On Jan. 28, Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera announced through a social media post that he beat lymph node cancer, which he battled all throughout the ’20-’21 NFL season.
Rivera announced on Aug. 20 of last year that he was diagnosed with squamous cell cancer and would need several weeks of chemotherapy. This came as a ginormous shock to the NFL community as the season was set to start just a couple of weeks later.
Towards the beginning of the ’20-’21 season, reports surfaced that Rivera would undergo IV treatments at halftime to continue being on the sideline for Washington. Rivera’s determination to be there for his team no matter what is admirable in every aspect imaginable. His selfless actions throughout this season are the epitome of greatness, teamwork and everything that an NFL head coach should have, even under the absolute worst circumstances.
Rivera would lead Washington to their first playoff appearance since 2015 after winning the NFC East with a record of 7-9.
There have been numerous scenarios in the air of which NFL coach will win the “Comeback Coach of the Year” award. Every scenario except a select few predict Rivera being the recipient of the award.