Bruce Arians was hospitalized the other day for pain in his chest, you never want to see anyone go to the hospital for any reason but could this have been prevented if his team, the Arizona Cardinals was doing better?

If you ask Larry Fitzgerald he seems to think so. He spoke to Paola Boivin of the Arizona Republic and he didn’t hold back.

“I think there’s a trend here, It’s stressful when we’re playing bad. We were 13-2 last year and he was feeling good. As a player, you feel partly responsible for what’s happened. A lot of that falls on our shoulders.

“At times when you’re in the midst of a season, and things are not going the way you want them to go, you can lose sight of [what’s important],” Fitzgerald said. “You feel like the world’s closing in on you. You go out to eat at restaurants and people are telling you how bad you are and how bad you’re playing, you kind of lose sight of real-world perspective. Something like this really snaps you back to reality. . . .

“It makes you appreciate real life. Obviously, (losing) in Minnesota, it sucked. … But we’re human beings. At the end of the day, we love Coach. We want to see him healthy and live a long, long life and that’s really what it’s about.”

It brings up an interesting thought about coaches in general. Do they get themselves worked up to the point that they make themselves physically ill? The answer has to be a resounding yes. The amount of pressure and stress they put on themselves is bound to show up in different ways.

Arians was battling diverticulitis earlier this year and that can be exacerbated with stress. Take it from me, someone who has a similar intestinal disorder that it doesn’t help in the slightest.

It’ll take great amount of effort to get Arians back on the right path. You have to come to the realization that the sport you love and the game you coach is adversely effecting you. Urban Meyer had a reawakening and whether or not you believe his story is completely irrelevant, the idea of stepping away to get yourself on track is more important than wins and losses.

Hopefully Arians can find good health and keep it, even without football in his life.


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