daily Herald team in 1992 and in 1997 moved to the Tribune. He spent more than 11 years with the Tribune and dabbled in digital media and television for NBC Sports Chicago.

Mullin has won awards from the Pro Football Writers of America, written four books and won an Emmy for his work on Fox-TV’s Bears Insider pregame show. A former tennis player, golfer, fisherman and guitarist who was part of a band, Mullin was known in the football world for his dedication to cycling.

Besides the Bears, Mullin provided coverage for Chicago baseball teams and also college sports at times in his career. While battling cancer a year ago, Mullin launched a YouTube video series called “Attitude Over Cancer” and remained positive about his situation throughout his battle.


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