Hokie Gajan will miss at least Sunday’s Saints game as he begins chemotherapy; Deuce McAllister will replace him _lowres

Advocate staff file photo by PATRICK DENNIS -- Saints radio announcers Jim Henderson, left, and Hokie Gajan

Even cancer can’t keep Hokie Gajan out of the broadcast booth.

The former LSU and Saints running back and longtime radio analyst for WWL revealed Friday that he has an unspecified form of cancer but that he will be working Sunday’s game at Washington.

“I’m not trying to be a tough guy, but I’m feeling no different now than I did before I knew about this, which is fine,” Gajan said before his regular Friday radio show. “Until they narrow it down to exactly what kind of cancer this is, I’m going to keep doing my job and keep doing what I enjoy, which is watching the game.”

Gajan, 56, has been with WWL since 2000, following 18 years working as a scout for the Saints.

The Baker High product was the team’s 10th round draft pick out of LSU in 1981 and played until 1987 when knee injuries forced him to retire.

In recent years, Gajan has suffered from arthritic gout and other joint problems but said this appears unrelated to that.

Gajan added that he learned about the cancer during a doctor’s visit in Covington on Nov. 6. He went to M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston earlier this week for further evaluation. He will return to Houston next week.

“They’re a little confused and have to talk to each other before I know what kind of treatment I’ll be getting and when,” he said. “I’m just waiting for them to give me the word.

“But I don’t expect to miss any games.”

WWL sports director Kristian Garic, who hosts the Friday show, said that Gajan’s attitude was not surprising.

“If anybody can handle this with stride, it’s Hoke,” he said.

“He’s a total pro who is always prepared, and he has a unique ability to communicate with the audience as only Hokie can.”

Saints spokesman Greg Bensel said that Gajan “has been and always will be a member of the Saints family and that anything he needs from us, he has it.”

Gajan briefly addressed his condition at the start of his show on Friday

“I do appreciate all of the calls and texts I’ve gotten today,” he said. “But I’d rather be talking about football questions.”

See the full WWL story here.