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York High grad Bruce Arians feels 'great' after his third bout with cancer

STAFF REPORT
  • York High graduate Bruce Arians was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma in December.
  • In February, the Arizona Cardinals head coach had a small part of his kidney removed.
  • Arians now says he feels "great" and ready for at least one more year of NFL coaching.

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. 

Arizona Cardinals coach and York High graduate Bruce Arians, left, talks with Posie Plank of York City and her grandson Josh Sowers, 10, of Manchester Township on Saturday, June 17, 2017. They were attending a news conference at the Memorial Park Complex announcing a York City Parks Conservancy. Arians is a longtime friend of Plank's former husband Eddie. Arians will serve as honorary chair of the conservancy.  Arians, in his new book, details his third brush with cancer, which required surgery in February.

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.

Arians also has a history with the disease. He survived prostate cancer in 2007, and had to have some cancerous cells scraped off his nose in 2013.

“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.”