Michael Irvin
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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.

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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 ????‬

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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.”

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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.