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Bruce Arians reveals he had kidney cancer during the 2016 season

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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians has revealed that he was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma, the most common type of kidney cancer, during the 2016 season.

Arians writes in his new book that he got the diagnosis in December and decided to coach the rest of the season. He had surgery to remove the cancer in February and says he’s now doing well and will be healthy enough to coach the team in 2017.

Now I feel great,” Arians writes, via the Cardinals’ website. “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.”

This is the third cancer diagnosis for Arians, who has previously had prostate cancer in 2007 and had cancerous cells scraped off 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.”

Fans of all teams will root for Arians in that fight.

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26 Responses to “Bruce Arians reveals he had kidney cancer during the 2016 season”
  1. dolfan72 says: Jul 11, 2017 3:49 PM

    Stay well. Take care.

  2. zibet says: Jul 11, 2017 3:50 PM

    Even as a Ravens fan I know this guy is the man..

  3. sumkat says: Jul 11, 2017 3:51 PM

    Good luck to him. 3 times diagnosed and still above ground is amazing. Hope he is healthy for many years to come

    What I want to know is, did the players know? If so, what does it feel like to quit on a guy that is literally risking his life to be on the sidelines? That 2-4-1 finish (with the only W’s being a terrible SF team, and a Redskins team that had also quit but had less talent) cost them what should of been an easy wildcard birth

  4. cardinalsfan87 says: Jul 11, 2017 3:55 PM

    Glad he has a good prognosis. Love Brice Arians.

  5. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Jul 11, 2017 4:06 PM

    He needs to retire and look after his health. He has nothing left to prove.

  6. phinatic29 says: Jul 11, 2017 4:33 PM

    patsfan4lifesbchamps says:
    Jul 11, 2017 4:06 PM
    He needs to retire and look after his health. He has nothing left to prove.

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    retirement is a personal decision. if he wants to continue coaching and is still capable, more power to him.

  7. jackedupboonie says: Jul 11, 2017 4:34 PM

    Are we going to get an Arians clip from every chapter of his book before regular season commences?

  8. phinatic29 says: Jul 11, 2017 4:36 PM

    cardinalsfan87 says:
    Jul 11, 2017 3:55 PM
    Glad he has a good prognosis. Love Brice Arians.

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    if you really loved him, you would know his first name …. just sayin’

  9. wannabear says: Jul 11, 2017 4:37 PM

    GO BRUCE!

  10. dwoofer says: Jul 11, 2017 4:50 PM

    Prayers

  11. packfaninpackland says: Jul 11, 2017 4:57 PM

    Even as a Packer fan, I really respect Arians and what he has done.

    Live long sir !!

  12. ronfai says: Jul 11, 2017 5:39 PM

    Shoot I’m a niners fan but can’t help but love this guy. Stand up dude .. great coach. Glad he’s healthy and hope he stays that way.

  13. ganzendofstory says: Jul 11, 2017 6:05 PM

    Who can believe anything this blowhard says. It was probably a tummy ache from all of the garbage he obviously eats.

    Most overrated person in the league.

  14. largent80 says: Jul 11, 2017 6:07 PM

    This guy is a goddamned national treasure and the league is better with him in it. Fight the good fight Bruce.

    – a Seahawks fan.

  15. Drunk Uncle says: Jul 11, 2017 6:08 PM

    jackedupboonie says:
    Jul 11, 2017 4:34 PM
    Are we going to get an Arians clip from every chapter of his book before regular season commences?
    _________

    Not sure. I hope so! I can guarantee that future posts about the Arizona Cardinals will get more comments from Seaturkey trolls before the regular season commences.

  16. weepingjebus says: Jul 11, 2017 6:44 PM

    Tried to warn you about disrespecting the red sequined cowboy hat but no. Good luck.

  17. barrywhererufrom says: Jul 11, 2017 7:42 PM

    Love this guy!! Good health and good luck this season!!

  18. RandyinRoxbury says: Jul 11, 2017 7:44 PM

    #BRUCESTRONG

  19. streetyson says: Jul 11, 2017 8:43 PM

    From what he describes in the linked article – of being out to dinner when his doc phones him and describes a “small spot on his kidney” this is almost certainly a PRECANCEROUS LESION – especially if he then put off treatment for two more months. It is important to note that precancerous lesions don’t always turn into cancerous ones, they are just abnormal growths that may or may not ultimately turn cancerous. If this was cancerous he wouldn’t have risked his life by putting off the op for two months. No one would for just a job.

    Having nursed one parent who died of cancer and dealing with another, I’m fed up of hearing from neighbors, colleagues, and in the media, about people who “battled cancer” when all they had were some precancerous cells that were removed as a precaution. Please don’t exaggerate/falsify awful diseases to gain sympathy or sell books.

  20. darkneptune73 says: Jul 11, 2017 8:43 PM

    ganzendofstory says:
    Jul 11, 2017 6:05 PM
    Who can believe anything this blowhard says. It was probably a tummy ache from all of the garbage he obviously eats.
    Most overrated person in the league.
     
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    If anyone is a blowhard, it’s you.
     

  21. Drunk Uncle says: Jul 11, 2017 9:14 PM

    Agree with darkneptune. How dishonorable!

  22. tylawspick6 says: Jul 11, 2017 10:48 PM

    this guy loves a microphone

  23. cowboylover says: Jul 12, 2017 12:04 AM

    Ugh. Had this nasty RCC myself 6 years ago. I’m fine; I hope he stays fine as well.

  24. arzcardinals says: Jul 12, 2017 12:08 AM

    Best coach AZ has seen

  25. cakesw says: Jul 12, 2017 10:09 AM

    Bruce is the epitome of a football coach.

    Always has been….

    If you don’t like him, that’s your opinion, ( probably because you are fan of an opposing team).

    He gets called a blowhard by many….I guarantee that many….has never played football. He holds people accountable on the football field which runs people the wrong way…

    However…his players LOVE him…and play very hard for him.

  26. silvernblacksabbath says: Jul 12, 2017 1:26 PM

    Precancerous lesions ^^^^^^ He’s right!

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