Only a matter of time until an NFL coach dies on the field

On Monday, it was reported that Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians required admittance to a hospital on Sunday night after the coach was experiencing chest pains. Arians is expected to be okay and return to his coaching duties for the team’s next game, but this is not the first time in which his health has resulted in him receiving a fancy plastic hospital bracelet.

Back in August, Arians needed to stay overnight in a San Diego hospital after suffering some stomach discomfort that was eventually revealed to be caused by Diverticulitis (a digestive tract condition that forced UFC fighter Brock Lesnar into retirement back in 2011).

The Arizona coach’s most recent health scare is just the latest example of an NFL coach literally sacrificing everything, including his own life, for the betterment of his team.

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has had his fair share of health problems during his time in the NFL. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians has had his fair share of health problems during his time in the NFL. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak spent a night in a local hospital in October after he was experiencing flu-like symptoms that were eventually diagnosed as, “a complex migraine condition.” Additionally, while with the Houston Texans in 2013, Kubiak actually collapsed in the middle of a game and had to remain hospitalized for two days after suffering a mini-stroke.

Former Broncos head coach John Fox had his own health scare in 2013.

He missed a month of the season that year after undergoing heart surgery that he had been putting off because he did not want to let down his team. After needing to stay overnight at a Denver hospital in November 2013, he knew his life had to become his number one priority and the surgery had to be done.

No head coach has ever died on the field during a game in the league’s lengthy history, but it almost seems inevitable if something does not change soon.

The stress and expectations that come with their job has led to some NFL head coaches, like Denver's Gary Kubiak, to have an unplanned slumber party in a hospital bed for a night or two. (Photo Source: Twitter)
The stress and expectations that come with their job has led to some NFL head coaches, like Denver’s Gary Kubiak, to have an unplanned slumber party in a hospital bed for a night or two. (Photo Source: Twitter)

NFL coaches have always been known to go above and beyond when it comes to how much time they put into their position each week. In 2013, former Detroit Lions head coach Jim Schwartz revealed that he thinks the job requires a work week of around 100 hours.

Based on how much these coaches spend at their jobs each week, one can assume that stress is often a factor in the suffering health of some of these men. Arians believes that the stress of being the head coach at Temple University was the likely cause of some of his earliest health problems during his coaching career.

I know when I was at Temple my last year, I was having three migraines a week. The day I got fired, I didn’t have another migraine.

Bruce Arians, Arizona Cardinals head coach

Many years later, Arians is still coaching and still having issues with his health. Something that is far from a random coincidence.

Player safety has been a big focal point for the NFL recently, but perhaps more focus should be placed on the health of the league’s head coaches as well? If something is not done soon, the NFL could find their name in the headlines for all the wrong reasons once again.