Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano revealed Monday that his Leukemia is in remission, one day after delivering an emotional speech to his guys following another impressive victory. The team appears to be playing all-out for their coach, and the results have been quite impressive.
Cory Redding played for Chuck Pagano in Baltimore and he’s with him now in Indy. He joined Dan Dakich on 1070 The Fan in Indianapolis to discuss Pagano’s situation, the team’s feelings and the Colts’ mindset in their latest victory against Miami.
On Chuck Pagano being with the team for their victory Sunday:
“His impact was huge. Everybody plays for different reasons throughout their career, and this situation, this reason, is totally the difference. I believe it’s throughout the whole team … to go out and get a victory on the field so we can put ourselves in that playoff situation, to have Chuck back on the sideline to coach that game with us so we can go as deep as we can go. And that’s our goal as a team. Just to see him in the locker room, standing there before us, as he’s preparing mentally and physically to go through another round of a crucial, crucial Leukemia battle, which he’s obviously winning and doing really great on. So it was just a pleasure to see him there and lift everybody’s spirits up.”
On if he’s surprised by how Pagano has handled this situation:
“No, not at all. That’s just who he is. That’s the guy I met in Baltimore and the guy is continuing to be here with his enthusiasm, his playfulness, his seriousness about the game, his passion and love for it. All those things show, man. And he’s a very emotional guy and loves people, man. And when you have those qualities, you just have a great makeup for a great person and a great guy. And we have that in a coach, and that’s very good.”
On the team’s mind set entering the second half of Sunday’s game:
“It was very pleasing, man, to see my teammates rally. No matter what, through all the adversity we had throughout the game — plays we missed, points we missed off the board, missed tackle here and there — just the little things that just made the game tougher than what it was. To overcome those challenges on the field and go in the locker room at halftime and just look each other in the eye and say, ‘Enough is enough. Let’s stop beating ourselves, let’s go out there and play our style of defense, and just go out there and play for one another. And let’s win this game.’ And that was basically the mindset and the attitude coming out of halftime, and we showed up in the second half.”