“Riverboat Ron” Recovering From Cancer
Washington Football head coach, Ron Rivera knew he had his work cut out for him when he took the gig to be Washington's next head coach.
He was taking over for a Jay Gruden regime that had an embarrassing record of 35-49 the last six seasons.
With a second-year QB and not much to work with on offense, many people questioned why he decided to even take the job.
But, Rivera has a reputation for being tough as nails and turning team's around, no task is too tough for him to overcome.
What he didn't know was that he would be diagnosed in August with squamous cell carcinoma, a type of skin cancer that the Washington training staff caught in its early stages.
When his players and the rest of the league found out about the diagnosis, Rivera received nothing but love and support.
Despite his tough circumstances, "Riverboat Ron" continued to take a gamble and continue coaching while receiving his treatments.
According to Washington reporter John Keim, Rivera had to put in a lot of time to make sure he could coach and get the treatment that he needed.
"During the week, Rivera would often have to leave the facility around 5 p.m., having his daughter Courtney, who works for the team, or his wife, Stephanie, drive him home. In a typical week, without treatments, Rivera said he'd be there until 8:30 p.m. at the earliest and perhaps as late as 11 on occasion".
After an impressive 25-3 win over the Dallas Cowboys on Sunday, Rivera received his last round of chemotherapy on Monday morning.
Rivera rang a bell at the hospital, signifying the end to his battle with skin cancer.
Rivera will still continue going back for checkups over the next couple weeks, but as of right now it seems like he can finally breathe a sigh of relief.
As for the team's play on the field, Rivera has Washington battling for first in the NFC East with a record of 2-5.