Colts coach Chuck Pagano diagnosed with leukemia


Colts coach Chuck Pagano is dealing with a serious illness that will cause him to miss several games.

The Indianapolis Star reports that Pagano had been feeling fatigued and got blood tests during the bye week, when the illness was diagnosed. The Colts have planned a press conference for this morning at which they will give more details on his medical condition.

Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will take over as interim head coach while Pagano is out.

Pagano, who will turn 52 on Tuesday, is in his first year as the Colts’ head coach. A Colts official told the Indianapolis Star that while Pagano’s health issue is a concern, the team is optimistic that he will recover.

UPDATE 9:09 a.m. ET: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Pagano has been diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors have told him he will be hospitalized for six weeks but that he will make a full recovery and return to coaching.

38 responses to “Colts coach Chuck Pagano diagnosed with leukemia

  1. Hope its nothing too serious and hes back on the sidelines soon. Get well Chuck!
    -Pats fan

  2. “UPDATE 9:09 a.m. ET: ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that Pagano has been diagnosed with leukemia. Doctors have told him he will be hospitalized for six weeks but that he will make a full recovery and return to coaching.”

    Good to hear. That’s crazy bad news for anyone. I wish him the best.

  3. Holy smokes. That’s gotta be super scary, but also great news that it’s treatable and he is expected to make a full recovery. I love Pagano from his days with the Ravens, and I will be sure to pray for his health.

  4. My wife just completed six months of chemo for leukemia. She’s beatingit and you too can, Chuck! Good luck!

  5. As much as I (& most of those here) love football & all sports, there are certain things that circumvent the sport(s) & the rivalries we have.
    This is one of those things…..I pray that the Good Lord will provide comfort & strength to this man and those around him, that he may get through this, and defeat this horrid disease. GOD BLESS

  6. Great news in the update in that he’s expected to make a full recovery. All the best to Coach Pagano and hope to see him back on the field soon.

  7. Here’s hoping he makes a full recovery. Godspeed Chuck.

    Quick Question: Will the NFL still wear pink for women’s cancer awareness month in October? The tradition has grown on many football fans.

  8. This is where football takes a back seat. I hope you get the proper treatment, Chuck. I’m an Eagles fan, but this weekend I’ll cheer your product on! Prayers are with you, my fellow man.

  9. Such sad news to start with on a Monday.

    We just participated the Light The Night walk for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society here Friday night. They do fantastic work and make it possible to beat these types of cancers. I encourage everyone to donate whenever possible to continue research, because cancer rates are growing at an alarming rate.

    Prayers to you coach!

  10. tlmoon2112 says:Oct 1, 2012 9:14 AM

    Lost my son to cancer. Praying now, good Lord.


    Why on earth would anybody give this statement a thumbs down? What the H!#@ is wrong with people?!

  11. First and formost I pray for Coach and his family, stay positive and have faith. To all the people who have thumbs downs, I pray that karma doesn’t come back to bite you or a member in your family, may God heal your minds. Not sure what kind of person want to see others suffer and be okay with, so sad.

  12. News like this makes you realize what’s really important.

    I have a friend who’s mom was able to beat this. Best of luck to you coach Chuck!

  13. Lost my brother to leukemia almost 30 years ago. They have done well in figuring out treatments for this type of cancer now. I pray for a full recovery for you.

  14. Wow — this is absolutely awful news.

    As a Steeler fan, it was easy to see how impressive Coach Pagano was in regularly running out a supremely tough, hard-nosed defense.

    Major prayers to Coach Pagano. I hope he kicks Leukemia’s ass like he’s kicked some serious NFL tail for years.

  15. The worst thing about cancer and similar diseases isn’t treatment or side effects. Its the struggle to keep it from controlling your life, to not let it become who you are, being a burden to others, and causing people who love you to stress. And of course having to ask for and accept help. Such folks, for some reason, didn’t get the memo that this was ok….
    Yes I am a survivor. And you will be too coach….

  16. God bless you, Coach and your family. We’re all praying for you and hope that you make a speedy recovery. I hear you are a fighter. I hope you win this round quickly and can come back to us before the season is over.

  17. I am currently fighting the same thing. He can beat this, and return to coaching, but its going to take more than 6 weeks. There are different treatments for different forms of the disease, but 6 weeks would only constitute the initial round of treatments. He has a long row to hoe, and I wish him the best!

  18. As a Cardinals fan, my heart and prayers go out to Coach Pagano and family, and hope he has a form of leukemia that responds to treatment. Even with the best prognosis, it is going to be a challenge and is always serious. As fans we may support different teams and have our rivalries but are all a part of a “football family”who never want to see anything horrible befall anyone. Good luck in the weeks to come.

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