Washington Football Team’s Ron Rivera completes final cancer treatment

The Washington Football Team secured a victory against their NFC East rival Sunday, but their most important celebration took place Monday morning.

Head coach Ron Rivera, who remained on the sidelines for Washington's 25-3 victory against the Dallas Cowboys, celebrated his final cancer treatment Monday at the Inova Schar Cancer Institute in Fairfax, Virginia. 

As Rivera, 58, walked the hall towards the ceremonial "victory bell," staff wearing "Rivera Strong" shirts cheered and threw confetti in the emotional and joyous send-off.

When told he would receive a signed and framed "small token of recognition of your courage and perseverance" from the staff, Rivera told the gathered group, "Please do. That's awesome. Thank you guys."

It’s a different kind of Victory Monday 💛#RiveraStrongpic.twitter.com/tgiZgOpBGC

Rivera’s wife Stephanie Rivera also shared the good news on social media.

“Very emotional moment for @RiverboatRonHC,” Stephanie Rivera tweeted. “Hope others battling cancer can also look forward to ringing their bell when they complete treatment #RiverStrong #roadtorecovery #thankyouInova.”

Washington Football Team coach Ron Rivera (center) talks with linebacker Jon Bostic (53) and field judge James Coleman (95). (Photo: Brad Mills, USA TODAY Sports)

Rivera announced in August that he was diagnosed with squamous cell carcinoma in a lymph node and would continue coaching while receiving treatment. 

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