ASHBURN, Va., — The Washington Football Team gamers stunned their coach, Ron Rivera, with a video and a donation to have fun his one-year destructive biopsy take a look at earlier this week.
A 3-minute video that includes feedback from eight gamers was performed in the course of the staff’s assembly Friday morning. It featured highlights from Rivera ringing the ball on the hospital after his final most cancers remedy. The pinnacle coach had his one-year biopsy Tuesday.
Rivera was recognized with squamous cell carcinoma in August 2020. He endured seven weeks of remedies in the course of the season, never missing a game and solely sitting out three practices. His day by day battles, plus the comeback of quarterback Alex Smith, helped impress the staff. Many pointed to each males as inspiration that helped the staff go 5-2 down the stretch and win the NFC East final yr.
We’re all nonetheless #RiveraStrong
The staff stunned Coach with this video and donation in in the present day’s staff assembly after Coach’s one-year biopsy this week got here again destructive 🙏 pic.twitter.com/at349DV9Ca
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The video left Rivera visibly choked up. When it concluded, he mouthed the phrases, “Wow,” and lowered his head. The gamers then instructed him they collected cash from every place group, elevating greater than $25,000 for the analysis and remedy of proton remedy.
“As a coach, you all the time marvel if you may get the prospect to get via to the gamers and contact them,” Rivera mentioned within the video, earlier than his voice began to crack once more. “This was superior. Thanks guys.”
Rivera was declared cancer-free on Jan. 29. However he has mentioned he is nonetheless combating the after results of what his physique endured in the course of the remedies. Meaning nonetheless getting drained early or taking naps at instances.
“If you see what he went via final yr, it actually confirmed the energy of coach,” Washington defensive deal with Jonathan Allen mentioned within the video. “That is one thing everyone can gravitate in the direction of… when you do not need to do issues the correct approach, otherwise you’re having a type of days the place you have got the ‘poor me’s’. You have a look at what coach Rivera went via and it speaks for itself what sort of man he’s and how much coach he’s.”
Seven of the eight gamers who spoke are captains. All of them shared the identical sentiment about their coach’s dedication.
“We contemplate this a job, however the combat coach needed to do was for his life,” proper guard Brandon Scherff mentioned. “Seeing him overcome each impediment is an unbelievable feeling.”
Washington’s gamers will put on black decals on the again of their helmet with the phrases, “Rivera Robust,” for Sunday’s recreation at Atlanta. Like final yr, Washington finds itself in a gap, albeit solely 1-2. However with upcoming video games vs. the New Orleans Saints, Kansas City Chiefs, Green Bay Packers and Denver Broncos later this month, a win could be useful for Washington.