During an emotional return to ESPN amid a cancer battle, Dick Vitale can’t hold back his tears.
Dick Vitale is back on the bench, and his return was filled with emotion.
The legendary college basketball announcer made an appearance at Gonzaga vs.
He won’t play in the UCLA game on Tuesday night because he’s battling lymphoma, which he was diagnosed with in October.
He couldn’t hold back tears as he called the game on ESPN with play-by-play announcer Dave O’Brien.
According to USA Today, Vitale said on the ESPN broadcast, “I didn’t want to cry.”
“It’s hard for me to believe I’m sitting here.”
For me, this is a huge thrill.
I’d like to express my gratitude to everyone who has sent me so many wonderful messages.
I’d like to express my gratitude to my family as well as all of my supporters.
You’ve been nothing short of extraordinary.”
@DickieV, we’re so glad you’re back!
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According to USA Today, Vitale’s doctors have given him permission to call games in between chemotherapy sessions for the entire 2021-22 season.
“I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else,” Vitale said, adding that he will have a body scan in November.
29 that will reveal his entire chemotherapy treatment plan.
When Vital was diagnosed with lymphoma last month, he said he has a 90% cure rate and will keep working for ESPN. “With all that said, I consider myself very lucky,” the 82-year-old broadcaster said.
“I’ve witnessed firsthand the devastating effects that cancer can have on families, children, and all of our loved ones.”
It has the potential to bring you to your knees.
It’s exhausting on both a physical and emotional level.
It takes away a lot of things from you, including your life in the case of some of the most unfortunate patients.
That is something I never lose sight of, and it is one of the reasons I consider myself fortunate.”
Vitale announced in September that he had been diagnosed with melanoma earlier this year.
“I had my first surgery on June 28 to have the growth removed from above my nose,” he explained.
We were fortunate to catch it early, and I was relieved to learn that it had not spread.
The bottom line is that they removed all cancer cells, and I was relieved to be cancer-free.” Since joining ESPN during the 1979-80 season, Vitale has been the network’s face of college basketball.
Vitale was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Hall Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 as a result of his success as a college basketball player.