Daughter of Washington HC Ron Rivera Announces Father is Officially Cancer-Free

by Quentin Blount

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera is officially cancer-free, according to a tweet sent out by his daughter.

In a time where we seemingly only hear bad news thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, today we finally got some news to cheer about. Washington Football Team’s head coach got a diagnosis of squamous cell carcinoma located in a lymph node back in August. Rivera said then the cancer was in the early stages and considered “very treatable and curable.”

Rivera went through treatment and rang the bell signaling the end of his chemotherapy.

The head coach’s daughter, Courtney Rivera, thanked everyone for their love and prayers, saying that her dad and mom, Stephanie, left the hospital today with the coach “officially cancer free!”

“Thank you all for the love and prayers ❤️💛 just got off the phone with mom and dad leaving the hospital @RiverboatRonHC is officially cancer free!!!”

“It’s a struggle,” Rivera called his battle with cancer early in the season. “It’s a battle. And I just don’t represent me. I represent all those folks. All those people that are afflicted, all those people that fight, all those people that have fought.”

Ron Rivera Named NFC Coach of the Year

It”s been a really good day for Ron Rivera. In addition to finding out that he was cancer-free, news that Ron Rivera was receiving the honor as NFC Coach of the Year broke early this morning as well.

A three‐time NFC Coach of the Year award winner, Rivera took Washington from worst to first this year in the NFC East. Rivera’s defense was a key piece in the team’s turnaround. They ranked fourth in the league in points allowed in 2020 after ranking 27th a year ago. They also had 47 sacks to rank sixth in the league in that category.

In addition to establishing a new culture amid the unusual coronavirus offseason, the head coach was also responsible for building a competent coaching staff. Meanwhile, Rivera received seven weeks of proton radiation and chemotherapy. The treatments caused him to miss a handful of practices but he never missed a game.

“Congrats to Head Coach Ron Rivera on being named NFC Coach of the Year by the Committee of 101 ‼️,” Washington Football Team wrote on Twitter.

Furthermore, Washington team president Jason Wright called Rivera’s journey this year “inspirational” and “special.”

“‘Inspirational’ is casually thrown around but this is the real thing,” Washington team president Jason Wright wrote in a  tweet. “The complexities of culture change on a young team, a (weird) NFC East race, a pandemic, while fighting w/ your family, emotionally & physically, on a journey to health… We bear witness to something special.”