LOS ANGELES – South Florida native and Miami Hurricanes great Michael Irvin said Sunday that doctors have given him a clean bill of health after tests for throat cancer.
In an emotional post to Instagram, Irvin, 53, said he spent two days in a Los Angeles hospital after having throat issues for the past few months. He says he lost his voice after the Cowboys beat the Saints last season, and the problem persisted.
"I AM TERRIFIED!!" the NFL Hall of Fame wide receiver wrote on the post on Tuesday.
Because his father died of throat of cancer at the age of 51, Irvin and his doctors decided it would be best for him to undergo a throat biopsy.
"I am asking all who will. Could you please send up a prayer to help my family and I deal with whatever the results may be? Thanks for your thoughts and prayers in advance." wrote Irvin.
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Spent Sun & Mon in LA at UCLA medical Health (Ronald Reagan Hospital) doing health test. I would not usually do this but this I need to share. Growing up in the ghetto of Ft Lauderdale the one thing you have to conquer to get out is FEAR. I did! As a football player the no fear gift served me well as a blessing and an asset on the field but sometimes off the field it’s been a curse and a liability. This past football season after the @dallascowboys beat the @Saints i was so elated and hyped I lost my voice and the problem persisted for almost 2months. After visiting some of the best throat Doctors they thought it to be wise to take a deeper look at the situation. So we schedule and performed a throat biopsy. To give background I share with you that I loss my father at the young age of 51. He had throat cancer. This daemon has chased and vexed me deep in my spirit all my life. So saying I am afraid this time is a big big understatement. I AM TERRIFIED!! My Faith tells me whenever you face great fear you go to your greatness power. Mine is God. I am asking all who will. Could you please send up a prayer to help my family and I deal with whatever the results may be? Thanks for your thoughts and prayers in advance🙏🏾🙏🏾I will continue to pray for your fams protection and prosperity as well. May God Bless us all 🙏🏾🙏🏾
Born in Fort Lauderdale, Irvin went on to star as an All-American for the Miami Hurricanes from 1985-87, before being drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in 1988.
Irvin won three Super Bowls with the Cowboys before being inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2007.