INDIANAPOLIS — "We wanted to go out and Chuck’s message to us is about momentum. Just building that momentum for the playoffs and working on the things we want to work on, which we did. It was great to do it when he’s around. He’s family and it was great to see him out there with us.”
Pagano, in his own way, appreciated the win more than anyone else.
“Overwhelming, humbling. The fans, if I didn’t thank them, I’ll thank them again. We’ve got the very best fans in the National Football League. The outpouring of support and prayers and everything that they’ve shown me and my family and what they did for this team week in and week out, they’re the best. I can’t thank them enough. To be down on the sideline again with the coaches and with the team and with everybody, it was a blessing. It was a blessing," he said.
"I am very humbled by it and anytime you get taken away from what you know and what you’ve done your whole entire life and all of the sudden you’re kind of sidelined, so to speak, and then you have an opportunity. We had a[game date] targeted [to return], there was no guarantee that we would make that date."
Just a chance to coach again, to be on the sidelines again, served as perhaps the best medicine.
“It’s like a dream come true again. It’s the greatest feeling in the world to be down there. You know you have thoughts coming back. We talked about it’s just like riding a bike. You just jump back on and start pedaling,"Pagano said.
"It’s like anything else that you’ve been doing for so long. Just to get out of there and get back to the [Colts Farm Bureau Insurance practice] facility and get back with the team and go through the normalcy of a regular week and be back to doing what you love to do I’m humbled by it and I’m very blessed.”