Bruce Arians revealed some frightening this week about his health that left him spending four days in a hospital last month after experiencing severe chest pains at his Florida home.
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach told Ira Kaufman of JoeBucsFan.com he had a serious health scare the night before the Atlanta Falcons game, which resulted in a diagnosis of myocarditis.
“We ate, and I got these pains way up here, like two knives going in. The more I tried to take a breath, the worse it got,” he told the outlet. “I took some Tums, thinking it was indigestion, but it just got worse.”
He expressed concern to his wife before they eventually called 911. He was then transported to Tampa General.
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“Thankfully, the scans showed no fluid, no heart damage, and absolutely no blockages,” Arians continued. “They had a cardiac radiologist look at everything, and they ended up giving me anti-inflammatories.”
Arians, who now serves as the Bucs’ senior football consultant after stepping down in March, would rejoin the team October 27th but did not travel with them for Sunday’s game in Germany against the Seattle Seahawks.
The Bucs are 5-5 through the first 10 games of the 2022 season and have won their last two games to get back to .500. The Bucs were considered Super Bowl contenders before the season started, but after a slow start, many have written them off.
They have shown signs of life the past two weeks.
Arians had been the Buccaneers’ head coach for the last three seasons since taking over in 2019. A year after taking over the team, he landed Tom Brady in free agency and they won Super Bowl LV and then had a 13-4 record last season.
In his career, Arians is 86-51-1 and has won Coach of the Year twice in his career.
NFL Fans are praying for Bruce Arians…
“Poor guy, hope he made a quick and safe recovery” – @skpmd
“Good thing he quit the high-pressure world of NFL coaching” – @adamreiner
“Get well coach. I have a lot of time for Arians – excellent coach and promoter of minorities in the league.” – @Dead2head
“This likely serves notice that any talk of Arians coming back as head coach should be taken off the table. Hope he stays well.” – @Abeisright
“Glad to hear BA is doing OK. The guy has lived hard. Loves life.” – @smithbill
“Get well. Prayers.” – @colep223
“Hey Bruce Time to slow down & smell the roses You have many accomplishments in your coaching career many after most coaches retire. Put yourself & you family 1st. Your contributions to the NFL are duly noted” – @joecapello3
“Go home. Relax with your wife. More to life than football” – @dc19583
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