Former New Orleans Saints and LSU running back Hokie Gajan, the longtime radio analyst who was diagnosed with cancer last year, has been moved into intensive care, WWL Radio reported Monday.
“Hokie is currently in the hospital. We are keeping him comfortable and surrounded by those who love him,” Gajan’s daughter, Kristin Gajan Sell, told WWL Radio. “We thank everyone for their support and prayers during this difficult time.”
After his latest round of tests, doctors determined Gajan needed around-the-clock care and medical attention, WWL reported.
“Hokie is in our minds and prayers,” Saints owner Tom Benson said via text message. “He is fighting a courageous battle.”
Gajan, 56, has been with WWL Radio since 2000, following 18 years working as a scout for the Saints. In December, he missed only his second broadcast with the Saints as he began chemotherapy.
“I hate missing any games with the great season we’ve having,” he joked at the time. “But I don’t think I’ll be missing us going to the Super Bowl.”
Gajan was replaced in the broadcast booth by fellow former Saints running back Deuce McAllister.
“Continued prayers for Hokie and his family,” McAllister said. “Hopefully the care and treatment brings more comfort as he battles this disease.”
The Baker High School product was the Saints’ 10th-round draft pick in 1981 and played until 1987, when knee injuries forced him to retire. He started 36 games as a running back/fullback for Bum Phillips’ Saints teams from 1982-85. In 1984, he led the Saints with seven touchdowns and an average of 6.0 yards a carry.