NFL Hall of Famer and former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin is asking for prayers while he undergoes medical tests for throat cancer – a prospect that the pro-football legend called terrifying.
Irvin 52, took to Instagram in an emotional post after he underwent tests at Ronald Reagan Hospital in Los Angeles.
He said he decided to see a doctor, given his family’s history with throat and other cancers.
In addition to his father, Irvin also lost a brother to stomach cancer in 2006.
The news has “visibly shaken” Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, according to The Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Jones was attending an owner’s meeting in Arizona when he was informed of the tests Irvin is undergoing.
“I appreciate you guys telling me,” Jones said, according to The Star-Telegram. “I will try to talk to him immediately. It’s the first I have heard of it. That is very concerning. Very.”
Stephen Jones, Cowboys executive vice president and COO, said he was also saddened to hear the news but is rooting for Irvin. “Bet on Michael. He will compete. That is for sure,” Jones told the newspaper.
Irvin spent 11 seasons in the NFL, all with the Cowboys as wideout. He rushed for nearly 12,000 career yards and had 65 career touchdowns. He has also been a sports analyst with the NFL Network and founded the Playmakers Academy, which focuses on young athletes.
He was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.