York High graduate Bruce Arians has suffered his third brush with cancer.
The Arizona Cardinals head coach made the revelation in his new book, released Tuesday, called "The Quarterback Whisperer. How to Build an Elite NFL Quarterback." Excerpts from the book were posted on the Cardinals' website, azcardinals.com.
Arians is known throughout the NFL for helping to develop some of the league's top quarterbacks, including Peyton Manning, Andrew Luck and Ben Roethlisberger. That's where the title of the book comes from.
Arians' latest cancer scare came during a 2016 season that was full of health issues for the 64-year-old coach.
The first scare came in the preseason, when Arians had diverticulitis. There was another trip to the hospital in November for an undisclosed illness, labeled as "discomfort."
Now, in his new book, Arians writes that there was third health concern in December. According to a posting on the Arizona Cardinals' website, Arians had just been to the doctor to get a hernia checked, and his ultrasound revealed a small spot on his kidney, which was diagnosed as renal cell carcinoma. Despite the diagnosis, Arians coached the rest of the season before having surgery in February to remove a “small portion” of the kidney.
“Now I feel great,” Arians writes in his book, 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.”
His December diagnosis was just part of a difficult period for Arians. Around the same time, his brother-in-law and his longtime agent died from cancer.
“I now realize more than ever nothing is guaranteed in life,” Arians writes in his book via the Cardinals' website. “Every day needs to be 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.”