CARMEL – Time and time again he has told the story of the ailment which he had to overcome just months after arriving in Indianapolis in the winter of 2012.
Now, like may others in sports who have a compelling narrative, Chuck Pagano has taken his journey into print.
On Saturday morning at Barnes and Nobles in Carmel the Colts’ head coach signed copies of his new book “Sidelined: Overcoming Odds Through Unity, Passion and Perseverance.” It’s a collection of chapters that add to this major segment of the life of the third-year head coach, who finished the team’s minicamp on Thursday.
“A lot of hard work went into it,” said Pagano of the book-which was written written with Bruce A. Tollner. “There’s a lot of people who had a hand in this. Most of this community, the organization, Mr. Irsay, the team.”
The book chronicles Pagano’s battle with Leukemia which started only a month into his first season with the Colts-and his first as an NFL head coach after a long run as an assistant in Baltimore. It discusses how Pagano perservered through the treatments for the cancer and with the help of team along with the community was able to return to the sidelines just three months later, helping the Colts to the NFL Playoffs.
“They didn’t know me and for this community and organization and this team and everybody to embrace me and my family and support us the way that they did it’s a debt that I can never repay,” said Pagano in reflecting on his Leukemia battle in 2012. “It just speaks to Hoosier Hospitality.”
Pagano hopes his book will help to give something back to fans as the relive what he went through two years ago.
“When you come together as a family and when you set you mind to something, you can overcome anything,” said Pagano. “Hopefully that whole living vision, not circumstances. It’s not your condition-my condition is I was diagnosed with Leukemia-my position was that I was here to serve, that I was going to beat cancer and be around for a long time for my family.”
Now his story will be too.