Arians said he was out at dinner in December with his wife when his doctor called.
Arians said in the book released Tuesday that he feels "great", and is coaching at age 64 to inspire others who have battled cancer. Arians coached through the end of the season and underwent surgery during which a "portion" of the kidney had to be removed. Arians is a real football guy and basically the NFL's answer to Charlie Kelly.More news: Economists urge Trump not to impose new steel tariffs
Pagano came calling, however, and Arians agreed to jump on as his OC with the Colts.
When asked if 2017 could possibly be his past year coaching in the NFL, Arians said he would only retire if doctors told him he should. Arians told ESPN on Thursday that his health will dictate whether he's on the sideline again in 2018 but that he never wavered on coaching in 2017 despite three medical issues in five months last season.More news: Kings VP Scott Perry Agrees to Become Knicks New GM
The transformation from longtime assistant to perhaps the best National Football League coach not named Belichick was child's play, however, compared to some of the off-the-field issues Arians has had to traverse in recent years.
Arians beat prostate cancer in 2007. The next year with the Cards, Arians had to deal with skin cancer, and last year it was the diverticulitis and the far more serious renal issue.More news: DraftKings, FanDuel Scrap Merger Plans After FTC Opposition
"Nothing is guaranteed in life", Arians wrote. "Every day needs to enjoyed and celebrated to the fullest". But another factor will help Arians decide when to hang it up.
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