NFL Network analyst and Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin announced on Instagram that he underwent a biopsy after months of voice issues.
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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 🙏🏾🙏🏾
As Irvin noted in his post, he lost his voice in November and then struggled to regain it for months. Irvin also has a family history of throat cancer, as his father died from the disease at 51. The Cowboys organization offered their support for Irvin:
He has received thousands of well wishes on Instagram, including many from current and former NFL players. The Jones family also offered their support late Tuesday when reporters relayed Irvin’s post.
“It’s scary, but bet on Michael,” Cowboys chief operating officer Stephen Jones said from the annual NFL meeting in Phoenix. “He’ll compete. That’s for sure.”
Plenty of other voices lent their support via Instagram comments, as well. A small selection:
Troy Aikman: “Lots of love and support for you Irv – sending prayers my man!🙏🏼”
Rich Eisen: “Nothing but love and prayers for my receiver. You sounded great today, Irv, and know this is all going to be OK.”
Jerry Rice: “I’m praying for you brother!!!!”
Hopefully Irvin gets good news on his tests and makes a full recovery.