Former MLB pitcher and current ESPN analyst Curt Schilling announced on Wednesday that he has been diagnosed with cancer.
“I’ve always believed life is about embracing the gifts and rising up to meet the challenges,” Schilling said in a statement released by ESPN. “We’ve been presented with another challenge, as I’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer.”
Schilling has had a tough couple of years. He suffered a minor heart attack in 2011 and went through a very public and disastrous stint as the owner of a video game company, 38 Studios, that defaulted on over $75 million in tax-payer loans from the state of Rhode Island.
Schilling pitched for 20 years in the MLB and most famously fought through an injured ankle that produced the legendary “bloody sock” in the Boston Red Sox‘s improbably run to the 2004 World Series championship. Schilling has the 3rd best playoff winning percentage and 8th most playoff strikeouts of all-time.