Bruce Arians Says He Used to Drink Paint as a Kid Before Playing Football

Andrew Gould@AndrewGould4Featured ColumnistJuly 13, 2017

SEATTLE, WA - DECEMBER 24:  Head coach Bruce Arians of the Arizona Cardinals looks on during the game against the Seattle Seahawks at CenturyLink Field on December 24, 2016 in Seattle, Washington.  (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)
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Kids will believe and do anything if they think they're gaining a competitive advantage. On more than one occasion as a young child, Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians drank paint before playing neighborhood football games.

As relayed by The Ringer's Kevin Clark, Arians told the bizarre tale of twice consuming paint in a Sirius XM interview.

Asked to elaborate during a SportsCenter appearance on Wednesday, Arians explained that he was "two or three" years old and "allergic to milk." His father had told his older brother that drinking milk would help him grow "big and strong," but since the younger Arians couldn't consume milk, he thought paint was a good substitute.

The second time around, he thought the green paint was ice cream.

Despite his paint-gulping beginnings, Arians has emerged as one of the NFL's brightest offensive tacticians. He recently revealed he was diagnosed with renal cell carcinoma last November and underwent surgery to remove a small part of his kidney in February.

[h/t For The Win]

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