Watch Eli Gold, voice of Alabama football, ring bell after completing cancer treatment

Eli Gold, the radio voice of Alabama football, completed his cancer treatment on Friday.

He rang the bell to commemorate the end of the treatment, which was recorded and posted to Twitter by his colleague and friend Tom Stipe.

Gold was diagnosed with cancer in late December after missing the 2022 season with health issues.

Gold plans to be back behind the mic for the start of the 2023 season, he told WNSP this past week. Gold, 69, has called Crimson Tide football games since 1988. Chris Stewart filled in for Gold during the 2022 season.

"The doctors are really pleased, everybody is excited," Gold told WNSP. "If the doctors are pleased, then I’m pleased."

For a while, doctors couldn't figure out what was wrong with Gold. He initially went into the hospital last spring for 186 days.

"My legs stopped working way back over a year ago," Gold said. "I woke up one morning and my legs wouldn’t work. I went to bed, I was walking, I walked into the bedroom. I wake up the next morning and my legs don’t work."

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After months of doctors treating him for things masking the cancer, what Gold described as "a terrible case of the hiccups" helped the doctors figure out he had cancer. He kept hiccupping and couldn't catch his breath.

Once it was diagnosed, Gold began chemotherapy on New Year's Eve and wrapped it up Friday.

As part of the illness, Gold lost considerable weight – about 140 pounds, he said. He had no interest in eating and couldn't keep anything down.

"The doctors told Claudette, my wife, they told her a couple times I might not make it through the night," Gold said. "I was a very sick boy. Turns out, I have gotten better. There’s still work to be done."

Originally, Gold had targeted A-Day on Saturday for his return to the booth, but his aim now is September.

"Lord willing, and the creek don’t rise, I am planning to be back in time for the start of the regular season," Gold said.

This article originally appeared on The Tuscaloosa News: Watch Eli Gold ring bell after completing cancer treatment