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More than 30 players, coaches, and staff members on the Indianapolis Colts shaved their heads on Tuesday to support their head coach Chuck Pagano, who is fighting leukemia.
The team brought in a barber to the lockout room after practice on Tuesday. According to the team’s official website, rookie quarterback Andrew Luck, wide receiver Reggie Wayne, defensive end Robert Mathis, and safety Antoine Bethea were among the players who trimmed their heads to show their support.
Buzzed heads and orange locks in honor of Chuck! instagr.am/p/RvOTlWJ62q/
— Jim Irsay (@JimIrsay) November 7, 2012
Earlier this season, Wayne violated the NFL’s uniform code by wearing orange gloves and an orange mouthpiece to support his coach. The color orange is a symbol for leukemia awareness. He was not fined by the NFL.
Pagano was diagnosed with leukemia on September 26 and immediately began undergoing treatment. He was able to attend the Colts home game on Sunday and watched as the Colts rallied to beat the Miami Dolphins 23-20. He gave an inspirational speech to his players before and after the game.
Doctors say that his leukemia is in remission, but he still has two more rounds of chemotherapy to go.