Why We Should All Be Rooting for Chuck Pagano, Indianapolis Colts

Chris TrapassoAnalyst INovember 25, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, FL - NOVEMBER 8: Fans of the Indianapolis Colts shows signs supporting coach Chuck Pagano during play against the Jacksonville Jaguars in an NFL Network Thursday Night Football game November 8, 2012 at EverBank Field in Jacksonville, Florida. The Colts won 27 - 10. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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In January, the Indianapolis Colts totally wiped out their previously accomplished organization. Now, with a roster lined with rookies, a new general manager and a head coach dealing with leukemia, they're in the thick of the AFC playoff race.

Imagine that.

So much for the two- or three-year rebuilding process that traditionally yields a variety of disappointment, growing pains and, most importantly, losses.

Right now, we all should be rooting for this Colts team. 

Pagano got his first head coaching gig, then was diagnosed with the serious illness and was forced to leave the team. His departure spurned the now famed "ChuckStrong" hashtag on Twitter and inspired the youthful bunch to wins over the Green Bay Packers at home and thrillers over the Tennessee Titans and Miami Dolphins

According to ESPN's Chris Mortensen, Pagano could be returning to the sidelines soon:

Pagano starts 3rd & final chemo on Fri. Doctor says he's still in complete remission. Text he's BLESSED! #Chuckstrong

— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) November 25, 2012

Interim coach and offensive coordinator Bruce Arians has done a tremendous job filling in and holding the team together after such a jolting development. But the Colts will get a major boost when Pagano is healthy enough to assume his head coaching duties.

Battling for a win on Sunday is one thing, but Pagano has been fighting for his life, and his cancer is now reportedly in remission. 

Cancer has affected many of us, so, if for no other reason, that's precisely why all should be rooting for Indianapolis this season. 

It's really that simple.