Ron Rivera’s Family Announces The Washington Coach Is Cancer-Free

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The Washington Football Team was better at the end of the season than the start, and a lot of experts chalked that up to the coaching and stability Ron Rivera is known to provide.

And now, Rivera himself appears to be better at the end of the season than he was at the beginning, too.

Rivera underwent his final treatment for squamous cell cancer in October, following up with doctors Thursday. And according to Rivera’s daughter, Courtney Rivera, all tests came back negative — meaning the news is nothing but positive.

Ron Rivera said on Aug. 20 that he was diagnosed cancer. He said he needed to undergo seven weeks of treatment during the season. That included three rounds of chemotherapy, as well as proton therapy five days each week.

“At times you get nauseous,” he said in October. “At times your equilibrium is messed around with, almost a sense of vertigo. And then the nausea. It hits you at anytime, anywhere. But the fatigue, going out to practice it limited me, and that bothers me because I can’t coach the way I coach.”

Rivera, 59, lost 36 pounds and weighed 232 at one point during the season.

But as he started to rebound, the team did as well — with Washington winning five of its final seven games to claim the NFC East title with a record of 7-9. Washington then lost to the eventual NFC champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the first round of the playoffs.

Written by Sam Amico

Sam Amico spent 15 years covering the NBA for Sports Illustrated, FOX Sports and, along with a few other spots, and currently runs his own basketball website on the side,


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