Vaughn McClure, a part of ESPN’s NFL policy team since 2013, died this week in his house near Atlanta.
McClure combined ESPN to pay the NFL, and he settled on the Atlanta Falcons conquer as part of NFL Nation. He covered the group throughout its run to Super Bowl LI in 2017. He led to ESPN’s radio and television coverage of the Falcons and the NFL, Too.
“We loved Vaughn,” explained John Pluym, senior deputy editor for electronic NFL policy at ESPN. He was so useful to our colleagues. In the past couple of hours, we have heard numerous stories about the way Vaughn had assisted them with a narrative or the way he placed in a fantastic word for them with a coach or participant.”
Pluym added: “Talking to Vaughn on the telephone was always a pleasure. I loved the way you can only feel the excitement in his voice to having the ability to pay for the Falcons to get ESPN. And I will finish this the manner Vaughn ended every phone call with a colleague:’Love you. Enjoy you.’ All of us loved him too.”
Tributes to McClure immediately disperse on societal media following news of his passing, together with Hall of Famer Brian Urlacher one of those sending condolences. “Now I was quite saddened to hear about the departure of my beloved buddy Vaughn McClure,” he wrote. “We became quick friends when he had been covering the Bears. He had a huge heart and was among the nicest guys you’ll ever meet. You’ll be missed”
Text[erectile dysfunction ] last week to get desktop on several QB stuff. He was a thorough journalist. Consistently a positive vibe each time we joined. Finished every text ‘love ya, bro.’ Hurry well, Vaughn.
The Falcons, in a statement, said: “We’re saddened to learn of the departure of ESPN’s Vaughn McClure. He had been an earnest, thoughtful reporter that had a passion for his craft along with the connections he held. He’ll be missed and we’re holding his loved ones, friends, and partners in our thoughts and prayers.”
“People will likely recall how Vaughn managed to connect and create trusting relationships with lots of the athletes he coated, or how meticulous he had been about deadlines or even the countless times he volunteered to help a colleague out on a different game,” explained Patricia Mays, senior director of content strategy and supply at ESPN and that attracted McClure into the corporation. “However, what I admired most was how dedicated he was to constantly improve. Among the last mails, I received was requesting comments. He wrote:’Would like to speak to you following the year about how I could get better in a lot of things. I would like to be good at this job'”
One of his other duties while in the Tribune was covering the Bulls from the postseason. Formerly, he covered Notre Dame soccer for the Chicago Sun-Times and Fresno State Football to The Fresno Bee. He also worked in the South Bend Tribune and DeKalb Daily Chronicle.