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Chuck Pagano has been the Colts head coach for less than a year.  However, in a short time he has made a major impact on the franchise and also the people of Central Indiana.  When Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia in late September, fans rallied behind the #Chuckstrong motto and showed their support in a variety of ways.

On the eve of the Colts Wildcard Playoff game, Pagano wrote a message thanking the fans.  The following letter was published in the Indianapolis Star late Saturday  night and will appear in their print editions Sunday:

To the people of Indiana:

When I accepted the job as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts last January, it was a dream come true for me and my family. I knew I was coming to an organization with a great owner and a great winning tradition. I knew Indy had great fans, but I might have underestimated just how great. Being new to the community I never expected the outpouring of support I received from Colts fans throughout the state and country. The love and support you showed my family and me gave me a tremendous amount of comfort and peace. Every letter, success story, prayer and act of kindness made this process a whole lot easier. I am also fortunate to have had some of the best doctors and nurses in the country right here in Indiana to care for me.

I am proud to serve as the head coach of your Colts. I take great pride in knowing that the team has persevered this season because you have shown them the same support you have shown my family and me. You have had a huge impact on my recovery and our season and I look forward to accomplishing great things here for a long, long time.

On behalf of the Pagano family, thank you for helping me heal and for showing our country that we do have the best fans in the entire world; fans whose love for their coaches and players extends way beyond the football field.

Sincerely,

 

Chuck Pagano

The Colts play Baltimore Sunday at 1:00 p.m. with the winner advancing to the Divisional Round of the NFL Playoffs to take on Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos next Saturday.

5 comments

  • JEFF SCHARLAU

    WE THE FANS OF THE INDIANAPOLIS COLT'S DO LOVE HOW YOU TOOK A 2-14 TEAM,AND TURNED IT AROUND IN LESS THEN A YEAR,AND MYSELF I HAVE ALWAYA BEEN A COLT'S FAN FROM DAY ONE,AND I HOPE THAT YOU COACHS TAKE THEM ALL THE WAY AND GET ANOTHER SUPER BOWL,AND WHEN YOU DO BEAT BALITMORE GO TO DENVER AND WALK ALL OVER THEM AND PAYTON MANNING'IT'S NOT THAT I DON'T LIKE HIM'IT,S JUST I WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE LOOK ON HIS FACE WHEN A ROOKIE QB FROM HIS FIRST TEAM SHOWS HIM UP

  • Angi Cooper

    Coach Pagano,

    I just want to say that I was not a huge Football fan before you were diagnosed. You have "we the people" in Indy and across the country backing you up 110%!!! I know am a very proud Colts fan! I've had my orange wrapped around my rear view mirror and steering wheel to remind me to pray for you and your family. Your team has shown you that they will kick ass even when their coach is down! I'm so proud of them, and so very proud if you. It seems as if you handled this like a CHAMP! Good luck to you, I'll continue to pray and keep you in my thoughts. Lets make Baltimore "Raven" bye bye to Indy with a loss today! Baahaaaa! Go get em' tiger!

    Angi Cooper

  • Lisa

    Awe Coach Pagano that was very sweet of you to say! We love our colts win or lose they are still ours!! And coach P. You know by now the entire fans from all over are beside you and your family 110% with whatever your family may want, Now that football is almost over, You need to concerate on you and healing and getting stronger…. We want you to be able to get back on that field, So get your rest so that you will be ready for the next season:) Yes it would of been nice to win,,, But that just gives us more time to practice up for next year! So you stay home and recoup and let the lovely ladies of your household take care of you and spoil you a littli bit 🙂 Just one more thing, I work for the ALL PRO- DAD WELL I HELP OUT ANYWAY, will your family be there? Coach Dungy will be there, Maybe maybe we will see you there.. Until then heal and MILK it for all you can get, lol make sure you have a bell to ring, That part is to annoy, LOL Above all!! Get Plenty of REST 😉 Thank you for the letter and for being a great coach!!!!!

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