ESPN's Dick Vitale Says He's Been Cleared to 'Ring the Bell' After Cancer Treatment

Erin WalshApril 14, 2022

TAMPA, FL - MARCH 12: College basketball legend Dick Vitale is featuring before the SEC Tournament between the Texas A&M Aggies and the Arkansas Razorbacks on Thursday, March 11, 2022 at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, FL (Photo by Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Peter Joneleit/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

Legendary ESPN college basketball analyst Dick Vitale said Thursday that he has been cleared to "ring the bell" following his final chemotherapy treatment. 

Dick Vitale @DickieV

Just rec’d GREAT NEWS vs Lymphoma from Dr Brown / he said that after analyzing by bloodwork that I’m clear to RING THE BELL.This is MY <a href="https://twitter.com/MarchMadnessMBB?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@MarchMadnessMBB</a> CHAMPIONSHIP. THANKS to my medical TEAM <a href="https://twitter.com/SMHCS?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@SMHCS</a> &amp; Dr Brown <a href="https://twitter.com/espn?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@espn</a> STAFF + my family &amp; everyone that has sent me 🙏🙏🙏 &amp; ❤️❤️❤️ <a href="https://t.co/HUOEw4hR5b">pic.twitter.com/HUOEw4hR5b</a>

Vitale announced in October that he had been diagnosed with lymphoma just months after he had surgery to remove melanoma. He returned to calling games in November, but he revealed in December he had been suffering from inflammation in his throat and that he wouldn't return this season. 

The 82-year-old made an appearance at the SEC tournament in March and was recognized for his contributions to basketball. He was given a basketball signed by all 14 SEC coaches and received a standing ovation at Amalie Arena. 

Vitale, who called ESPN's first-ever college basketball broadcast, has been with the company since 1979.