New York Giants general manager Dave Gettleman revealed Tuesday he has been diagnosed with lymphoma, but the 67-year-old said he will maintain his normal responsibilities while getting treatment for the condition.
“The doctor’s outlook for the treatment and the prognosis is positive, and so am I,” Gettleman said in a statement. “I will continue to work as much as the treatment process will allow, and as they know, when I am not in the office, I will be in constant communication with Pat [Shurmur, Giants head coach], Kevin [Abrams, assistant GM] and the rest of our staff.”
His full statement reads:
“”Recently, I underwent an annual physical, during which it was discovered I have lymphoma. Over the past week, I have undergone more testing to determine the course of treatment, which is scheduled to start in the very near future.
“The doctor’s outlook for the treatment and the prognosis is positive, and so am I.
“I will continue to work as much as the treatment process will allow, and as they know, when I am not in the office, I will be in constant communication with Pat (Shurmur), Kevin (Abrams) and the rest of our staff.
“I am thankful to John Mara and Steve Tisch and our organization for their support and encouragement, and to Ronnie Barnes for his guidance and assistance. And, of course, to my wife Joanne and our children for their love and support.
“And I want to thank you in advance for respecting my privacy and that of my family as we work our way through this. I look forward to being back at full strength and devoting all my energy to helping make this 2018 New York Giants team the best it can be.”
Gettleman, who was hired as the team’s GM in December, began his NFL career as a scout with the Buffalo Bllls in 1986 then joining the Denver Broncos in 1993 before working his way up the personnel ranks after being hired by the Giants in 1998. He grew in the Giants’ pro personnel department before being hired as Carolina Panthers GM in 2013, with the team going 39-23-1 in his four seasons there, including a Super Bowl 50 appearance in a 2015 season which the Panthers finished 15-1.
—Field Level Media