Martin ill with cancer
FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) Former Dallas Cowboys defensive
end Harvey Martin reportedly is severely ill with pancreatic
Several unidentified sources told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
in its Thursday editions that the 51-year-old former Pro Bowler
and one-time Super Bowl co-MVP is near death.
The newspaper reported Martin has told his relatives to keep
quiet about his illness. He underwent major surgery about a year
ago, but his condition worsened recently, the sources said.
Cowboys officials have had contact with Martin about the illness
and, in compliance with his wishes, are not confirming or commenting
on his condition, team spokesman Brett Daniels told The Associated
Press on Thursday.
All I know is that it's bad. It doesn't look good for him,
said former Dallas fullback Robert Newhouse, a Martin teammate.
Another former teammate, current Cowboys assistant coach Bill
Bates, said: It's a sad situation. It makes you appreciate
the good times.
Martin was one of the Cowboys' most popular players in the 1970s
and early '80s, setting team records with 114 career sacks and
20 sacks in 1977.
The Dallas native starred at South Oak Cliff High School and
East Texas State University (now Texas A&M University at
Commerce) before the Cowboys drafted him in the third round of
the 1973 draft.
He played 11 seasons with Dallas, making the Pro Bowl four times
and sharing the Super Bowl XII MVP trophy with Randy White.
Since retiring in 1984, Martin has struggled with substance abuse,
domestic violence and bankruptcy issues.
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