Colts shave heads to show moral support for Pagano
Indianapolis, IN, United States (4E Sports) – Indianapolis Colts players, staff and even front-office executives decided to shave their head to show moral support for their cancer-stricken head coach Chuck Pagano right after their Tuesday’s practice.
Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, punter Pat McAfee, defensive end Cory Redding and others sport a bald head for Pagano, who already underwent a second-round of chemotherapy to treat leukemia
“It’s all for Chuck,” McAfee told Indy Star Tuesday evening. “We all don’t look good. I’m not built to have a bald head. I’ve got a huge sniffer.
Colts director of player engagement David Thornton brought a barber in the hallway during Tuesday’s practice and players started to fall in line.
“But we all love our coach so much that we want to show unity and let people know we’re all in this together. It’s a really cool thing,” said McAfee.
Placekicker Adam Vinatieri, safety Antoine Bethea, running back Donald Brown, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, corneback Darius Butler, linebacker Kavell Conner, offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, guard Joe Reitz and long-snapper Matt Overton, Redding and McAfee were the first to have their hair shaved.
Luck and Reggie Wayne followed the next day.
Pagano made an indefinite leave since being diagnosed with leukemia on Sept. 26. After over a month of hospitalization, he was released from IU Health Simon Cancer Center on Oct. 21 and even attended Colts’ 23-30 win over the Miami Dolphins Sunday.