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Who is Bruce Arians?
Bruce Charles Arians is a famous American professional football coach who is the current Tampa Bay Buccaneers head coach, in the National Football League (NFL). Arians were previously from 2013 to 2017, the head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. In the 2012 season, he was also the interim head coach of the Indianapolis Colts.
Away from the NFL, from 1983 to 1988, Arians was the head football coach at Temple. Bruce is highly recognized for his slogan ”No risk-it, no biscuit,” which empowers aggressive playcalling.
For most of his career, Bruce has been ab offensive assistant coach. He served his first NFL head coaching role with the Colts after head coach Chuck Pagano was treated for Leukemia. Arians were the interim head coach for 12 weeks, and led the team to a 9-3 record despite being at 2-14 the previous season, earning them a playoff berth. He was named AP NFL Coach of the Year for the season and became the first interim head coach to get the honor.
Bruce’s success with the Colts made him the Cardinals’ head coach for five seasons. He led the Cardinals to two postseason runs, one division title, and an NFC Championship Game appearance in 2015. Arians received a second Coach of the Year award following the 2014 season. After originally retiring in 2017, he came back in 2019 as the coach of the Buccaneers. Arians guided the team to their first playoff appearance since 2007 in the 2020 season. They also culminated with a Super Bowl win in Super Bowl LV, and Bruce became the oldest head coach to win a Super Bowl at the age of 68.
How old is Bruce Arians?
Bruce Charles Arians were born on October 3, 1952, in Paterson, New Jersey, U.S., and is aged 69 as of 2021. He shares his birthday with famous people including Denis Villeneuve, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Alicia Vikander, Gwen Stefani, ASAP Rocky, Tessa Thompson, Tommy Lee, George Bancroft, Timothy Thomas Fortune, among others.
Bruce Arians Family
Who are Bruce Arians’ parents?
Arians was born in Paterson, New Jersey to Catherine Arians and his spouse. His father’s information is not known and he has not revealed any information about him.
Does Bruce Arians have siblings?
It is not clear whether Arians has siblings or not, as he does not speak about them. We assume he is the only child of his parents as no one has come to the limelight as his siblings.
Bruce Arians Education
Arians attended William Penn High School in York, Pennsylvania after moving from York Catholic High School. He was a standout scholastic quarterback in high school. Bruce then studied at Virginia Tech college, where he played football as a quarterback in a wishbone offense for the Hokies football team.
Bruce Arians Interests
Arians joined CBS Sports as a game analyst for the NFL on CBS, on May 3, 2018. He worked alongside Greg Gumbel and Trent Green.
Together with his wife, he runs a charity called The Arians Family Foundation. It supports and develops programs to prevent and remedy the abuse and neglect of children. The foundation also supports the Court Appointed Special Advocated (CASA) program. He is also a lifelong advocate for racial inclusion and against discrimination and commented on the murder of George Floyd and the ensuing protests.
Bruce Arians Wife
Arians is married to his loving wife Christine Arians. The couple has two children together, a son and daughter, and live in Tampa, Florida, and on Lake Oconee in Greensboro, Georgia.
Bruce Arians Kids
Arians and his faithful wife have two children together. They have a son, Jake Arians, born on January 26, 1978, and a daughter, Kristi Anne, who was born on December 15, 1980.
Bruce Arians Height
American football coach and former player, Bruce, despite his old age, has a well-built, muscular, and fit body. He has an outstanding height of 5 ft 10 in (1.77 m) and a moderate weight of 102. 51 kg (226 lbs).
Bruce Arians Net Worth
American legendary football coach has been active in his coaching career from 1975 to the present. He has coached both college and NFL teams throughout his career in coaching and has built a big reputation for himself. Arians receives an annual salary of $8 million as a head coach and has garnered up an estimated net worth of $20 million as of 2021.
Bruce Arians Playing career
Arians studied and played college football at Virginia Tech. He was the starting quarterback in a wishbone offense as a senior in 1974 for the Hokies football team. Bruce finished 53 of 118 passing attempts for 952 yards with three passing touchdowns and 7 interceptions that season. He also rushed for 243 yards and eleven touchdowns.
Bruce held the school’s record for most QB rushing touchdowns with 11 in a season. He was the first white player to share a dorm room with a black player in VT history, who was James Barber, the father of Rhonde and Tiki Barber.
College coaching career
Arians started his coaching profession as a graduate assistant at Virginia Tech in 1975. He then served an assistant coaching position at Mississippi State University as a running back and wide receivers coach from 1978-80. Later he went to be a coach for the running backs at the University of Alabama from 1981-82 under Paul ”Bear” Bryant.
From 1983-88, Bruce was the head coach at Temple University. As the head coach for the Owls, he recorded a 27-39 overall record over six seasons. In the 1986 season, all of the six wins for Temple were later forfeited. This was because running back Paul Palmer, the runner-up in the Heisman Trophy voting in 1986, had signed with a sports agent prior to the season, making him ineligible.
Apart from Paul other standout players coached by Arians at Temple comprised cornerback Kevin Ross, offensive guard John Rienstra, safety Todd Bowles, and running back Todd McNair. Bowles, McNair, and Ross would all later work as NFL assistant coaches with or under Bruce. Following the end of his career here, he also served roles in Mississippi State as an offensive coordinator from 1993-95 and Alabama as an offensive coordinator in 1997. All these positions were between his NFL assistant coaching jobs.
