As offseason work came to a close, coach Bruce Arians mentioned his charity golf tournament coming up in Georgia, where he owns a home. Arians is an avid golfer, and with his newly formed Arians Family Foundation, he’d have a linchpin event to raise money. The tourney, which is scheduled to have Patrick Peterson and Karlos Dansby (along with Ben Roethlisberger, Reggie Wayne and Jerome Bettis) is underway.
The Arians Family Foundation raises money both for programs to battle cancer as well as programs to help and prevent neglected children.
The cancer aspect hits Arians close, and not just because he was sporting the thick layer of zinc oxide on his nose during minicamp after having some cancerous cells scraped off. Unfortunately, Arians and the disease already had a history.
Back in 2007, Arians – as the Steelers wide receivers coach – was a serious candidate to follow Ken Whisenhunt to the Cardinals and be part of his staff. Instead, new coach Mike Tomlin promoted Arians to offensive coordinator.
“Everything happens for a reason,” Arians told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review in 2009. “Had I gone to Arizona with Kenny, I probably wouldn’t have gotten a physical that year. But I stayed and that week, I got my physical.”
Arians was diagnosed with prostate cancer and had it treated. Now he is raising money to make sure others catch such things in time.
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