49ers LB Coach Johnny Holland to Take Leave to Receive Treatment for Multiple Myeloma

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured Columnist IVAugust 30, 2021

SEATTLE, CA - SEPTEMBER 17: Linebackers Coach Johnny Holland of the San Francisco 49ers talks with Ray-Ray Armstrong #54 and NaVorro Bowman #53 on the sideline during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on September 17, 2017 in Seattle, Washington. The Seahawks defeated the 49ers 12-9. (Photo by Michael Zagaris/San Francisco 49ers/Getty Images)
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San Francisco 49ers linebackers coach Johnny Holland announced Monday that he would be taking a leave of absence after his multiple myeloma cancer returned following periods of remission and relapse.

Holland was first diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2019. He'll be taking time away from the team to undergo treatment.

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Holland, 56, had a seven-year playing career with the Green Bay Packers (1987-93), starting 100 games for the team.

He joined the 49ers in 2017 as linebackers coach and was a run-game specialist and outside linebackers coach for the last three years.

Jennifer Lee Chan @jenniferleechan

Kyle Shanahan says whenever Johnny Holland wants to come back to coaching he is welcome to return. The linebackers coach has meant a lot to the head coach and the entire <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/49ers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#49ers</a> team.

Josh Dubow @JoshDubowAP

<a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/49ers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#49ers</a> coach Kyle Shanahan says Johnny Holland has inspired the team through his fight with cancer: "I have as much love for Johnny as anybody I've been around." <a href="https://t.co/d23zPeEb2v">https://t.co/d23zPeEb2v</a>

Tracy Sandler @49ersfangirl

"I know he's impacted every single person he's gotten the opportunity to our coach. It's really shown with our linebackers." Shanahan on LBs coach Johnny Holland, who will step away from the team for treatment for multiple myeloma <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/49ers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#49ers</a>

Nick Wagoner @nwagoner

Johnny Holland is beloved by his players, fellow coaches and entire organization. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/49ers?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#49ers</a> wore t-shirts at practice last week with "I.G.Y.B." and his initials on them. I.G.Y.B., of course, meaning "I Got Your Back."

Previous NFL coaching stints included being the defensive quality control coach for the Packers (1995-97), a defensive assistant (2003-04) and linebackers coach (2005) for the Detroit Lions, linebackers coach for the Houston Texans (2006-10), linebackers coach for the Oakland Raiders (2012) and inside linebackers coach for the Cleveland Browns (2016).

He was also on the coaching staff of the UFL's Virginia Destroyers (2011) and the CFL's Saskatchewan Roughriders (2013) and B.C. Lions (2014-15).