TV reporter Craig Sager, who held a very public years long battle with leukemia, has died. He was 65.

Sager got his first taste on the sidelines as a mascot at Northwestern. A walk-on on the football and basketball teams, injury turned him to cheerleading.

He got his start in television as a weatherman in Tampa, Fla. Within a few years, the charismatic Sager would become an Atlanta fixture, first appearing on Hawks telecasts for TBS Superstation and later as a reporter during NBA broadcasts on the TNT network.

He would become known as much for his in-game interviews during TNT broadcasts as he was for his colorful, and often garish outfits.

His reporting resume included horse racing, college football games, the NFL, soccer's World Cup and the Masters Tournament at Augusta National. Sager covered various Olympics Games for Turner and NBC. He filed on-field reports from baseball's World Series, the NCAA Tournament and, in 2016, reported from the his first NBA Finals on ESPN.

His unique wardrobe made him highly likable and the subject of criticism.

Former NBA commissioner David Stern once quipped, "I put in a dress code for the players, but I should have put one in for the broadcasters, too."

A walk through Sager's color-coordinated closet at his home in Canton revealed a wide array of brightly outlandish outfits that were impeccably matched from tie to shoe.

He was the victim of jokes and deadpans from the players and coaches he covered. Kevin Garnett once compared his to a Christmas ornament and Charles Barkley referred to him as a pimp.