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They are Chuckstrong.
Chuck Pagano is no phony. Chuck Pagano, the coach of the Indianapolis Colts, was diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 26. He has been away from the team since then, in the hospital and dealing with the long and nauseating sting of chemotherapy treatments.
But he is still very much part of this team.
You may notice that a large number of players and coaches are bald. It isn’t a fashion statement. They are showing their support and love for Pagano. The guys include quarterback Andrew Luck, receiver Reggie Wayne, defensive end Cory Redding, safety Antoine Bethea and kicker Adam Vinatieri.
“We’re right in there with you, Chuck. You ball, we’ll ball,” Redding said. “We’re going to do this thing.”
This “thing” is to beat the cancer.
Pagano made his first visit with the team last Sunday before the team faced the Miami Dolphins, and gave emotional speeches before and after the Colts' 23-20 victory.
In the post-game euphoria, he told his team: "I got circumstances. You guys understand it. I understand it. It's already beat. It's already beat.
"My vision that I'm living is to see two more daughters, get married, dance at their weddings and then hoist that Lombardi several times.
"I'm dancing in two more weddings and we're hoisting that trophy together...Congratulations. I love all of you. Thank you so much."
No, thank you Chuck. Thank you Colts.
For all the nonsense that goes on in the world, and in sports, this is why fans keep buying tickets and embracing the game.
There is a emotional purity in this story that is hard to beat.
I hope and pray that Pagano beats this cancer thing.
And that he dances the night away with his two daughters.