Not the news you want to hear when it comes to legendary college basketball announcer Dick Vitale.
Dick Vitale, a revered college basketball commentator for ESPN, announced on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with vocal cord cancer. To treat it, he will need to undergo a six-week course of radiation.
“I plan to fight like hell to be ready to call games when the college hoops season tips off in the Fall,” Vitale wrote in a statement he shared on Twitter.
This is an update on my meeting today with Dr ZEITELS. Though I was disappointed with the pathology report, I plan on winning this battle like I did vs Melanoma & Lymphoma ! pic.twitter.com/pu61XJSm43
— Dick Vitale (@DickieV) July 12, 2023
An inductee of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the 84-year-old Vitale acknowledged in June that his “past issues on my vocal cords have returned” and that he would need “total voice rest for 6-8 weeks” following a procedure scheduled for July 11.
Vitale's tenure with ESPN dates back to the very inception of the network — he has been a part of the ESPN family since its debut in 1979. Famously known as "Dickie V." among basketball enthusiasts, he had the honor of announcing ESPN's inaugural college basketball broadcast.
Vitale was previously diagnosed with lymphoma in 2021, a diagnosis that came just a few months after undergoing several surgeries to remove melanoma. Throughout his health battles, Dickie V. has openly shared his journey on social media — posting images from his hospital stays and medical appointments, and even sharing motivational advice that he pre-recorded before going into vocal rest. Last year, he shared the uplifting news that he was free of cancer.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Dickie V and hopefully he's back to calling games that are "awesome, baby" featuring plenty of "diaper dandies."
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