Skip to content

Chuck Pagano reaches out to John Fox, Gary Kubiak

Wade Phillips, Chuck Pagano AP

Having two NFL coaches go to the hospital in the same weekend might have been unprecedented, but there is someone who can tell them how to handle it.

Colts coach Chuck Pagano, who missed most of last year while he battled cancer, said he reached out to Broncos coach John Fox and Texans coach Gary Kubiak to offer his support.

“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.”

Pagano’s comeback has been impressive, even if other coaches who have been through similar battles worried that he pushed himself too fast.

But the pressure of the game won’t change when Fox and Kubiak return, and no one knows that better than Pagano.

Permalink 4 Comments Feed for comments Latest Stories in: Denver Broncos, Home, Houston Texans, Indianapolis Colts, Rumor Mill
4 Responses to “Chuck Pagano reaches out to John Fox, Gary Kubiak”
  1. pabrownsfan says: Nov 6, 2013 8:35 AM

    Best of luck to both. Get well soon.

  2. Suck for the Duck says: Nov 6, 2013 11:05 AM

    Pagano also reached out to University of Minnesota coach Jerry Kill, who took a leave of absence to get control over his epileptic seizures. Pretty classy guy.

  3. paulr1956 says: Nov 6, 2013 12:59 PM

    I agree that Coach Pagano is a classy guy. Regardless of how competitive coaches will be in order to gain even the slightest advantage over another team, it’s important to remember what Mr. Pagano said, “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 think this is a great example of good sportsmanship. The Texans and Broncos are both in the AFC and the Texans are in the same division. Regardless of what happens on the field during a game between them, there’s still that respect and concern for the “adversary’s” health.

    Thanks, Coach Pagano, for showing us the good side of competitive sports.

  4. sb8ramsfan says: Nov 6, 2013 11:26 PM

    The coaches know and care about each other, even though they are all ultracompetitive in their jobs. :)

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to leave a comment. Not a member? Register now!