No, not just the Irsays, yet very much them. (Sounds like an oxymoron if I’ve ever heard one).
My first live game was at Indianapolis, a memory I’ll never forget and I sat next to a perfect stranger who simply shook my hand, introducing himself as Brian Wise. It may have helped that he was wearing a Colts Guernsey while I had my number 12 on. But it was like I was meeting family. When he found out I was from Australia he asked, “well, how did you pick the Colts as your team to follow?” I explained it was all the community things I kept hearing about. Sure, all NFL teams do it, but there was something extra in the way the Colts went about supporting their community. “It comes from the head down,” said Brian. “Jim Irsay is very much community minded so we all seem to just follow his spirit. Players, coaches, staff and fans.”
Recently the Colts received devastating news that has even rocked those in Australia who follow the NFL. But listening to Jim Irsay’s take on the news was heartwarming. Coach Pagano has leukemia, and when Mr. Irsay announced it he simply said that the head coach will miss a few games, about six or so, but he will be back. In other words Coach Pagano has the full support of the Colts family and we are there for him through this fight. There is little many of us can physically dog for Chuck Pagano, but I know how important positive support is to get you through a battle with cancer, and Chuck you have the support and prayers of every Colts fan in the world. Certainly, I’ll be sending up lots of prayers for a man who always has a smile in his face and nothing but a good word to say about anyone.
I know the Colts family is leaving a light on in Coach Pagano’s office until he gets back so I’m going to do the same here. I’ll also be going to Church to light a candle for him and look forward to his very healthy return to the gridiron.
Rooting for the Colts a half a world away. Our resident Aussie blogger, Rob Zammit, is a veterinarian and dedicated Colts fan.
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