Dave Gettleman said he feels blessed that his lymphoma is in “complete remission.” pic.twitter.com/4NCuPfy7MP
— Paul Schwartz (@NYPost_Schwartz) July 27, 2018
Dave Gettleman, diagnosed in June, has returned to the New York Giants, his cancer in remission according to the New York Post.
The New York Giants got the best kind of news as training camp opened this week, as general manager Dave Gettleman’s cancer was revealed to be in remission.
In a story by Paul Schwartz of the New York Post, sources close to Gettleman say the scans of the general manager, diagnosed with lymphoma in June, came back clean. With the whole team reporting back to East Rutherford for training camp, head coach Pat Shurmur had Gettleman welcome the team in with a pep talk before practices commenced on Thursday.
“Dave’s doing great, he was here (on Tuesday), and he’s been doing his treatments,” Shurmur told the New York Post. “That’s a process that he’s going through, but we communicate frequently. We’ve been in close touch all summer, I didn’t do much traveling, so I was here in town and Dave and I communicated quite a bit, actually.”
Assistant general manager Kevin Abrams has taken on an expanded role in Gettleman’s absence. Abrams served as the general manager for the final month of last season, taking over after Jerry Reese’s firing.
Gettleman later appeared in person on Friday afternoon, taking the podium for the first time since last spring’s draft proceedings. Though the general manager lost his hair in chemotherapy, he was in good spirits as he addressed reporters.
“I feel really good. Sometimes I feel like I’m apologizing for that,” Gettleman said, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN. “But you know, my energy is good. I’m not telling you, chemo ain’t fun. There has been a couple days where, oof, it rocks your world.”
According to Rannan, Gettleman, 67, further explained it was “weird” when his doctors told him he was in remission. He’s not taking any day for granted.
“I’m blessed,” he said. “I feel good. I feel energetic. This is a week I don’t have chemo in the hospital.”
Gettleman’s offseason moves, fulfilling many crucial needs, have Giants fans excited for the 2018 season. He used the team’s first draft selection, their highest since 1981, on Saquon Barkley, taking the explosive Penn State running back with the second overall pick back in April, and made several high-profile free agent additions in offensive lineman Nate Solder and linebacker Connor Barwin.
The Giants return to practice tomorrow afternoon at 2:45 p.m.