Chuck Pagano, head coach of the Indianapolis Colts, has become one of the most inspiring, intriguing personalities in the game of football. Only three games into his rookie season in 2012, Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia, sidelined by the side effects chemotherapy and months of recovery.
Undeterred, Pagano didn’t let the confines of his hospital bed keep him from coaching: texts, calls, and emails kept him in constant contact with players, staff, and assistants. Motivated to be just as strong and determined as their ailing coach the team started winning game after game, compiling an impressive 11-5 record.
The players weren’t the only ones touched by Pagano’s hope and strength of character. Inspired by the tenacity and toughness of their beloved coach, a newcomer to town, thousands of fans united to form Chuckstrong, a movement that soon raised millions to help beat cancer. Pagano, fueled by his faith, his family, and his love of football, returned to lead the Colts to another winning season and the divisional playoffs in 2013.
With Pagano’s practical lessons on living, loving, and leading, Sidelined, which includes an 8-page color photo section, inspires us all to stay in the game and never accept defeat.
|Contributor(s)||Chuck Pagano , Bruce A. Tollner|
|About the Contributor(s)||Chuck Pagano
Chuck Pagano has been the head coach of the Indianapolis Colts since January 2012. He has been involved with football as a player or coach since his childhood, starting back in his Little League Football days. In 2013, he was selected by the Pro Football Writers of America as the George Halas Award winner. His hometown is Boulder, Colorado. Between 1984 and 2000, Pagano coached at USC, the University of Miami, Boise State (where he met his wife, Tina), East Carolina, and UNLV. He spent the 2007 season as the defensive coordinator at the University of North Carolina. Prior to coming to the Colts, he was the secondary coach with the Cleveland Browns and the defensive backs coach with the Oakland Raiders. From 2008 to 2010, he was the secondary coach with the Baltimore Ravens, and the next season became the defensive coordinator with the Ravens. Chuck and his wife, Tina, have three children and three grandchildren.
Bruce A. Tollner
Bruce A. Tollner, Esq. and his cousin, Ryan Tollner, founded REP 1 Sports, a premier sports agency based in Irvine, California, that represents professional football athletes such as Ben Roethlisberger, Mike Iupati, Shea McClellin, Star Lotulelei, Blake Bortles, Packer Hall of Famer Kabeer Gbaja-Biamila and Jaguar Hall of Famer Mark Brunell. While at the University of Southern California, Bruce was a two-sport athlete, competing in both baseball and crew. He has competed in marathons and is a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He is the author of The C.H.I.L.D. Game Plan, with the foreword written by Stephen R. Covey. Bruce and his wife, Lisa, have three children.
|Publish Date||Jun 24, 2014|