ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore

ESPN college football analyst Rod Gilmore

*Veteran ESPN analyst Rod Gilmore, a college football expert who has worked for the network since 1996, revealed Monday that he has multiple myeloma, a blood cancer.

“I feel great and my prognosis is good,” he wrote in a note to fans, adding that he fully expects to be at work this season. He also took the opportunity to offer advice.

Read Gilmore’s full note below:

I was recently diagnosed with a form of blood cancer known as Multiple Myeloma and there are a few things I wanted to share.

First, I feel great and my prognosis is good. I have great support with an amazing medical team, an incredible wife and family, and amazing friends and colleagues.
Second, my condition was discovered during an annual physical, which I’ve had done for more than 25 years. Early detection is critical and I encourage all of you to get annual physicals–cancer does not discriminate and it will hide if you let it.
Finally, amazing advances have been made in cancer research and treatment, principally due to your generous donations to organizations like The V Foundation. Donations work. We are so close to finding cures to some forms of cancer in the not too distant future. Please continue to support research of any kind in whatever way you can. It’s making a difference.

I’m looking forward to enjoying another incredible and exciting college football season with all of you. See you Week 1 in Nashville.

ESPN President John Skipper added: “We extend our thoughts and support to Rod and his loved ones. Rod is the consummate professional, and a valued and esteemed colleague, who has the entire ESPN family behind him. I know he is approaching his battle with hope and optimism and we wish him continued strength in that fight. We look forward to his expert analysis on our college football coverage, where he has been educating and informing fans for many years.”