NFL coaching career
By the conclusion of the college football season in 1988, Bruce was hired as a running backs coach for the Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL. While with the Chiefs he served with the coach who took him to the Steelers, Bill Cowher. He also served for one season in the New Orleans Saints as the tight ends coach in 1996. After his time, and making a great reputation, he got a job as the quarterbacks’ coach for the Indianapolis Colts in 1998.
Arians was the first quarterback coach of Peyton Manning after he arrived in the NFL. Later he was employed from 2001-2003 as an offensive coordinator for the Cleveland Browns under Butch Davis. He assisted the Browns to finish 9-7, second in the newly aligned AFC North, and to a wild card playoff berth, losing to the Steelers 36-33 in the first round. While at the Browns he served with Chuck Pagano for the first time, who worked as the Browns secondary coach from 2001 to 2004.
Bruce was hired after the 2003 season by the Steelers to be their wide receivers coach, assisting them to win Super Bowl XL. He was then promoted to offensive coordinator in 2007 and would carry on to win Super Bowl XLII. In spite of his big success in Pittsburgh, he was criticized for his gambling behavior, as he liked to take big risks, which the fans did not like. In his offense the quarterback is often exposed: Ben Roethlisberger received numerous sacks every year and it left the team’s front office angry. This behavior led the front office to not renew Bruce’s contract as an offensive coordinator, holding on to the end of his contract after the 2011 season.
Bruce agreed to be the offensive coordinator of the Indianapolis on January 28, 2012, taking the place of Clyde Christensen. Bruce was reunited with his former Colts player Peyton Manning for a short time before he was released two months later. Arians were named the Interim head coach of the Colts on October 1, 2012, after coach Chuch Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia. He led the team to a 9-3 record, which was part of one of the biggest one-season turnarounds in NFL history. His nine wins are the most in NFL history by an interim head coach.
Following their win in only two games in 2011, the Colts went back to the playoffs. Pagano came back as head coach on December 24, 2012, and Arians went back to his position as offensive coordinator. He missed the Colts Wild Card Round loss to the Ravens as he was hospitalized with an illness, which the doctors described as an inner ear infection or a virus. Arians also missed practice due to the flu on January 3. He was then named the 2012 AP Coach of the Year, making him the first interim head coach to receive the award.
The Arizona Cardinals and Bruce agreed on a 4-year contract on January 17, 2013, making him the 40th head coach.
Bruce took a chance on troubled LSU defensive back Tyrann Mathieu in the 2013 NFL Draft. Tyrann had been kicked off the LSU football team and arrested for drug possession before the draft. Arians became the first Cardinals head coach since Norm Barry in 1925 to record a minimum of nine victories in his first season with 10-6 in 2013.
By the end of the 2014 season, the Cardinals had an 11-5 record and were the No. 5 seed in the NFC. Their 11 wins tied their franchise record for most wins in a season. Bruce guided the Cardinals to a 9-1 start, the best in the NFL. However, injuries to starting quarterback Carson Palmer and backup Drew Stanton, led to the Seahawks taking the divisional title with a 12-4 record. Almost half of the team was put on IR between Week 8 and Week 17. The injury tormented the Cardinals and they were eliminated by the Carolina Panthers in the Wild Card Round, 27-16. Bruce was named AP Head Coach of the Year for the second time in three seasons after the season.
The Cardinals revealed a new four-year contract with Bruce on February 23, 2015, keeping him with the Cardinals to the 2018 season. Starting 3-0 for a second consecutive season, in 2015, he guided the team to a franchise-record in season wins, ending the season with a 13-3 record. The team defeated the Packers 26-20 in overtime in the Divisional Round, Bruce’s first playoff victory as a head coach. In the NFC Championship, the Cardinals lost again to the Carolina Panthers, this time in a 49-15 blowout the following Sunday.
Bruce led the Cardinals to a record of 7-8-1 in the 2016 season.
Bruce mentioned his retirement from coaching after five seasons with the Cardinals, after the 2017 season.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Bruce agreed to terms on a four-year deal on January 8, 2019, to come out of retirement and was the 12th head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Bruce mentioned in the offseason for the Buccaneers that he could win now with the team he had. He had faith in Jamels Winston, claiming with quarterbacks coach Clyde Christensen and offensive coordinator Byron Leftwich, he is in great hands. He put together the largest coaching staff in the NFL for the 2019 NFL season with a total of 28 assistants.
Bruce said that one of his intentions was fixing the defensive secondary. The team surrendered a league-worst passer rating (110.9) yards per attempt (8.2) and completion percentage (72.5), in the 2019 season. Within the first season with the Buccaneers to a 7-9 record completing third in the NFC South.
In his second season, the Buccaneers signed longtime New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady to a two-year deal on March 20, 2020. The Buccaneers exchanged for Brady’s former teammate and former Patriots tight ends Rob Gronkowski on April 21, 2020, and he came out of retirement to play for the team with Brady.
Bruce guided the Buccaneers to an 11-5 record, acquiring a Wild Card spot, the team’s first playoff berth since 2007. Following winning three straight road games against the Washington, Saints, and Packers, they made it their second Super Boel appearance in Super Bowl LV. The playoff wins were the team’s first since the 2002 season when they won Super Bowl XXXVII. Bruce is the first head coach to lead an NFL team to play and win a Super Bowl in their home stadium after they beat the Chiefs 31-9 in Super Bowl LV.