Nearly five years ago we posted this note, celebrating the retirement of a great friend, a fabulous father, a passionate sports fan, an architect of ESPN from the very early days of our existence.
Today we are back with sad news. Rob Tobias, who fought brain cancer as courageously and as strongly as anyone could, died today, at home, surrounded by family.
Many of you who read this have never met Rob. But his contributions to this place, and more importantly to the people of this place who work hard every day to bring you the sports you love, have impacted you in some way. His DNA is embedded in ESPN after 32 years walking this campus.
Rob was exceptionally creative, very funny and warm, and he was a mentor to many. He hated to be the center of attention. He was much more comfortable shining a light on others.
Today, he is the center of attention, one last time. He was 60 years old, and his family, his ESPN family and many in the sports media industry that he touched along the way, will miss him greatly.