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Cardinals’ Bruce Arians officially announces his retirement

Bruce Arians

The speculation has run rampant over the last few years about Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians and the possibility that retirement could be drawing near. Although Arians didn’t want to talk about his mindset about the possibility of walking away, the veteran head coach made his decision following the end of the season for the Cardinals.

The 65-year-old has announced his retirement with a desire to spend more time with his family being a major reason for his decision, via Shalise Manza Young of Shutdown Corner.

“It’s been a great ride,” Arians said. “Family is the big [reason why he’s retiring]…I probably didn’t truly know until that kick went through that I was going to retire. I know everybody speculated for months, everybody had a story – you now have the story. It’s been an unbelievable journey.”

Arians ends his time in the NFL on a high note playing playoff spoiler to the division rival Seattle Seahawks and being the most successful coach in team history for the Cardinals, via Young.

The 65-year old is the winningest coach in Cardinals history and got his 50th win with Arizona on Sunday when the team beat the Seahawks in Seattle, in a game the Seahawks had to win for a playoff berth.

The Cardinals were 49-30-1 in the regular season and 1-2 in the playoffs under Arians.

With Arians stepping away from the franchise, the Cardinals could be on the verge of an extensive rebuilding process. Veterans Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald may walk away from the game leaving Arizona to start from scratch with a new head coach and an uncertain future ahead.