Bruce Arians cried when he heard about former player's injury
JUL 27, 2014 1:04p ET
Bruce Arians is thriving in the Arizona desert as he looks to build on the 10-6 record the Cardinals achieved in his first season as the team's head coach.
Arians said "I cried last night" when he heard Colts RB Vick Ballard went out for season. Arians coached Ballard in Indy.— Darren Urban (@Cardschatter) July 26, 2014
Why was he upset? Well, Arians was the offensive coordinator in Indianapolis back in 2012, which was Ballard's rookie season. Arians also became the interim head coach when Chuck Pagano missed several weeks to undergo treatment for leukemia. Ballard played a big role on that team, leading the Colts in rushing and playing a big factor in their run to the playoffs.
Just because coaches frequently change jobs, that doesn't mean they leave the relationships they forge at each stop in the rearview mirror. Arians cares deeply about his players and this shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone.
Ballard is staying upbeat in the wake of his injury. In fact, it seems he's determined to recover and get back on the field.
Best of luck, Vick!
(H/T to Pro Football Talk for the story)