Finally, it appears that story will find a happy ending.
Pagano, who had been diagnosed with leukemia on September 26th, has been enduring multiple sessions of chemotherapy. He has spent the past few weeks regaining his strength. Now Pagano has been medically cleared by his physician to return to the team on Monday.
The players are incredibly excited for the return of their leader, their coach and most importantly, their friend.
“It’s going to be crazy,” Colts safety Antoine Bethea said. “It’s going to be a great moment, just having him back on an everyday basis with the team, knowing that’s what he really wants, back with us coaching and back on the sideline. Obviously we know it’s going to be emotional. It’s going to be a great time.”
People all over the world have been rooting for the Colts this year. It truly is a remarkable story.
The Colts, after a disappointing 2-14 2011 campaign, can clinch the playoffs with a win against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday. If they take care of business, they can celebrate with their beloved head coach just one day after. And how fitting, that day is Christmas Eve. Everyone knows how important family and good times are during the holiday season. So with Pagano returning just hours before Christmas, could you have scripted it any better?
This has by far been the story of the year in sports. I mean, I am honestly smiling while writing this article. It has affected the entire football universe, as well as the world itself. I’m sure Pagano, his family and the Colts organization are receiving the one present they have been wishing for, one that won’t fit under any tree.