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NFL Legend Announces He Is Cancer-Free: 'Thank You God'

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No matter the potential diagnosis, the interval between getting medical tests done and receiving the results can be among the scariest times of someone’s life.

Retired Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin endured such a medical scare after losing his voice in November following a game between the Cowboys and the Saints.

Last week, Irvin announced he’d gone to the hospital to be tested for throat cancer.

Irvin’s father died of the disease at the age of 51, and the Hall of Fame receiver thought he might be next.

But the news is in … and Irvin is thankfully cancer-free.

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He took to Instagram to thank God for his continued well being.

“Thank you God for continuing to answer Prayers and Thank you ALL for Praying. I spoke with Dr St John at UCLA Medical and she has informed me that all test have come back 100!% clean. NO CANCER!!!!!!” Irvin wrote.

“It is impossible to express my family and my appreciation for the overwhelming out pour of love, support and prayers. I was on my threshing floor dealing with the stronghold of fear. You all covered and encourage me.”

“To God be the Glory,” he concluded.

Irvin is not the only former NFL athlete in recent months to celebrate good health news. Hall of Fame Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly is cancer-free as well, his wife Jill announced in January.

Kelly’s inspiring battle against cancer was the talk of the NFL throughout 2018 and into 2019, and his successful treatment to remove the cancer has been one of the feel-good stories of the year.

During his own Hall of Fame career, meanwhile, Irvin showed why he’s one of the greatest wide receivers of all time.

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Over 12 seasons, Irvin racked up 750 catches for 11,904 yards and 65 touchdowns. He led the league in receiving yards in 1991.

Irvin was also a monster in the playoffs. Over 16 postseason games, he caught 87 passes for 1,315 yards and eight touchdowns.

It’s still unclear why exactly Irvin lost his voice. It may be something his doctors will still have to pin down and treat.

But whatever it is, it isn’t cancer. And that’s certainly good news.

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Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Boston born and raised, Fox has been writing about sports since 2011. He covered ESPN Friday Night Fights shows for The Boxing Tribune before shifting focus and launching Pace and Space, the home of "Smart NBA Talk for Smart NBA Fans", in 2015. He can often be found advocating for various NBA teams to pack up and move to his adopted hometown of Seattle.
Birthplace
Boston, Massachusetts
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Bachelor of Science in Accounting from University of Nevada-Reno
Location
Seattle, Washington
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English
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