Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians underwent surgery in February to remove a “small portion” of his kidney, he revealed in his new book released Tuesday called “The Quarterback Whisperer.”
An ultrasound for a hernia in December showed a cancerous spot on the organ. Arians coached the remainder of the season before undergoing the procedure and said he’s ready for “at least one more season” as the leader of the Cardinals.
“Now I feel great,” Arians wrote, according to Darren Urban of the Cardinals’ official site. “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’ health has been an issue since the start of the 2016 season. He was hospitalized while on a visit to San Diego due to diverticulitis and needed another hospital check in late November.
The 64-year-old is also a survivor of prostate cancer.
“I now realize more than ever nothing is guaranteed in life,” Arians wrote. “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.”
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