The Washington Post

Rivera wins Halas award for prevailing over adversity


Washington Commanders Coach Ron Rivera was selected as the 2022 George Halas Award winner by the Profession­al Football Writers of America for his success in the face of adversity, the organizati­on announced Monday.

Rivera was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in 2020 and underwent 35 proton radiation treatments and three cycles of chemothera­py while continuing to coach. He lost 30 pounds during treatment, often needing daily rest periods between meetings and practices, and intravenou­s fluids during halftimes of games. But he never missed a game and helped lead Washington to its first playoff berth in five years.

“He’s tougher than nails,” Kansas City Chiefs Coach Andy Reid said in October. “You knew that as a player, and I was able to see it through his coaching, working with him firsthand [in Philadelph­ia]. Then the world got to see it.”

The morning after the Commanders’ October 2020 win over the Dallas Cowboys, Rivera celebrated his final treatment by ringing the bell at Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Virginia. Three months later, he learned he was “officially cancer free.”

Rivera still has regular checkups with doctors, and he said last year that he still deals with fatigue.

Rivera is the fourth member of Washington’s organizati­on to receive the award and the second in as many years. Rivera was on the ballot in 2020, but the honor went to Alex Smith after the former quarterbac­k returned from a lifethreat­ening leg injury and infection to help Washington win the NFC East.

— Nicki Jhabvala GIANTS: New York cut veteran cornerback James Bradberry.

A starter for the past two seasons and a Pro Bowl selection in 2020, Bradberry is a salary cap casualty. His release will save the Giants about $10 million. The team can designate him a postJune 1 release and save another $1.5 million on the cap for 2022.

Bradberry was signed as a free agent two years ago after a solid four seasons with the Carolina Panthers. He started 31 games the past two seasons, with 100 tackles (80 solo), four intercepti­ons and 35 passes defended.

The Giants attempted to trade the 28-year-old Bradberry, but his $21.9 million cap hit was an obstacle they couldn’t overcome.

MISC.: The Mississipp­i Department of Human Services sued retired quarterbac­k Brett Favre and several other people and businesses to try to recover millions of misspent welfare dollars.

The lawsuit says the defendants “squandered” more than $20 million from the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families program.

State Auditor Shad White said in October that Favre was paid $1.1 million for speeches but did not show up. Favre has repaid the money, but White said he still owes $228,000 in interest.

In a Facebook post, Favre said he did not know the money came from welfare funds.

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