Longtime Chicago sports reporter John “Moon” Mullin died Sunday at age 74.
In response to K.C. Johnson of NBC Sports Chicago, Mullin passed away after a lengthy battle with pancreatic battle. He was first diagnosed in late 2019.
Mullin extensively covered the Bears for the Chicago Tribune and NBC Sports Chicago, starting the beat near the top of Mike Ditka’s coaching tenure. He also taught journalism at local colleges.
Per Johnson, Mullin referred to his disease as a “blessing” as recently as last week “since it helped him learn recent things about himself.” Mullin posted a series of “Attitude over Cancer” YouTube videos earlier this yr.
“The goal is just to assist someone who’s combating cancer — or anything, really,” Mullin wrote. “No money involved, unless some sponsor comes along, through which case every dime goes to pancreatic cancer research to kill this little monster. My goal the last two years has been to maintain the beast at bay in a cave until we get the silver bullet to kill it. This thing may win because we don’t yet have the firepower to kill it. But it’ll not beat me.”
Johnson commended Mullin’s “spirit for all times” as a golfer, traveler, biker, musician, and loving husband. Former Bears head coach Dave Wannstedt also remembered him fondly.
“John was one of the vital skilled, hard-working, football-educated and personable sportswriters I’ve handled in 17 years as a head coach,” Wannstedt told Johnson.
Rest in peace, John.