Ron Rivera diagnosed with Squamous Cell Cancer

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher 

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has been diagnosed with cancer. He informed his team on Thursday night through a Zoom meeting. 

Rivera found out that he has Squamous cell cancer in his neck. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, he learned about it two weeks ago. 

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Rivera — who is in his first-year with the team — plans to coach this entire upcoming season. However, if that’s not possible, he will have a backup plan in place. 

“Coach Ron Rivera was recently diagnosed with Squamous Cell Carcinoma (SCC) located in a lymph node and detected from a self-care check,” the Washington Football Team said in a statement. “This cancer is in an early state, and is considered very treatable and curable, providing a good prognosis for Coach Rivera for a full recovery. Coach Rivera has consulted with leading doctors and oncology specialists and is establishing his treatment plan in conjunction with the team’s medical staff and his outside physicians. For now, Coach has asked that the team keep things business as usual and remain focused, but a “Plan B” is in place if it is determined that he should take some time off.

“Coach Rivera wishes to extend his thanks to the team doctors and athletic trainers, and all of the healthcare specialists, who will be assisting him through his treatment plan. In addition, Coach Rivera wishes to extend his heartfelt thanks to the Snyders, coaches, players, staff, and fans of the Washington Football Team, as well as his family for their love and support during this time. The Washington Football Team wishes Coach Rivera a speedy recovery, and we will be supporting him every step of the way.” 

The 56-year-old came to the Washington Football Team on Jan. 1, 2020 when he was hired as the team’s new head coach. He’s also changing the culture within the team, as he is leading the football operations, as well. 

Rivera has a 76-63-1 record as a head coach with the Carolina Panthers.

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