Washington Head Coach Ron Rivera Diagnosed With Cancer

Ron Rivera says he was diagnosed with cancer two weeks ago

"They said, 'If you feel strongly, do it. I said, 'I'm going to be a little more cranky, so don't p-- me off'". When the lump didn't go away after a few weeks, he visited a doctor. He has consulted with a number of doctors and specialists and is establishing a treatment plan with the team and an outside specialist.

Rivera shared the news with his team Thursday.

On Thursday, the NFL team announced in a statement that the 58-year-old football coach was recently diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma located in a lymph node, which was detected through a "self-care check".

Rivera is 76-63-1 as a head coach, all with the Carolina Panthers from 2011-19.

The team has a "Plan B" in place should Rivera be unavailable, but he hopes that isn't necessary.

"I was stunned", he said. New team president Jason Wright tweeted his "prayers for health to the innate strength and deep resilience in [Rivera's] body, mind, and Spirit". "We're all with you, Stephanie, Christopher, and Courtney".

Rivera won The Associated Press NFL Coach of the Year Award in 2013 and 2015.

"That no matter what my situation and circumstances were, as long as I have my health, I'm okay‚" Rivera said at the time.

Rivera began his National Football League career as a linebacker for the Chicago Bears in 1984 and became a Super Bowl champion in his second season when the Bears beat the New England Patriots 46-10 in Super Bowl XX.