Tim Russert died today, a huge loss to NBC News in addition to his family and friends.
That news understandably will overshadow the death of another long-time NBC figure, sportscaster Charlie Jones, a stalwart of its AFL and NFL coverage for many years.
Jones wasn't a star of the magnitude of Jim McKay, who died last weekend, but he was a solid pro whom many of us grew up with.
Here is a statement from NBC Sports chairman Dick Ebersol:
"All of us at NBC are saddened at the passing of one of the great pioneers of NBC Sports. His work in particular on the NFL, golf and the Olympics left a lasting legacy."