Cowboys great Michael Irvin has testing for throat cancer: 'I am terrified'

Former Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Michael Irvin announced on Instagram Tuesday that he spent the previous two days at a UCLA hospital undergoing testing for throat cancer.

Results of Irvin’s biopsy appear to still be pending.

Irvin’s Instagram post

Irvin wrote that he noticed a problem when he lost his voice during the Cowboys’ win over the New Orleans Saints last season and the problem persisted for almost two months. He saw doctors who advised the round of testing performed at UCLA.

Dallas Cowboys legend Michael Irvin in recent years
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Broadcast analyst and Hall of Famer Michael Irvin walks the red carpet before the first round of the NFL football draft, Thursday, April 26, 2018, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Eric Gay)
INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 02: Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin (right) and former wide receiver Steve Smith Sr. commentate for NFL Network during day three of the NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on March 2, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
ATLANTA, GEORGIA - JANUARY 31: Michael Irvin attends SiriusXM at Super Bowl LIII Radio Row on January 31, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for SiriusXM)
LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 10: Michael Irvin is seen on January 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Hollywood To You/Star Max/GC Images)
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ARLINGTON, TX - NOVEMBER 29: Former Dallas Cowboys Receiver Michael Irvin celebrates after the game between the Dallas Cowboys and New Orleans Saints on November 29, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 08: NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin looks on prior to the game between the Carolina Panthers and the Pittsburgh Steelers at Heinz Field on November 8, 2018 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
CLEVELAND, OH - SEPTEMBER 20, 2018: Hall of Fame wide receiver and NFL Network analyst Michael Irvin prior to a game between the New York Jets and Cleveland Browns on September 20, 2018 at FirstEnergy Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. Cleveland won 21-17. (Photo by: 2018 Nick Cammett/Diamond Images/Getty Images)
Michael Irvin walks onto the field as the University of Miami Hurricanes take on the LSU Tigers during the AdvoCare Classic on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018 at at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. Irving, a retired American football player, actor and sports commentator, played college football at the University of Miami, then for the Dallas Cowboys. (Al Diaz/Miami Herald/TNS via Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Pro Football Hall of Famer and NFL Network Analyst Michael Irvin reacts during the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium on April 26, 2018 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 26: Former NFL player and current NFL Network Host Michael Irvin poses with fans during the first round of the NFL Draft on April 26, 2018 at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX. (Photo by Andrew Dieb/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 02: University of Miami alumnus Michael Irvin reacts on the sideline at the ACC Football Championship at Bank of America Stadium on December 2, 2017 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Former Dallas Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin (88) takes a selfie as he was one of several players introduced from the 1992 Super Bowl team before a game against the Philadelphia Eagles on November 19, 2017, at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. (Brad Loper/Fort Worth Star-Telegram/TNS via Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - AUGUST 26: Former NFL player Michael Irvin arrives on T-Mobile's magenta carpet duirng the Showtime, WME IME and Mayweather Promotions VIP Pre-Fight Party for Mayweather vs. McGregor at T-Mobile Arena on August 26, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for Showtime)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - AUGUST 11: Michael Irvin attends the 17th Annual Harold & Carole Pump Foundation Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 11, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for Harold & Carole Pump Foundation)

Irvin’s father, brother died of cancer

Irvin also wrote that his father had throat cancer and died at 51. His brother Vaughn died of stomach cancer in 2006 at age 49.

“So saying I am afraid this time is a big big understatement,” Irvin wrote. “I AM TERRIFIED!!”

A member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Irvin made five Pro Bowls and won three Super Bowls over a 12-year career with the Cowboys.

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