Colts Camp: Chuck Pagano Shows Support for Chiefs Eric Berry
At the team’s training camp Tuesday, Indianapolis Colts head coach Chuck Pagano showed his support for Kansas City Chiefs safety Eric Berry by wearing his very own “Stuntman” player t-shirt:
As you may recall, Berry was previously diagnosed with Hodgkins Lymphoma last December and missed the final 4 games of the regular season for the Chiefs. However, he has recently been medically cleared and has been practicing with the team, having completed his treatment this past June.
Jul 29, 2015; St. Joseph, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) walks to the field on the first day of training camp at Missouri Western State University. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Of course, Pagano battled his own form of cancer in leukemia during the 2012 season and knows all too well the amount of sheer will power and fight it takes to beat the potentially deadly disease. From “Chuckstrong” to “BerryStrong”, it takes a tremendous amount of courage and resolve.
It was a classy gesture and just shows the type of man Pagano is on both the inside and outside. Not only is he a great leader of men, but he’s a terrific person off the field. The type of coach his players would go through a brick wall for, and today was a clear indication as to why.
It’s not the first time Pagano has provided support for Berry; however, as he reportedly contacted the safety soon after the latter was diagnosed with cancer this past December:
"“He (Pagano) would text me and tell me, ‘Look, they’re going to do a bone marrow biopsy’,” Berry told the media last month. “‘This is what you need to be prepared for — this, this, this, and this.’ And he had me prepared for a lot of the things that I wasn’t aware of, so I think I was just very blessed to have people to reach out and help me along this whole situation.”"
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