Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera is free of cancer, his wife, Stephanie, and daughter Courtney tweeted Thursday.
“The PET scan said it all, cancer you lost this fight,” Stephanie Rivera wrote.
Prayers have been answered. Thx to all the Drs & nurses who “Coached up” @RiverboatRonHC and me and gave us the winning game plan to defeat cancer. The PET scan said it all, cancer you lost this fight! #RiveraStrong
— Stephanie Rivera (@CoachRiv2) January 28, 2021
“Thank you for all the love and prayers,” Courtney Rivera wrote.
The news comes after Ron Rivera completed treatments for squamous cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer, last October. The coach announced his diagnosis last August, telling ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the cancer, which was discovered in his lymph nodes, was considered “highly treatable and curable.”
Ron Rivera was able to coach the entire 2020 NFL season, although he said in the early weeks that he felt extreme fatigue as a result of the treatments. He led Washington to the NFC East championship in his first season with the team despite a 7-9 record. Washington lost to eventual NFC champion Tampa Bay in the wild-card round of the playoffs.