Ron Rivera told his team he had early-stage lymph node cancer Thursday, prompting an outpouring of support from players, coaches, fans and the entire NFL community. Shortly thereafter, the Washington head coach thanked all of those people keeping him in their thoughts.
"Stephanie, Christopher, Courtney and I thank you ALL for your love and support," Rivera wrote.
Rivera still plans on coaching this season for the Washington Football Team, as 2020 will be his first year leading the franchise on the field. Though the cancer is in the early stages and is "very treatable and curable," Rivera still has contingency plans in place should his treatment prevent him from working the sidelines every Sunday.
Hired after the conclusion of the 2019 season, Rivera became Washington's head coach after spending the last nine years in Carolina. He took the Panthers to the playoffs four times and made it all the way to the Super Bowl in 2015.
Since his hiring, the franchise has taken on a new direction both on and off the field. Whether he's with the team or not during his inaugural season, Rivera figures to play a big part in helping Washington return to form as a championship-caliber organization.