Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians revealed in his new book that he was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma during the 2016 season.
Renal cell carcinoma is the most common form of kidney cancer, and he said in his new book “The Quarterback Whisperer” with Lars Anderson that he received the diagnosis in December.
Arians decided to coach the rest of the season for the Cardinals, and he had the cancer removed in February. He wrote on the Arizona Cardinals’ team website that he’s healthy and ready to return to the field.
“Now I feel great,” Arians writes. “My energy has returned. I’m told I’m cancer-free again. I’m ready for at least one more season of NFL football—maybe more.”
Arians has now had cancer three different times. The 64-year-old had prostate cancer in 2007 and had cancerous cells removed from his nose in 2013.
“Moving forward, I want to be a beacon of hope for others struggling with cancer,” Arians writes. “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.”
He has been the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals since 2013, and he led the team to the NFC Championship Game in 2015.
Arians will look to lead the Cardinals back to the playoffs in 2017 for the third time in the last four seasons.
(h/t Pro Football Talk)