The Indianapolis Colts are playing inspired football each week they take to the field in order to honor their sick coach Chuck Pagano. Now they are doubling their efforts off the field to support their coach by altering their appearance.
More than 30 Colts players shaved their heads on Tuesday to honor Pagano as he continues to battle leukemia. Quarterback Andrew Luck, receiver Reggie Wayne, defensive end Cory Redding, safety Antoine Bethea and kicker Adam Vinatieri were among the players who took part in the show of support.
Pagano was diagnosed with the disease on September 29 and ever since the Colts have been playing tremendous football and find themselves in second place in the AFC south at 5-3. Their head coach had not made an appearance with the squad while undergoing treatments until his emotional speeches before and after the Colts’ 23-20 win over the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday.
After their victory Pagano made an inspirational speech in front of his players saying that he will live to see his daughters get marred, he will dance at their weddings and he will lift multiple Lombardi trophies along the way.
Here’s the full video of that speech, it will give you goosebumps:
The Colts have embraced the motto ‘Chuck Strong’ and have played each of their games in honor of Pagano. It has shown in the way they have performed so far this season. They knocked off one of the top teams in the league at home, the Green Bay Packers in week five and they’ve followed it up by winning three of their next four games.
Luck and company have done their part on the field and it’s great to see them showing their support off the field as well. There is a lot more to life than football and it’s apparent that these players recognize that.
All of our thoughts are with Pagano and his family as they continue to fight through his disease. The Colts players are ‘Chuck Strong’ and the rest of the country is right there with them.