From the moment that the Indianapolis Colts announced that head coach Chuck Pagano had been diagnosed with leukemia back in October, the team and city rallied around him and his team. Whether it was Colts players shaving their heads in solidarity with their coach as he underwent chemotherapy or a class of third graders from Cardinal Elementary in Brownsburg, Ind. sending letters, each week seemed to produce another chapter in the #Chuckstrong narrative that was fast becoming one of the most compelling stories of the 2012 NFL season. With Pagano back with the team, his cancer in remission and his team on the eve of a playoff game, the 52-year-old coach, who is in his first season with the franchise, shared his gratitude in an open letter to “The people of Indiana” published in The Indianpolis Star. 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.
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