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PAGANO EXCHANGES TEXTS WITH PLAYERS AS ‘CHUCKSTRONG’ MESSAGE GROWS

Posted by Kevin Bowen on October 8, 2012 – 5:38 pm

Chuck Pagano’s cell phone certainly needed a charge late Sunday evening.

Just like his team had done to the scoreboard in the second half, Pagano’s phone was lighting up with text messages from Colts players.

On Monday afternoon, some of his players shared their thoughts on the interaction between teacher and pupil.

“We texted back and forth last night and it was nice to read those,” quarterback Andrew Luck said. “I think he was obviously excited and proud of us and I’m sure very emotional.”

Outside linebacker Dwight Freeney had to chuckle when recalling the texts he exchanged with Pagano.

“He’s fired up in the text message,” Freeney said. “That’s just how he is. It’s good to see he’s doing well and we could just do a little bit to get him going on the right track.”

Players laughed when describing the exclamation points and caps lock that Pagano used to show how happy he was of his players.

“Since he’s not in the meeting rooms, he most definitely has some good speeches with him,” safety Antoine Bethea said. “Through texts, that’s the way to get your point across with the all caps. He seems like he’s doing good and is in good spirits.”

When Luck took a three-yard quarterback draw into the end zone late in the third quarter, he showed his own emotion by spiking the football and running through the back of the end zone.

He had a destination, and that was slapping the ‘CHUCKSTRONG’ sign that was hanging on the wall behind the end zone.

Colts and Packers players donned ‘CHUCKSTRONG’ shirts during pregame on Sunday with many in the crowd purchasing them on their way into Lucas Oil Stadium.

Punter Pat McAfee has utilized his social media prowess to carry the ‘CHUCKSTRONG’ motto to fans and doesn’t see it coming to a halt anytime soon.

“Chuck is going to beat leukemia and CHUCKSTRONG is something that is going to live on forever and it’s going to help a lot of families going through the same things,” McAfee said.

“This city rallies behind people like nobody else I’ve ever been around. This CHUCKSTRONG thing is an amazing movement. The city of Indianapolis and the legion of Colts fans everywhere has really bought in. It’s amazing to see the power of the people and what you can really do.”


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