FOOTBALL — 07 November 2012

Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano has started a second round of chemotherapy treatment in his battle with leukemia and he certainly has a lot of support!

Over two dozen players and support-staff personnel decided to shave their heads in support of Pagno.

“It’s all for Chuck,” punter Pat McAfee said on Tuesday. “We all don’t look good. I’m not built to have a bald head. I’ve got a huge sniffer.

“But we all love our coach so much that we want to show unity and let people know we’re all in this together. It’s a really cool thing.”

David Thornton, director of player engagement, had a barber waiting in the hallways as players walked-off after practice.  The list of players who decided to visit the barber include McAfee, Redding, placekicker Adam Vinatieri, safety Antoine Bethea, running back Donald Brown, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, corneback Darius Butler, linebacker Kavell Conner, offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, guard Joe Reitz and long-snapper Matt Overton.

On Monday it was announced that Pagano was in remission but is still scheduled for two more rounds of chemotherapy.

The Colts play in the Thursday nighter this week against the Jacksonville Jaguars. You can expect to see many players with bald heads.

McAffe, who along with Cory Redding was amongst the first to lose his hair also stated:

We haven’t been around each other very long. Our team was forced after all the changes to really build camaraderie and Chuck was that steadying piece. He motivated everybody. He was the guy that was pushing everything. We have grown to have a very close relationship with him in a short period of time.”

We’re a family and the coach is almost like a father figure. When something happens, you want to rally behind him.”

Colts long snapper Matt Overton shaved his head a few weeks back.

Andrew Luck joined the ‘no-hair’ club Wednesday morning. Check out him getting his head shaved:

 

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