Dick Vitale returns to ESPN after cancer treatment

Written by By Staff Writer The sports world has been abuzz after legendary sports broadcaster Dick Vitale, a cancer survivor, returned to work this week. Vitale, 70, who has not been seen in public…

Dick Vitale returns to ESPN after cancer treatment

Written by By Staff Writer

The sports world has been abuzz after legendary sports broadcaster Dick Vitale, a cancer survivor, returned to work this week.

Vitale, 70, who has not been seen in public for a week, shared a photo with his wife on Instagram where he is eating popcorn, showing he’s not weak and spent time by the beach.

The caption reads: “Breakfast for me, with a side of ache! A side of pain is good for me, it makes me work harder! So God gave me Josh Vitale, the joy he gave me. So I am blessed with love, and little frills in life that I love, and I do my best to bring a smile to everyone’s face.”

“Life with me is great, I just have aches in my knees and they cause all kinds of aches and pains in my body, it’s like life picks a side, one or the other,” he continued. “No pain and no gain is my motto in life.”

His post has been shared over 50,000 times. Vitale — who has been an ESPN college basketball analyst since 1983 and currently speaks at the University of Miami regularly — was sidelined following a diagnosis with bile duct cancer.

The athlete previously battled colon cancer in 2000, which led to him writing “Get Well Soon,” a New York Times best-seller about the challenges he faced.

He’ll turn 71 later this month.

He joined basketball analyst, Chris Fowler, who described Vitale in his ESPN studio on Monday as “tremendously happy, recharged, invigorated and ready to do a great job.”

“I think there’s a certain joy there because he understands the importance of this,” Fowler said of Vitale’s return. “We all know that. You could feel it.”

“He’s back in the broadcast booth ready to go. He’s ready to go,” he added.

Vitale was diagnosed on August 21, Fowler said.

In July, Vitale completed six weeks of radiation and chemotherapy treatment, but his recovery did not prevent him from serving as an ESPN commentator throughout the NBA off-season.

He is expected to return to an on-air role during basketball season.

In a video posted on his Twitter account, Vitale thanked his fans for their support.

In another post he said, “Get well soon. You are not alone in this journey.”

Vitale also said he appreciated the support for his wife, Rhonda, who has battled Stage IV breast cancer since 2016. She thanked him for “helping her raise our beautiful son.”

Both men also returned ESPN Twitter handles.

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