You notice the salt-and-pepper hair, which is losing its battle to waves of gray.
It’s coming back.
You notice the easy smile and quick wit.
You notice Chuck Pagano, perched behind a podium at Lucas Oil Stadium, representing the Indianapolis Colts on Friday afternoon at the NFL Scouting Combine.
He’s definitely back.
Pagano is in remission after a three-month battle with leukemia that forced him to miss 12 games of the 2012 season. His life-altering experience sharpened his resolve and served as inspiration for the team he was forced to temporarily leave behind.
Now, normalcy has returned, at least as much as possible considering what Pagano endured.
“I feel pretty normal now as far as going through the normal stuff that a football coach goes through on a day-in, day-out basis,” he said. “Whether it will ever be exactly the same, I don’t think it will ever be that way.
“I feel good. I feel like most of that is behind me. I feel good where I’m at right now.”
Then the Pagano wit surfaced.
Has his physician, Dr. Larry Cripe of the IU Health Simon Cancer Center, placed any restrictions on him?
“Very little media obligations,” Pagano said, smiling. “There won’t be any more Wednesday pressers, and Monday. That’s Dr. Cripe. You’ll have to talk with him.”
Colts Pagano says he is 'doing great'
Indianapolis Star | Feb 23