Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano in 2009, now coaching while fighting leukemia in 2012
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Believe it or not, there are some things more important than sports. Personally, I know it is hard to remember that sometimes because of my passion for the game. When you hear stories like Chuck Pagano being diagnosed with a treatable form of leukemia, it really brings everything in perspective. Don’t be fooled though, because the first year coach of the Indianapolis Colts isn’t going to let a little thing like leukemia get in the way of him doing his job. Reports from Peter King from SI.com say that Pagano is still “very involved” with the team, including making the decision of whether to receive or defer the opening kickoff in the event the Colts won the toss.
Chuck Pagano remains hospitalized while he undergoes treatment for leukemia. As Peter King of SI.com explained during halftime of the Miami-Notre Dame game on NBC, Pagano’s involvement includes letting interim coach Bruce Arians know whether the elect to receive or to defer the choice if the Colts win the opening coin toss on Sunday against the Packers.
More importantly, Pagano said in an email that was sent to the team that “all is good,” and that he sees the people caring for him as the “most selfless people I know.” It’s stories like this that truly show the power that sports hold. Fans, coaches, and players alike are all rooting for Pagano to come back, and we are all #CHUCKSTRONG for him.
Pagano didn’t leave the fans out of his email either:
Pagano also had a message for the fans: “May the 12th Man be stronger than ever. You will make a difference. Need to hear you from C23! Room at Simon Cancer Center. . . . LET’S HUNT!”
As loud as they cheer for Luck an company in a few hours, remember that everyone is cheering even louder for you, coach.
By: Frank Santos- Sports-Kings Assistant Site Manager