Michael Irvin Asking Cowboys Nation For Support


FRISCO, Texas -- Michael Irvin, Cowboys legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer, announced via Instagram that he's undergone biopsy tests on his throat after dealing with voice problems in recent months.

In his post, Irvin said he lost his voice after celebrating the Cowboys' emotional home win over the Saints last November "and the problem persisted for almost 2 months."

"After visiting some of the best throat Doctors they thought it to be wise to take a deeper look at the situation," he said.

Irvin said he lost his father to throat cancer at the age of 51 and wants to be proactive in determining the cause of his recent issues.

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."

The Hall of Fame receiver was inducted into the Cowboys' Ring of Honor in 2005 with his "Triplets" teammates Troy Aikman and Emmitt Smith. The trio led Dallas to three Super Bowl titles in the 1990s.

Irvin ranks second all-time in receptions and receiving yards by a Cowboy. He has enjoyed a successful TV career as an NFL analyst since his retirement following the 1999 season.