NFL coaches have been in the headlines recently for their health issues, after it was learned that Denver Broncos head coach John Fox would need a heart procedure and Houston Texans head coach Gary Kubiak collapsed on the field during halftime of his team’s Week 9 game.
One man who is familiar with the stress of coaching and overcoming his on health issues is Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano, who missed time last season as he battled leukemia.
In an effort to show his support, Pagano reached out to the coaches to see how they were doing and lend his own advice.
“Hopefully they get things taken care of and get their health back,” Pagano said, via Mike Wells of ESPN.com. “We’re lucky. We’re playing a kid’s game. Our players are playing a kid’s game, but real life is real life. If you don’t have your health, you really don’t have nothing.
“I feel very fortunate, obviously to have behind me what I went through. But the game is the game. When it comes to a guy’s health and those things those guys are dealing with now is not easy. This game could be hard on you as we know.”
We will never know how tough it is to be a head coach, but it is obvious that the workload is severe. Add in health issues and it doesn’t get any easier.
Hopefully the coaches will be able to get fully healthy and return to the field sooner rather than later and they can continue their coaching careers without any additional issues.