A familiar face is returning to the Valley after retiring three months ago. Former Head coach of the Arizona Cardinals Bruce Arians and his family are back in town for his 5thannual charity golf game for the Arians Family Foundation.
The coach was gracious to come on the Kazual Sports show on NBC Sports Radio 1060 am and talk about the family charity work and what life has been like since retirement. We also chopped it up about some Cardinals stuff and I was a bit surprised at a few of his responses.
The Arians Family Foundation is designed to help raise money and awareness of the many children that need foster families throughout the Valley, who would otherwise not have anywhere else to turn for someone to just care about their well being. Christine Arians used to be an Attorney-law who worked with CASA, which stands for Court Appointed Special Advocates. If you don’t know what they are, they are a national association in the United States that supports and promotes court-appointed advocates for abused or neglected children in order to provide children with a safe and healthy environment in permanent homes.
Coach came on the show and helped us understand this need a little better and what we can do to help the situation. The events that the Arians family put on every year are very entertaining events, but they are designed to aid in building more awareness and funding that may lead to more safe homes for these unfortunate children.
The Arians Family Foundation has been doing its part right here in the Valley in Arizona and also in his hometown of Georgia. Arizona has had a high number of these cases before Arians started their work. The system had over 15,000 children in the foster system and only 800 CASA programs to aid in getting homes for these children. Since their work efforts, the foundation has decreased the number of children in need of safe homes because the number of CASA programs have increased due to the awareness and works from organizations like the Arians Family Foundation.
This was a brilliant plan on the Arians family’s part, as Christine worked in the court system as an Attorney and was in need of a famous face to bring in the finances to fund this great cause. Of course 5 years ago that famous face was then the new Head Coach of the Arizona Cardinals and after what he accomplished in Indianapolis, taking over for the ill Chuck Pagano, Coach Arians popularity rose to an all-time high. This popularity along with the hard grunt work of wife Christine and family, the children of the Valley have a fighting chance.
After the serious talk was concluded, we then shifted things for the retired head Coach and got his thoughts on a few things concerning the Arizona Cardinals. The coach was asked about if he would have taken Sam Bradford as his quarterback if he were still coaching.
It surprised me that Sam Bradford would be a fit for an offense that required him to hold on to the ball longer. But coach made it clear that as a coach the system is tailored to the style of quarterback one has, and Bradford would have fit perfectly.
The next surprising thing that he mentioned was his love for draft prospect Lamar Jackson. After I stated that they didn’t ever take running style QB’s BA said “ He’s not that, he’s a passer that just happens to have talent running” after that I began to think the Cardinals just may take Lamar Jackson in this year’s draft.
Finally, the coach was asked about his future, and he alluded to his many interviews with every Network. The coach couldn’t tell us concrete information but he did say there is a contract in the works. So we should be expecting to see coach behind the microphone and he is very excited about staying close to the game he loves.
I believe this was the first interview with coach Arians in the Valley since retirement, and as usual with a swag that he brings, he didn’t miss a beat or hasn’t lost a step. He still draws the crowd as you will see in the long list of celebrities attending his charity event this weekend held at the Wild Horse Pass in Chandler.