Erin Andrews reveals that she was diagnosed with cervical cancer last year
During week three of the NFL season in 2016, the 38-year-old FOX sideline reporter was told she had cancer.
The surgery was scheduled for Tuesday, October 11. Erin told her doctor (via MMQB), “I’m not watching any football games at home. This is [Fox’s] Super Bowl year, and I’m not missing the Super Bowl.” Two days after surgery, Erin took a plane to Green Bay for the football game that week.
“Should I have been standing for a full game five days after surgery? Let’s just say the doctor didn’t recommend that,” Erin said. “But just as I felt during my trial, sports were my escape. I needed to be with my crew.”
“Throughout my career, all I’ve ever wanted is to just fit in,” Erin added. “That I had this extra baggage with the scandal, I didn’t want to be any different. I felt that way about being sick too. I don’t want players or coaches to look at me differently.”
“After the trial everyone kept telling me, ‘You’re so strong, for going through all of this, for holding down a job in football, for being the only woman on the crew,’ ” Erin continued. “Finally I got to the point where I believed it too. ‘Hey, I have cancer, but dammit, I am strong, and I can do this.’”
After a second procedure, Erin was in the clear and cancer-free.
If you didn’t know, Erin also went through a major trial in 2016 after a stalker filmed footage of her in her hotel room. She was awarded $55 million in a civil lawsuit.