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Colts Players Shave Heads To Support Coach Chuck Pagano

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When Colts head coach Chuck Pagano was diagnosed with Leukemia, it was hard to say what would come next. But Pagano has become a source of strength for Indianapolis, even while unable to be on the sidelines. And, in turn, Colts players are showing their support for Pagano—by shaving their heads bald. Here’s the story, from the Indy Star, plus a picture below:

Bald is in with the Indianapolis Colts. More than two dozen players along with several support-staff personnel decided to shave their heads in support of coach Chuck Pagano, who’s started a second round of chemotherapy in his battle with leukemia. “It’s all for Chuck,’’ said punter Pat McAfee Tuesday evening. “We all don’t look good. I’m not built to have a bald head. I’ve got a huge sniffer. “But we all love our coach so much that we want to show unity and let people know we’re all in this together. It’s a really cool thing.’’ David Thornton, the director of player engagement, got things rolling after Tuesday’s practice. He had a barber waiting in a hallway as players walked off the practice field. McAfee and defensive end Cory Redding were among the first to lose their hair. “Then it kind of caught on like wildfire,’’ McAfee said. The list of players includes McAfee, Redding, placekicker Adam Vinatieri, safety Antoine Bethea, running back Donald Brown, wide receiver Nathan Palmer, corneback Darius Butler, linebacker Kavell Conner, offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, guard Joe Reitz and long-snapper Matt Overton.