Colts' Andrew Luck Steps Up and Shaves Head to Support Head Coach Chuck Pagano

Gabe ZaldivarPop Culture Lead WriterNovember 7, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 23: Head coach Chuck Pagano of the Indianapolis Colts watches from the sidelines against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 23, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)
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Andrew Luck is the latest Indianapolis Colts player to shave his head to show solidarity with head coach Chuck Pagano, who continues to battle cancer. 


ESPN's Adam Schefter reported the gesture on Wednesday through Twitter.

Cutting-edge news: Colts quarterback Andrew Luck has shaved his head in honor of head coach Chuck Pagano.

— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) November 7, 2012

As many know, Pagano has been away from the team as he continues to receive treatment for leukemia. Last weekend, the 52-year old gave an emotional speech after watching the Colts beat the Dolphins, 23-20. 

Update: Wednesday, November 7, 3:50 p.m. ET

If you wanted to know how Luck looks all freshly shaved, the team has just released this wonderful Instagram

Update: Wednesday, November 7, 1:15 p.m. ET

The Colts just tweeted this great picture of a cohesive team sporting a great deal more scalp than they used to.


— Indianapolis Colts (@nflcolts) November 7, 2012


The video of Pagano with his team, talking about living with a vision and not in circumstances, will pretty much have you in tears. 

The team is certainly playing above where many pundits thought it would be at this point, especially considering the season it had last year and the fact it is led by a rookie quarterback. 

Instead, the team is 5-3 and Andrew Luck just passed for more than 400 yards on Sunday. 

The goodwill continues to spill over as a good amount of Colts personnel have agreed to shave their heads in solidarity. ESPN reports the following list of players who have stepped up to the clippers. 

Nearly 25 Colts players have shaved their heads, including punter Pat McAfee, defensive lineman Cory Redding, kicker Adam Vinatieri, safety Antoine Bethea, running back Donald Brown, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, cornerback Darius Butler, linebacker Kavell Conner, tackle Anthony Castonzo, guard Joe Reitz and long-snapper Matt Overton.

The best news, though, isn't that the Colts have turned things around, Luck is proving his worth on the field as the playoffs may be a real possibility. 

No, the best news, as ESPN reports, is Pagano has been in a "complete remission" with his disease for more than a month. 

Still, beating this thing seems to be a team effort. 

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