Inside one of the most beautiful restaurants at the Breakers Resort in Palm Beach, Florida, I could see through the glass entrance of the restaurant, a man sitting at the end of the bar wearing a red Kangol hat. Of course, it was Bruce Arians. He sat alone, slowly sipping his usual cocktail. The view to his left was the stunning blue ocean, waves crashing on the perfectly manicured beach. Arians seemed to be still, sitting in peace, just staring ahead. (Seafood Bar - Dining | The Breakers)
It was almost odd to see an NFL head coach sitting by himself, a coach that won the Super Bowl just 14 months earlier. Maybe alone time was quality time for him on this Sunday. Either way, I quietly walked over, said hello for the first time in person in over two years, and received his usual warm welcome. Arians has always made time for my questions about football, always taking all my texts and calls about some of his on-field decision making over the years. He's consistently helpful with interviews I needed on tight deadlines, and, once, even invited me to his home in Arizona to shoot a feature about his life as the “quarterback whisper”. We spent a few hours shooting on camera at his home, but the most valuable time was sitting at his kitchen table talking about life. He has the best stories about his love for his wife, his care for his children, and an adorable little obsession with his grandkids.