The Washington Times-Herald

Indianapolis Colts

October 3, 2012

Pagano diagnosed with leukemia

INDIANAPOLIS —

The news coming from the Indianapolis Colts West 56th Street offices Monday morning was, to say the least, stunning.
 
During a hastily called news conference, teams officials confirmed that Colts coach Chuck Pagano has been hospitalized since last Wednesday after being diagnosed with acute promyelocytic leukemia.
 
According to team owner Jim Irsay, Pagano had been suffering from fatigue and some unusual bruising on his body since the start of training camp in August. The first-year Indianapolis coach had initially attributed his fatigue on the rigors of his job and on the oppressive heat during the camp's duration.
 
When the symptoms didn't go away after the start of the season earlier this month, Tina Pagano urged her husband to go in for a checkup. Dr. Larry Cripe of the IU Health Simon Cancer Center made the official diagnosis.
 
The Colts did not have a game this past Sunday due to a regularly schedule bye week. Pagano put the team through two days of workouts Tuesday and Wednesday before a four-day break. He entered the hospital that night.
 
"It’s been a very difficult week. The coach was feeling some fatigue over the last few weeks, had noticed some bruising on his body that at first that he thought could have been from contact on the field coaching or playing with his grandkids or whatever. Eventually, through talking to his wife, Tina, she said, ‘You need to check that out because the bruising appears to be more and more prominent,'" Irsay explained.
 
"So we did have the coach go in, get fully evaluated on the bruising and his fatigue, and the conclusion came down that he did have leukemia. A very difficult blow for him, for his family. We always talk about God, family, football in that order. And certainly this has been difficult for him and for his family. Knowing Chuck, his first concern always is going to be for his children, for his grandchildren, for his wife, for others. That’s just the type of man he is. But I am optimistic."

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