Washington football head coach Ron Rivera is cancer free, his wife, Stephanie, and daughter Courtney tweeted Thursday.
“The PET scan said it all, cancer has lost you this fight,” wrote Stephanie Rivera.
Prayers have been answered. Thank you to all the doctors and nurses who “coached” @RiverboatRonHC and me and gave us the winning game plan to beat cancer. The PET scan said it all, cancer you lost this fight! #RiveraStrong
– Stéphanie 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 has been able to coach the entire 2020 NFL season, although he said in the first weeks that he felt extreme fatigue following the treatments. He led Washington to the NFC East Championship in his first season with the team despite going 7-9. Washington lost to future NFC champion Tampa Bay in the playoff round.