Aside from his players and fellow coaches, Chuck Pagano's road to recovery from leukemia was aided by the local community. Fans and non-fans alike banded together in the name of CHUCKSTRONG, a groundswell campaign that went far beyond the game of football.
By all accounts, the citizens of Indianapolis gave back to the Colts head coach in his time of need.
Now he's compelled to return the favor.
A day before he returns to Baltimore -- where he spent the last four years -- for the Wildcard Weekend tilt against the Ravens, Pagano published a letter in the Indianapolis Star, thanking the people of Indiana for their continued support.
To the people of Indiana:
When I accepted the job as head coach of the Indianapolis Colts last January, it was a dream come true for me and my family. I knew I was coming to an organization with a great owner and a great winning tradition. I knew Indy had great fans, but I might have underestimated just how great. Being new to the community...