Cardinals HC Bruce Arians mentioned in his new book “The Quarterback Whisperer” that he was diagnosed with kidney cancer last year after he had a hernia checked.
Arians was able to finish out the season before undergoing surgery to have a “small portion” of his kidney removed.
According to Arians, he now “feel[s] great” and his energy level has returned to normal.
“Now I feel great,” Arians wrote, via AzCardinals.com. “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 dealt with health issues that included prostate cancer, skin cancer, and diverticulitis. After all of that, it’s clear to Arians what matters most.
“I now realize more than ever nothing is guaranteed in life,” Arians writes. “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.”
Following the season, there was talk that this could be Arians final year as the Cardinals head coach, due to the health issues he’s battled in recent years.
Arians, 64, was hired by the Cardinals back in 2013 after he filled in for Colts HC Chuck Pagano while he was fighting cancer and managed to win Coach of the Year. During his four years with the Cardinals, Arians has led them to a record of 40-22-1 (64.3 percent), which includes two playoff appearances and a trip to the NFC Championship game last year.