Bruce Arians cancer free after offseason health scare

Arizona Cardinals NFL football head coach Bruce Arians signals his players during a voluntary team workout, Tuesday, May 16, 2017, in Tempe, Ariz. (AP Photo/Matt York)
AP Photo/Matt York

While many people knew of two health issues — diverticulitis during the preseason and chest pains in November — that Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians experienced in 2016, there was another that has come to light in his new book “The Quarterback Whisperer.”

Arians disclosed in his book that while out to dinner with his wife in December he received a phone call from his doctor, who informed him that a cancerous spot was found on his kidney. The spot, found during an ultrasound meant to check a hernia, was renal cell carcinoma. Arians was able to coach the remainder of the 2016 season, with a small portion of his kidney being removed in February.

Arians wrote in his book that he’s now cancer free, and he’s coaching in honor of those who have been affected by the disease.

“I now realize more than ever nothing is guaranteed in life,” Arians wrote according to the Cardinals website. “Every day needs to enjoyed and celebrated to the fullest. Roses need to be smelled, sunsets savored, time with family cherished. Moving forward, I want to be a beacon of hope for others struggling with cancer. My fight is their fight. I’m not coaching for myself in 2017; I’m coaching for everyone who’s dealing with cancer. This is my charge.”

That was the third instance of cancer that Arians has dealt with in the past decade, as he underwent treatment for prostate cancer in 2007 and had cancerous cells removed from his nose in 2013. Given a clean bill of health following his most recent scare, Arians is ready for another season as the Cardinals head coach.

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