Pagano humbled by Halas Award honor

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INDIANAPOLIS – His fight to overcome Leukemia during the 2012 season has earned Chuck Pagano another prestigious NFL Award

On Monday Chuck Pagano was announced as the recipient of the George Halas Award, voted on by the members of the Professional Football Writers of America. The honor is given annually to an NFL player, staff member or coach who has overcome the most adversity for success in a given season.

Pagano was given the honor after his fight with Leukemia during the 2012 season. Diagnosed after the Colts’ third game of the season Pagano maintain of positive attitude and spirit throughout the fight, returning to the sidelines for the team’s regular season finale against Houston. The win over the Texans that day helped the Colts finish 11-5 on the season and qualify for the NFL Playoffs.

“I am honored and humbled to receive this award,” said Pagano in a statement released by the Colts Monday afternoon. “The encouragement I received from my family, friends, the Irsay family, the Colts organization, the City of Indianapolis and fans around the country was overwhelming. The outpouring of prayers, love and support from a community that hardly knew me, made me realize how fortunate and proud I am to serve this organization and city.”

Pagano is the 44th winner of the award and the fourth member of the Colts to be honored. Bert Jones (1979), Jim Harbaugh (1997) and Tony Dungy (2006) were also winners of the Halas Award while with the Colts.