Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank has prostate cancer but said in a statement on the Falcons’ official website that he is “fighting like hell.”
“In December I was diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer,” the 73-year-old Blank said. “Over the last several weeks Angie and I have visited a number of expert doctors and hospitals across the country to identify the best treatment options for me. I have chosen an aggressive approach that will include surgery and the overall prognosis is good.
“I’m looking forward to getting this behind me and continuing a very active lifestyle, my upcoming wedding, as well as continued active involvement in our businesses and philanthropic efforts for years to come.”
Blank, who is worth an estimated $2.5 billion and helped co-found The Home Depot in 1978, has owned the Falcons since 2002 when he purchased the team for $545 million.
The Falcons have twice made the NFC Championship Game during Blank’s tenure as owner and he was also the driving force behind the construction of Mercedes-Benz Stadium, where the Falcons will start playing in 2017.
Blank also founded Major League Soccer (MLS) team Atlanta United FC, which will also start playing in 2017.
Campus Sports sends its best wishes to the Blank family and will update this story as any new information becomes available.
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