It was announced yesterday that members of the Indianapolis Colts organization had begun to shave their heads in support of head coach Chuck Pagano, who was diagnosed with leukemia during the team’s bye week. Pagano is undergoing his second round of chemotherapy and the Colts players are showing solidarity and supporting their head coach.
Colts long snapper Matt Overton, punter Pat McAfee and kicker Adam Vinatieri were among the players to shave their heads and sent out this picture on Twitter yesterday.
Now, the Colts most high profile player has joined the in the support of the team’s head coach. ESPN’s Adam Schefter sent out this message Wednesday morning:
Cutting-edge news: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has shaved his head in honor of head coach Chuck Pagano.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 7, 2012
The fact that Luck, who has loads of endorsement deals, is willing to join his team to shave his head to show support for the head coach goes a long way in showing his character and leadership ability. It also says a lot about Chuck Pagano’s influence on the Colts young roster.
Pagano has obviously made his impact felt and has made this team a hard one to root against. Pagano has won the locker room over and that will go a long way in taking this team to the next level. The Colts are one of the feel good stories in the league and they have shown the promise of a team that can go a long way in the years to come.
Here is an image of the members of the Colts who have shaved their heads, via team owner Jim Irsay:
On a side note, it’s safe to say Andrew Luck will have to wait a while before returning to this mountain man look: