And you thought the Chuck Pagano story couldn’t be much more moving.
The Indianapolis Colts, including quarterback Andrew Luck, have shaved their heads in a gesture of solidary with their coach, who is entering the second phase of chemotherapy for his treatable form of leukemia. He was told Monday that his disease is in remission. He is not, however, cured yet and the next round of chemo is expected to be especially grueling.
Pagano had addressed the team in a touching speech after the Colts improved to 5-3 with a victory over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday and, on Tuesday, about 25 players dispensed with their hair in a mass barbering session in the locker room.
Punter Pat McAfee tweeted photos of the players being shorn and of Cory Redding’s smooth pate. Matt Overton, the team’s long snapper, tweeted a photo of himself with McAfree and kicker Adam Vinatieri.
— Matt Overton (@MattOverton_LS) November 6, 2012
Colts owner Jim Irsay tweeted a photo of his bald team, with Sergio Brown opting to go orange isntead:
Buzzed heads and orange locks in honor of Chuck! instagr.am/p/RvOTlWJ62q/
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) November 7, 2012
The Colts are 4-1 under Bruce Arians, who is filling in for Pagano, and play the Jacksonville Jaguars on Thursday night. They’re eager to atone for a 22-17 Week 3 loss to the Jags in Indy and keep this story going. “The whole thing’s for Spielberg,” Arians told SI.com’s Peter King.