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John Elway reveals little-known diagnosis

DENVER, Colo. - Pro Football Hall of Famer, John Elway, revealed he has a little-known condition that prevented him from holding a football.

It's called Viking's Disease.  

The former Broncos quarterback and current General Manager of the Denver Broncos revealed the diagnosis on the Today Show Thursday morning, during the show's "Medical Mystery" segment. 

Viking's Disease forms extra tissue in the palm of one's hands, causing the fingers to curl inward. When Elway was first diagnosed 15 years ago, both ring fingers had closed inward -- enough that prevented him from holding a football. 

He opted to treat the disease non-surgically which, so far, has been successful; however, there is always a chance the effects of the disease will return.  

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