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Legendary Sports Commentator Breaks Down In Tears In Emotional Return After Cancer Battle

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Legendary Sports Commentator Breaks Down In Tears In Emotional Return After Cancer Battle

College broadcasting royalty Dick Vitale has made his long-awaited return to the commentary booth following a lengthy battle with cancer.

It made for very emotional scenes as Dickie V struggled to fight back the tears.

Dick Vitale. Credit: PA
Dick Vitale. Credit: PA

At the start of the year, the legendary commentator - also known as "The Voice Of College Basketball" - began his battle with melanoma.

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But in October, he revealed that the cancer had spread and he was now fighting another form of the awful disease.

Vitale, who is adored by everyone in the college basketball community, would have to undergo six months of chemotherapy treatment.

Desperate to make a speedy recovery and get in the broadcast booth as soon as possible, the 82-year-old announced that he was planning on commentating a couple of games in between his chemo sessions.

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At the time, fans just wanted him to rest and take it easy, but now Dickie V has surprised everyone by turning up to call the blockbuster game between #1 ranked Gonzaga and #2 ranked UCLA.

In a heartwarming clip posted on social media by ESPN, Hall of Fame announcer Vitale breaks down in tears as he's welcoming back by his co-host.

"It's great being here, Dave. I didn't want to cry," Vitale said.

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"I can't believe I'm sitting here. It's really a big thrill for me."

"I want to thank all you people who sent me so many great messages. I want to thank, certainly, my family and all the fans. You've been unbelievable.

"On October 12th, when they walked through and told me I had cancer and that I required a serious surgery, I never dreamt at 82 that I'd be be here at courtside again.

"I'm sorry, I'm just so emotional."

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We're not crying, you are.

Wishing Dickie V a speedy recovery!

Featured Image Credit: Twitter/ESPN

Topics: Basketball, NBA, Cancer, Australia

Max Sherry
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