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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INDIANAPOLIS – Beginning Monday, July 22, the Indianapolis Colts Mascot, Blue, will team up with Indiana Toyota dealerships to raise money for the National MS Society by forming a team to ride in their annual Bike MS event and collecting monetary donations over the next two months. Blue will launch the initiative on Monday, July 22, during visits to six Central Indiana Toyota Dealers over a span of three days. Blue has adopted the National MS Society as one of his favorite charities in honor of his family members and friends who have been affected by this disease, including his close friend Ryan Asdourian, who performs as Blitz, the mascot for the Seattle Seahawks.
At each of Blue’s visits to Toyota dealerships, he will arrive on a bicycle before signing autographs, meeting with fans and collecting donations for the National MS Society. Each of Blue’s stops is free and open to the public. In addition, fans can visit www.colts.com/blue to sign up to be a part of Blue’s Bike MS team and ride with him during the National MS Society event on Saturday, September 7, at Creekside Middle School in Carmel, Ind. Toyota will match all donations, up to $2,000, that are made to the National MS Society via Blue’s website at www.colts.com/blue.
Below is a list of dates and locations for Blue’s Toyota dealership visits:
MONDAY, JULY 22
TOYOTA OF MUNCIE*
Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47304
Scheumann Stadium parking lot
Located on the corner of McGalliard and Tillotson Ave
*Blue’s appearance will take place during Toyota of Muncie’s tent sale at Ball State University
3813 South LaFountain St, Kokomo, IN 46902
TUESDAY, JULY 23
CARVER TOYOTA OF COLUMBUS
10255 N US Hwy 31, Taylorsville, IN 47280
ED MARTIN TOYOTA
5500 Scatterfield Rd, Anderson, IN 46013
WEDNESDAY, JULY 24
TOYOTA OF RICHMOND
5601 National Road East, Richmond, IN 47374
ROYAL SOUTH TOYOTA
3115 South Walnut St, Bloomington, IN 47401
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In today’s installment of Daily Headlines, Mike Chappell looks at the defensive ends candidates of his all-Indy team. Also, the story of Jerrell Freeman never gets old and another piece on it is below.
Each morning Colts.com will take a look at the top headlines surrounding the Indianapolis Colts from around the globe. What is the local and national media saying about the Colts?
Take a look below at the top pieces from Wednesday, July 17th.
By: Mike Chappell, Indy Star
The Colts defensive ends are next up on Chappell’s all-Indy team.
The candidates include some elite names and the group consists of Tony Bennett, Chad Bratzke, Dwight Freeney, Jon Hand, Robert Mathis and Donnell Thompson.
By: Staff, KWTX.com
Jerrell Freeman never forgets his roots.
The Waco, Texas native went to Division III Mary-Hardin Baylor for college before embarking on a three-year career in the Canadian Football League and alas the NFL.
“Guys in D-3, obviously, you know, we don’t get scholarships or anything it’s just for the love of the game,” said Freeman. “I just love football. I went to UMHB because I knew we were going to win.”
After a season in which Freeman racked up 203 tackles, he treated the 2013 offseason like he was still a player trying to find an elusive spot on the Colts 53-man roster.
“The reason I went to college was to get a degree,” Freeman said of his major offseason goal. “It was very important to me. Coming out of high school, you know, education is a big thing in my family and getting that degree was very big in my life.”
“It’s very evident in what he thinks is important. Coming back to school to finish his degree, give back to the places that have helped him in his career,” said Fredenburg. “He’s just the most grounded young man that you ever want to meet and we couldn’t be prouder.”
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