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Arizona Cardinals Head Coach Announces Retirement

Bruce Arians has announced he’s stepping down from his position as head coach of the Arizona Cardinals. His retirement comes after five years with the team.

Arians won a franchise-record 50 games in his time with Arizona. For fans, he’s best known for his colorful vocabulary and love of wide open offense.

During an emotional press conference Monday morning, Arians says there are many factors behind his decision to retire from coaching.

"It’s been a great ride," he said. "There will be reasons. Family is a big one. And I will miss the game. "

Arians has also had health issues in recent years, including treatment for diverticulitis and a successful fight against kidney cancer last offseason.

Michael Bidwill is the team’s president. He says Cardinals leadership is proud of the culture Arians has helped to build within the Cardinals team.  

"Really proud of the success he’s had with the coaching staff and all the players that have played for us. As well as what he’s done in the community. Just not on the field but the off the field things," Bidwill said.

Bidwill says he found out about Arians retirement on Sunday. He adds the search for a replacement will begin immediately.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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