The Arizona Cardinals are going to have Bruce Arians on the sideline for at least one more season.
Arians underwent surgery in February to remove a cancerous spot on one of his kidneys, as revealed in his new book, The Quarterback Whisperer. “My energy has returned,” he said in his new book via NFL.com. “I'm told I'm cancer-free again. I'm ready for at least one more season of NFL football -- maybe more.”
Arians has been hospitalized three times in the past eight months. In August, he dealt with symptoms associated with Diverticulitis, which affects the digestive tract. Three months later, he received tests for chest pains after their Week 12 game against the Vikings.
Now that he’s healthy, Arians is taking a different approach to each day. “I now realize more than ever nothing is guaranteed in life,” he wrote. “Every day needs to enjoyed and celebrated to the fullest. Roses need to be smelled, sunsets savored, time with family cherished.”
Arians’ strength has been impressive. It’s easy for most to walk away from their work after experiencing bad health as Arians did as many times as he did. But he will try to use his perseverance to inspire others to push through their own trials and tribulations.
“Moving forward, I want to be a beacon of hope for others struggling with cancer,” he wrote. “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.”
The Cardinals had a disappointing 7-8-1 season last year, missing out on the postseason. Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald both returned to make at least one more push for a Super Bowl. Tyrann Mathieu will be healthy, they added a pair of veterans on the defense in Antoine Bethea and Karlos Dansby, and drafted highly touted safety Budda Baker.
Arians will also be along for at least one more — possibly more.