Of all the messages Ron Rivera’s received since revealing cancer diagnosis, Alex Smith’s stand out

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Ron Rivera revealed his cancer diagnosis less than 24 hours ago and has already received countless messages. Coaches around the league are also coming out on Rivera’s behalf.&nbsp;» data-reactid=»16″>Ron Rivera revealed his cancer diagnosis less than 24 hours ago and has already received countless messages. Coaches around the league are also coming out on Rivera’s behalf. 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Of all that outreach, however, one person's show of support stands out.&nbsp;In a Friday interview with Julie Donaldson, Rivera identified whom those&nbsp;texts belonged to.» data-reactid=»17″>Of all that outreach, however, one person’s show of support stands out. In a Friday interview with Julie Donaldson, Rivera identified whom those texts belonged to.

«There were some really cool ones,» he said. «But one that I really appreciated was from Alex Smith.»

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="While talking with Donaldson, Rivera was adamant that he'll approach this battle with a positive attitude, which is one thing the cancer can't take away from him. In Smith, he sees someone who’s doing exactly that as he recovers from his infamous leg injury.» data-reactid=»23″>While talking with Donaldson, Rivera was adamant that he’ll approach this battle with a positive attitude, which is one thing the cancer can’t take away from him. In Smith, he sees someone who’s doing exactly that as he recovers from his infamous leg injury.

«I texted Alex back and I told him, ‘Look, with a guy like you, I find strength,'» Rivera said. «And I really do. A young man who’s gone through what he’s gone through and he wants to wish you the best? It’s easy to find strength in a guy like that.»

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Of all the messages Ron Rivera’s received since revealing cancer diagnosis, Alex Smith’s stand out originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington» data-reactid=»31″>Of all the messages Ron Rivera’s received since revealing cancer diagnosis, Alex Smith’s stand out originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington