Chuck Pagano spent most of last season finding new ways to coach football.
During his ordeal of chemotherapy treatments for leukemia, he watched games from his bed with his wife, communicated with players and assistants by phone and text messages and scoured game film on his home computer. The Colts responded with one of the greatest turnarounds in league history and an improbable run to the playoffs.
On Monday, the Professional Football Writers of American selected Indianapolis' inspirational coach as its George Halas Award winner for overcoming adversity.
"I am honored and humbled to receive this award," Pagano said in a statement released by the team. "The encouragement I received from my family, friends, the Irsay family, the Colts organization, the city of Indianapolis and fans around the country was overwhelming. The outpouring of prayers, love and support from a community that hardly knew me, made me realize how fortunate and proud I am to serve this organization and city."
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The Indianapolis Colts have agreed to terms with unrestricted free agent Ahmad Bradshaw.
The former New York Giants star and unrestricted free agent visited the Colts last week and the deal was announced Tuesday. Terms were not disclosed.
The 27-year-old Bradshaw gives the Colts depth in the backfield and he could challenge Donald Brown,Vick Ballard and Delone Carter for the starting role.
The Indianapolis Colts today signed nine undrafted free agents including: tackle Emmett Cleary, kicker Brandon McManus, running back Dan Moore, running back Denodus O’Bryant, cornerback Sheldon Price, linebacker C.O. Prime, wide receiver Rodrick Rumble, wide receiver Lanear Sampson and cornerback Daxton Swanson. The team also waived running back Alvester Alexander, fullback Robert Hughes and linebacker Shawn Loiseau.
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