Bruce Arians Coached Final Month of 2016 Season With Cancer

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Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians had a rough 2016, but apparently it was even worse than initially perceived.

In addition to the Cards missing the playoffs with a disappointing 7-8-1 record, Arians was also hospitalized on two separate occasions—once for stomach pains in August and another time in November for chest pains.

All of the above information was made available to the public as it happened, but according to Arians’ new book, “The Quarterback Whisperer,” that wasn’t even the worst of it.

In the book, Arians reveals that he was also diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, which is a form of cancer.

Via the Cardinals’ official website:

Arians writes that he was out to dinner with his wife, Chris, in December when he got a call from his doctor. Arians had just been to the doctor to get a hernia checked, and his ultrasound revealed a small spot on his kidney — renal cell carcinoma. Amazingly, Arians coached the remainder of the season before having surgery to remove a “small portion” of the kidney in February.

“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.”

That last paragraph is great news to hear. Hopefully 2017 has much better things in store for the Cards’ head coach.

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