Posted November 07, 2012

Colts go bald in support of Chuck Pagano

Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts have gone 4-1 since their head coach, Chuck Pagano, announced that he was suffering from leukemia and took a leave of absence. Pagano joined his team in the locker room following Sunday’s win over the Dolphins and [si_launchNFLPopup video='f8a7a94cb3184e958e145a82ba7b507e']delivered a victory speech[/si_launchNFLPopup] — arguably, the most emotional and inspiring moment of the NFL season thus far.

And while the Colts continue to hunt a playoff berth on the field, they’re also rallying together off it to show support for their coach. In honor of Pagano, whose cancer is now, thankfully, in remission, several members of the team [si_launchNFLPopup video='de7ee5db08014eff8d52a81f22566a8e']shaved their heads after Tuesday’s practice[/si_launchNFLPopup].

The photo evidence, courtesy of the Colts’ Instagram page:

That’s Andrew Luck (No. 12) tucked away in the back there — we’ll no doubt see much more of Luck’s bald dome on Thursday night, when the Colts face Jacksonville in a nationally-televised game.

His teammate, Robert Mathis, expressed his appreciation for Luck’s participation, on Twitter:

Tight end Coby Fleener, also a teammate of Luck’s at Stanford, used the opportunity to took a shot at his quarterback:

More than 20 players in all took part in the head-shaving. Long snapper Matt Overton tweeted out a better look at (left to right) himself, punter Pat McAfee and kicker Adam Vinatieri following the impromptu barbershop session:

Defensive back Sergio Brown took things in a different direction. Rather than say farewell to his trademark dreadlocks, Brown dyed his hair orange — that’s the color used to show support for leukemia research, like the color pink for breast cancer.

He posted a picture of his new look on Instagram:

There remains an indefinite timetable on Pagano’s absence from the Colts, though interim coach Bruce Arians said last week that the hope is that Pagano can return for Indianapolis’ Week 17 game on Dec. 30. In the meantime, it’s clear, even more so now, that his team has not forgotten him.

13 comments
TerryClark
TerryClark

Its amazing to me the hard cold feelings of many people.  These guys didn't shave their head to find a cure, these guys shaved their head to let a friend know they cared.  If you have never been diagnosed with a serious disease you can't know how much that means to the sick person.  To the Colts, again, after your gesture of meeting the old man at the game, and now this, once again you move up another notch on my ladder.  You guys have a great heart and other people who have the opportunity to be role models could take note of this.  My thanks, my respect and my support of all of you for your kindness.  

MarcDunn
MarcDunn

billions keep going to FIND a cure WHATS UP----- no cure------PLEASE FIND ONE SOON

Joe39
Joe39

I see 4 comments down below...and they are all negative!  Wow....  first:  how do you know that none of them donate their money?  2nd:  How do you know that the rest of the team will not follow suit?  3:  I know many seriously ill people who WOULD like the tribute, regardless of how it is shown and by whom, to show some support towards their recuperation.  What has happened to this world????  Why do I continue to read comments after stories?  I need to stop!

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

Nice gesture and all, but maybe if each of those millionaire elite athletes contributed their money and/or their time to the cause of cancer research, it would have a more lasting and significant impact.

popinton
popinton

What about the rest of the team?!  The majority of the team didnt think that doing an insignificant thing like cutting your hair in support of your coach was worth it. 

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

 @Joe39 Tell you what, Joe ... when you or someone in your family goes blind from glaucoma, like my grandfather did, I'll wear a blindfold to "show you some support". Of course, the next person after that who goes blind will really appreciate it, too.

 

Or how about this ... when you or someone in your family develops coronary heart disease, like my mother did, I promise to huff and puff and gasp for breath all day long to "show you some support". Of course, the next person after that who suffers from this killer disease will likewise really appreciate it, too.

 

As I said in my first post, what these players did was a nice gesture. But you need to take a longer range view of these things because they affect a lot more people in the world than just this one football coach, or just me or just you.

 

I don't begrudge for a second the huge sums of money these athletes are paid. But from those who receive much, much is expected. When you make a lot of money, you incur an obligation to the world, beyond that of simply "showing support". No, I don't know that these players didn't donate their money, but that's not what the story was about. The story was about shaving their heads to "show some support." My point is that, again, while perhaps a nice gesture, in the long run it's a hollow one.

Bill31
Bill31

 @Joe39 I agree 100%.  Every single one of your points are right on.  So many people make dumb comments without knowing any facts at all...just automatically assume the worst.  All four of the people below should be ashamed.

Tiger Al
Tiger Al

 @popinton Shaving your hair off does not  actually cure anybody of anything and many seriously ill people couldn't care less if you do or not . 

JohnB
JohnB

Wow, what an angry and ignorant human you are. No wonder you wouldn't want to share your last name.

 

To even compare showing support to a cancer fighter by symbolically shaving your head with wearing a blindfold for glaucoma victims shows the severe depth of your anger and pure stupidity.

Tiger Al
Tiger Al

 @Bill31  @Joe39  My loved one didn't like losing her hair to chemo and was not moved when others imitated it. Sorry.

John NoLastName
John NoLastName

 @JohnB And your last name is .... ummm ... "B"?

 

Looks to me like you're the one spewing anger. And you can't make the connection between "showing support" for one disease and showing it for another? Jeez, it's not rocket science. Too complicated for you?

 

I'll bow out now. You can continue your spouting off and playground name-calling all you like.

Joe39
Joe39

 @Tiger Al  @Bill31 My mom was moved by it.  I didn't say it was 100%.  I'm just so tired of everything....EVERYTHING...it could be a story about rescued puppies...and people have to be throw negative comments right behind it.