Gold discusses overcoming cancer at Selma QB Club

Published 9:03 am Wednesday, September 27, 2023

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Alabama football radio Announcer Eli Gold says he is grateful for overcoming stage 3 esophageal cancer.

Gold spoke to the Selma Quarterback Club on Tuesday at the George P. Evans Building.

“It’s great to be back in Selma,” Gold said. “The cancer’s in remission. I’ve been blessed.”

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Gold, who missed the 2022 season recovering from cancer and regaining the use of his legs, said he’s grateful for the love given by Alabama opponents throughout the SEC.

“When it became known I was sick, I got calls from SEC coaches and former Auburn coach Gus Malzahn,” Gold said. “With all of the prayers, cards and good wishes, the cancer was gone. We compete in the SEC. They want to win, and I want Alabama to win. But it let me know how people care in the SEC.”

Gold, 69, said his rehabilitation included stints in hospitals and nursing homes overcoming cancer in 2022.

“It wasn’t pleasant for me to see my mother in a nursing home, it wasn’t pleasant for me at all,” Gold said. “I had to learn how to walk again.”

Gold thanked his wife, Claudette and daughter, Elise for their roles in helping him overcome cancer. Gold also said he’s looking forward to seeing Elise get married next year.

“I wanted to be here and able to walk her down the aisle,” Gold said.

Gold said the cancer ordeal taught him about divine intervention.

“If anyone questions prayer, don’t question it,” Gold said. “Prayer works.”

Gold said it was challenging returning to announce football games after 20 months. He only does Alabama home games.

“It wasn’t easy,” Gold said. “I didn’t know if I had the ability to remember names. I did a scrimmage game, and it wasn’t up to the standard. But now, win lose or draw, that’s the medicine I could have had.”