Denver Broncos coach John Fox is currently relaxing at his home in Charlotte, N.C., after undergoing aortic valve replacement surgery on November 4.
That does not mean he plans to stay on the couch for long.
Fox told reporters he intends to resume coaching his team before the end of this season during a conference call this past Tuesday.
"Oh, yeah, I don't think there's any question — there's always a question — but my goal and dream is to be out there before the conclusion of this season," Fox said (via The Denver Post).
Fox, 58, also said his condition has been monitored for the past 17 years, but it became “progressively worse a year ago," according to The Denver Post. He later said his heart condition was genetic and not related to his lifestyle or the pressures of coaching, which was a presumption by some NFL observers.
"Sure, there's a lot of pressure and stress involved in coaching," Fox said (via The Denver Post). "But I think a lot of people out there in Denver and around the country and around the globe have pressure-packed jobs. Our military comes to mind that I don't think coaching compares to.
"It wasn't the pressure of coaching or that kind of thing. It was what they call a bicuspid aortic valve, where there's two flaps inside that valve, and most people have three flaps. It was something I was born with."
Fox proceeded to thank all the well-wishers from the Broncos community, plus said he speaks with interim head coach Jack Del Rio daily.
Denver will play against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night at home.
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