Cal Ripken Jr. has overcome prostate cancer. Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Cal Ripken Jr. was nicknamed “The Iron Man” because of his incredible streak of consecutive games played, and the Hall of Famer can now add cancer survivor to his résumé.

Ripken revealed on Thursday that he was diagnosed with prostate cancer earlier this year.

Ripken underwent successful surgery in March and is now cancer-free. He called his recovery “pretty miraculous” and said he decided to come forward to raise awareness.

Ripken, a 19-time All-Star, is best known for appearing in an MLB-record 2,632 games. He was also a two-time MVP and won eight Silver Sluggers Awards and two Gold Glove Awards. Ripken spent his entire 21-year career with the Baltimore Orioles and helped them win a World Series in 1983.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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