Chuck Pagano’s emotional postgame speech to his victorious Colts on Sunday grabbed headlines around the sports world. The former Baltimore Ravens defensive coordinator and current Indy head coach is battling leukemia. The video of his speech particularly touched some of the Ravens players that he coached during his time in Baltimore.
Though Pagano worked on the other side of the ball, running back Ray Rice talked about how much Pagano meant to the team during his tenure with the Ravens.
“Chuck Pagano is one of the greatest men I’ve ever met in my life,” Rice said in an interview with the NFL Network on Thursday. ”Them guys played for Chuck. When he wanted something, he got it,” Rice added.
“To see what he’s going through and the way his team is responding, it’s something that the league can look at.”
Andrew Luck and many other Colts players have shaved their heads to support their head coach. For the first time in Ravens history, Baltimore has good reason to cheer for Indy.