Pagano delivered a passionate post-game speech after the Indy win.
The Chuck Pagano era was barely underway in Indianapolis when the Colts coach was diagnosed with leukemia, likely limiting his ability to coach in 2012. That hasn't stopped the Colts from succeeding, though -- after Sunday's 23-20 win over the Dolphins, Indy is 5-3 and currently in line for the fifth seed in the AFC.
Pagano has inspired the Colts with the #CHUCKSTRONG movement and he inspired them Sunday. Pagano pulled off his hat, revealing the effects of his chemotherapy and delivered what might be the finest moment of the 2012 NFL season to date, a rousing post-game speech to the Colts following their victory.
"I mentioned before the game that you guys were living in a vision and you weren't living in circumstances," Pagano said. "Because you know where they had us in the beginning. Every last one of them. But you refused to live in circumstances and you decided conciously as a team and as a family to live in a vision. And that's why you bring things home like you brought home today.
"That's why you're already champions and well on your way. I got circumstances. You guys understand it. I understand it. It's already beat. It's already beat. My vision that I'm living is to see two more daughters get married, dance at their weddings and then hoist that Lombardi several times. I'm dancing at two more weddings and we're hoisting that trophy together."
If you cried, it's OK. Things got a little dusty in my office, too.
That's not just because it would shatter ratings and the storyline is bananas, even for the NFL. It's because it would mean the Colts making the playoffs, something that seemed impossible several months ago when we all assumed, like Pagano said, that the circumstances surrounding the team would conspire to keep them down.
Boy were we wrong.
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