Despite loss, Colts season uplifts fans and businesses

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INDIANAPOLIS – Despite Sunday’s loss, it certainly seems the Indianapolis Colts have a bright future ahead. The team’s incredible run is making a big impact throughout the city.

When it comes to cheering for this new Colts team, there are no sore losers.

“We’ve gone further than anyone thought we would,” said Heather Rader, a Colts fan.

Some businesses called it a blessing. The Colts season has recharged spirits as all eyes were on quarterback Andrew Luck’s debut. Business at the Indianapolis Colts Grille downtown doubled from last year.

“They uplifted the town a little bit with the way they played this year and how much heart went out when the coach went down.” said Mike Duganier, Indianapolis Colts Grille Genera Manager.

That heart spread from the players, cheerleaders to the fans as the community rallied to support Head Coach Chuck Pagano after he was diagnosed with leukemia. The disease was brought to the spotlight with those two words: Chuckstrong.

“As young as this team was, the way they’ve turned out, it’s outstanding,” said Doug Legge, a Colts fan. “Next year will only get better. It only gets better from here.”

While luck may not have been their side, Andrew Luck still is — as fans look forward to next season.

“Definitely not a storybook ending, but it was in a way it was,” said Duganier. “What a great year.”