Pete Axthelm

Pete Axthelm, 47, a football commentator for ESPN and sports reporter for magazines, died Feb. 2 in Pittsburgh of liver failure. He was awaiting a liver transplant.

Axthelm, who joined ESPN in 1987, provided commentary and predictions on National Football League games on “NFL Game Day” and “NFL Primetime.” He also covered horse racing. He was part of NBC’s NFL coverage team from 1980 until 1985.

Axthelm, a 1965 graduate of Yale. U., worked at Sports Illustrated, at Newsweek from 1968 to 1988 and later at People.

Survived by his wife, Andrea, and daughter, Megan.

More Scene

  • 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle' film

    Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart's 'Jumanji' Maintains 'Soul' of Robin Williams Original

    Pete Axthelm, 47, a football commentator for ESPN and sports reporter for magazines, died Feb. 2 in Pittsburgh of liver failure. He was awaiting a liver transplant. Axthelm, who joined ESPN in 1987, provided commentary and predictions on National Football League games on “NFL Game Day” and “NFL Primetime.” He also covered horse racing. He […]

  • John Cena Ferdinand

    'Ferdinand' Director on Why John Cena Was Perfect for Title Role

    Pete Axthelm, 47, a football commentator for ESPN and sports reporter for magazines, died Feb. 2 in Pittsburgh of liver failure. He was awaiting a liver transplant. Axthelm, who joined ESPN in 1987, provided commentary and predictions on National Football League games on “NFL Game Day” and “NFL Primetime.” He also covered horse racing. He […]

  • Asian-American Unforgettable Awards 2017

    'Westworld's' Leonardo Nam Says Seeing Asian Actors in ‘Star Wars’ ‘Feels Normal’

    Pete Axthelm, 47, a football commentator for ESPN and sports reporter for magazines, died Feb. 2 in Pittsburgh of liver failure. He was awaiting a liver transplant. Axthelm, who joined ESPN in 1987, provided commentary and predictions on National Football League games on “NFL Game Day” and “NFL Primetime.” He also covered horse racing. He […]

  • Mark Hamill'Star Wars: The Last Jedi'

    'Star Wars: The Last Jedi' Honors Late Carrie Fisher at Elaborate Premiere

    Pete Axthelm, 47, a football commentator for ESPN and sports reporter for magazines, died Feb. 2 in Pittsburgh of liver failure. He was awaiting a liver transplant. Axthelm, who joined ESPN in 1987, provided commentary and predictions on National Football League games on “NFL Game Day” and “NFL Primetime.” He also covered horse racing. He […]

  • Ajit Pai Free Speech

    FCC Chair Plays for Laughs at D.C. Event Amid Fierce Net Neutrality Debate

    Pete Axthelm, 47, a football commentator for ESPN and sports reporter for magazines, died Feb. 2 in Pittsburgh of liver failure. He was awaiting a liver transplant. Axthelm, who joined ESPN in 1987, provided commentary and predictions on National Football League games on “NFL Game Day” and “NFL Primetime.” He also covered horse racing. He […]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content