INDIANAPOLIS – The stunning story of the 2012 season for the Indianapolis Colts spurred one final recognition for the man who manned the sidelines.
Chuck Pagano was in Los Angeles Wednesday at the ESPY Awards as a nominee for the Best Moment Award.
Pagano was one of four finalists for the Best Moment Award. He was nominated for his return to the sideline for the Houston finale on December 30.
Pagano had been absent from the team for 12 games while waging a successful fight against leukemia. He coached the Colts to a 28-16 victory in his return, and his appearance in front of a sold out Lucas Oil Stadium crowd prior to kickoff was one of the most dramatic moments in the club’s 29 years in Indianapolis.
Pagano was joined by Alex Morgan (who scored the winning goal against Canada in soccer in the Olympic semifinals), Andy Murray (winner of a gold medal in tennis at the Olympics) and Jack Hoffman (the seven-year old child battling brain cancer who was allowed to rush for a touchdown in the Nebraska spring game).
Hoffman won the honor.
Bruce Arians, now the head coach of Arizona, was on hand, too. Arians stepped in for Pagano and directed the Colts to a 9-3 mark.
Arians kept Pagano’s message fresh with the players daily and nailed down a playoff berth one week prior to Pagano’s return.
The Colts did not lose consecutive games in 2012, just the ninth time in 60 seasons the franchise earned that distinction.
Indianapolis jumped nine games in the won-loss record to match the third-best one-year turnaround in league history.
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