Ron Rivera on coaching through cancer treatments: It’s a struggle

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Washington head coach Ron Rivera missed practice on Wednesday to go for chemotherapy and he left Thursday’s session a bit early because of the side effects of a treatment that he said has been tough for him after Sunday’s loss to the Ravens.

Rivera took IV fluids before the game and could be seen sitting on the bench during TV timeouts at points during the game. He also got constant reminders to stay hydrated over the course of the afternoon.

“It’s a struggle,” Rivera said, via Barry Svrluga of the Washington Post. “It’s a battle. . . . It’s interesting. I have my moments where I felt pretty strong and felt good enough to go get up and walk up and down the sidelines. There were other times I waned a little bit.”

Rivera said he “wanted to be there for the guys” despite the difficulties and those players wore t-shirts saying “Rivera Strong” in pregame warmups. Rivera, who wore the shirt during the game, also said his spirits were raised by seeing a section of the stands filled with cardboard cutouts purchased by friends and family to show support for him as he continues his fight.

6 responses to “Ron Rivera on coaching through cancer treatments: It’s a struggle

  1. No offense, but if you are not able to devote all of your time to being a head coach, you have no place taking breaks while having the title. This team needs a serious QB change since the one who is starting is doing nothing with the ball. And this team has serious time management issues. I don’t care what situation Rivera is facing, he needs to step aside and let someone who can concentrate on the team.

  2. Irregardless of the team or the particular coach, anyone struggling with lymph node cancer should get well-wishes from all.

  3. Yeah…Chuck Pagano had cancer and had the sense to step down for a while. Riverboat Ron Rivera wants to show his manhood by
    continuing to coach and fight cancer at the same time. It’s his life…

  4. It is a disgrace that Washington does not have a team name. Go with Sentinels, from the 2000 move “The Replacements.” Dwayne Haskins will be in the Shane “Footsteps” Falco role. They can wear red at home and white on the road.


  5. From Cowboys Nation, keep pushing Ron. Prayers heading your way that you kick cancer’s ass and get back to coaching without distraction.

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