NFL ref Tony Corrente gets good news after chemotherapy

AP

NFL referee Tony Corrente continued working through the Lions-Saints playoff game despite being treated for cancer of his tongue and throat. Now Corrente has been given good news that there are signs he’ll be healthy during the upcoming season.

Corrente tells Peter King of Sports Illustrated that after a second round of chemotherapy, doctors could not find any evidence of the tumor remaining.

“I’m not sure that all of this has sunk in yet,” Corrente said. “Today, I feel like — no, I know — I have been granted a second chance at life.”

Corrente hasn’t been completely cleared — doctors told him there’s something “unusual” in a lymph node that will need to be re-examined — but he feels a whole lot better now than he did a couple of months ago.

“In late January and through most of February I was so sick dealing with the many side effects of both the chemotherapy and the radiation treatments that my quality of life was very poor,” Corrente said. “I felt like total crud with blisters from ear to ear on my neck, ulcerated blisters over most of my tongue and the same blistering in my throat. The one thing that kept me going was what my girlfriend, Sarah Schilke, kept telling me. ‘All of this is only temporary.’ Those words kept my spirits high.”

Corrente said the cancer was caught quickly because he got hurt while trying to break up a scuffle during the Week One Ravens-Steelers game. He had side effects from taking Motrin to deal with the pain from that injury, and those side effects led to a full medical checkup that caught the tumor.

Here’s hoping Corrente is back to breaking up scuffles (or at least being available in case a scuffle breaks out) when the preseason starts.

17 responses to “NFL ref Tony Corrente gets good news after chemotherapy

  1. Get well soon. Most important is your health, but we look forward to seeing you back on the field.

  2. Tony blames his tongue and throat problems on all those years of screaming abuse back at those foul mouthed louts on the sideline. He is looking into the legal ramifications.

  3. Awesome that he’s been a strong enough human to beat the chemo and radiation, which are far worse than the Cancer but big profits for Big Pharma who have the nerve to ridicule and call safer alternative methods quackery.

  4. Good for Tony, we all hate the refs but it is only a GAME. What he has gone through is real life.

  5. askbri says:
    Apr 17, 2012 2:59 PM
    Hopefully the 2nd chance will convince him to quit smoking.
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    Where does it say he was a smoker?

    I wish the man well. I can’t imagine going through what he has. Good luck to him.

  6. He went back to the Ravens players involved in the scuffle and thanked them because without the checkup he got afterward, they might not have caught the cancer so soon.

    SEE Goodell?! Violence in the NFL is a good thing, it saves lives!

  7. 1phd says:
    Apr 17, 2012 3:21 PM
    Awesome that he’s been a strong enough human to beat the chemo and radiation, which are far worse than the Cancer but big profits for Big Pharma who have the nerve to ridicule and call safer alternative methods quackery.
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    I said this a few months ago here and got raked over the coals by the sheep, who believe everything they’re told.

    All the best, Tony!

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