RTC: Inside Pagano's book

June, 24, 2014
Jun 24
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Despite obvious signs to the contrary, Indianapolis Colts coach Chuck Pagano believed his health wasn't seriously compromised. So he was floored when doctors told him he had leukemia.

"It's like getting hit across the head with a baseball bat," Pagano told USA Today's Nate Davis. "First thing you want to do is say, 'Why me?' Maybe throw a little pity party for yourself. But then I go back to the Jacksonville game. We lost in the last 50 seconds of the game, we had the thing won and gave up an 80-yard touchdown pass. And Robert Mathis in the locker room, he called the team up and said, 'There's no pity parties in football. Let's move on. Let's make the corrections and move on.'"

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That's just one of the issues that Pagano expounds upon in his book "Sidelined: A Winning Season in Perspective," which is available beginning today.

All proceeds from the book are going to cancer research, and Pagano hopes that sharing his battle with cancer will help others as they battle with the disease.

Here are some additional Colts-related pieces of content from around the Web in the Reading the Coverage feature:
  • It's not going to be much of a vacation for offensive lineman Donald Thomas, writes Kevin Bowen of Colts.com. Thomas is going to spend a lot of time during the next month at the facility rehabbing a torn biceps and a torn quad.
  • Here's the Indy Star's Q&A with Pagano, in which he answers questions about a variety of topics, including his family and writing his book.

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