Bucs head coach Bruce Arians has great take on family and football

By Vincent Frank
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First-year Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach Bruce Arians is a special type of personality.

It’s one of the reasons he’s been among the most-respected coaches in the football world for the past near half-century.

We don’t hear a lot about Arians’ family life. But he did open up about that aspect in a recent interview with Peter King of NBC Sports.

“If you miss a football game or recital, anything to do with your children, I’ll fire you,” Arians said. Because I missed a lot of that and those years don’t come back.”

That’s a blunt way to say that he requires his coaches be involved in their children’s lives.

Arians speaks from experience. He’s been in the coaching ranks since a stint as a graduate assistant with Virginia Tech back in 1975.

These are words that a lot of young coaches should heed.

Far too often, those in such a grueling business do everything possible to get an upper-hand in their careers. As Arians notes, that usually comes at the cost of family.

Good stuff from Mr. Arians here.