INDIANAPOLIS –Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano's diagnosis of acute promyelocytic leukemia was met with shock, sadness and resolve to push forward at the Colts practice complex Monday.
Here are some of the reactions:
“I feel with every fiber in my body, and I know Chuck feels the same way, that he can beat this thing.” – Colts owner Jim Irsay
“The goal of the treatment…is to cure the disease. That means he's returned to a fully functional life, the life that he's worked so hard to earn and he's looking forward to leading the Colts to some Super Bowls. However, the process is long and complicated and we are just starting right now.” – Dr. Larry D. Cripe
“As we talked to the players this morning, the best medicine for (Pagano) is for the team to continue to fight four quarters and to show him what he said is still in existence and it will be.” – Colts general manager Ryan Grigson
“If Chuck can't get back for the regular season, why can't we extend the season, play a few more games until he gets back? We're going to get some guys healthy. We're going to get better each week. Let's extend the season for him so he can come back.” – Colts interim coach Bruce Arians
“I'm pretty sure that when we go out on this field on Sunday, and every game, we are going to play for coach Pagano. One of the best things we can do for him is wherever he's at watching that TV, he can look at that ticker and see we're winning. We can win for him.” – Colts safety Antoine Bethea
“Being around him for the last months, I know he'll fight leukemia just like he's come to work every day, with great enthusiasm. I firmly believe he'll beat it.” – Colts quarterback Andrew Luck.
“I know how Chuck is made and I know how he'll approach this. I know that he'll come out of this healthy and he'll be back with us in no time.” – Colts safety Tom Zbikowski
“It's all about my faith and knowing that his faith is strong, and his wife's faith is strong, that's what's going to get us through. When situations like this happen, there is only one way to turn and that's to God.” – Colts defensive end Cory Redding
“This isn't a head coaching job for me right now. It's just an expanded leadership role until Chuck comes back.” – Arians