Months after Bruce Arians resigned as the head coach for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, he opened up about his newfound motivation for a healthy lifestyle.
When the 69-year-old initially announced his retirement from the NFL, he had 28 years of coaching experience under his belt. Prior to his position with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Arians was the head coach for the Arizona Cardinals from 2013 to 2017 and in one of his last years, he had an unsuspecting health issue sneak up on him.
Following a loss against the Minnesota Vikings, the coach had to be hospitalized due to high cholesterol levels. “You never want to wake up anybody or get that phone call at 3 o’clock in the morning, especially your wife. So, I had to wake her up and go to the hospital with chest pains,” Arians shared, speaking in an interview with Fox News about his hospitalization
“Everything said heart attack,” the former head coach recalled. “I was very fortunate it wasn’t but found out about the cholesterol levels and how bad they were. It was a big wake-up call.”
He added the sentiments, “It was a scary moment because when they start putting needles up your arm and go to your heart, that’s not fun.”
Bruce Arians calls high cholesterol the ‘silent killer’
Ever since his health scare, the NFL legend has actively been making strides toward living a healthier lifestyle. Nowadays, he makes time for exercise and eats a more nutritious diet. “September is cholesterol awareness month,” Arians said. “For me, it was a matter of getting the message out. Get it checked, let’s get a scorecard going, let’s make sure we’re keeping on top of this.”
As he continued sharing his experience with high cholesterol, he noted that being in high-stress situations contributes to poor health. “If you’re in a stressful job and you have bad cholesterol, that’s the silent killer. We’re fired up about coachingcholesterol.com,” he explained.
Since Arians’ departure from his position as head coach for Tampa Bay, he has taken on a new role with the team as a senior football consultant. He has emphasized the fact that his decision to step down was not due to his health, but that he is far happier now. “It was an easy decision for me. I think it shocked a lot of people, but I couldn’t be happier now. I have the best job in the world,” he said.
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