Emmitt Smith couldn’t resist celebrating some special news with friend and former Cowboys teammate Michael Irvin.
Smith posted to Twitter his relief and excitement that Irvin has been declared cancer-free.
— Emmitt Smith (@EmmittSmith22) March 31, 2019
Irvin, 53, shared the news Sunday with a heartfelt Instagram post. He wrote: “It is impossible to express my family and my appreciation for the overwhelming out pour of love, support and prayers. I was on my threshing floor dealing with the stronghold of fear. You all covered and encourage me.”
Thank you God for continuing to answer Prayers and Thank you ALL for Praying. I spoke with Dr St John at UCLA Medical and she has informed me that all test have come back 100!% clean. NO CANCER!!!!!! It is impossible to express my family and my appreciation for the overwhelming out pour of love, support and prayers. I was on my threshing floor dealing with the stronghold of fear. You all covered and encourage me. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 To God be the Glory🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾
Irvin also wrote an emotional post earlier this week that he was being tested for throat cancer, which was the disease that killed his father.
He posted that he was “terrified” the disease would take him, since cancer runs in his family. Irvin’s brother, Vaughn, also died from stomach cancer in 2006.
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 🙏🏾🙏🏾
“To give background, I share with you that I [lost] 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,” Irvin wrote. “So saying I am afraid this time is a big, big understatement. I AM TERRIFIED!!”
Irvin explained that he was so excited in the fall when the Cowboys defeated the Saints that he lost his voice from screaming. He said the problem persisted for two months, leading him to fear the worst and for him to go in and get a biopsy.
Smith offered his support in the comments, saying: “We have and we will continue to [pray] for you and your family, brother.”