Colts players, staff members go bald for head coach Chuck Pagano's battle with leukemia

Luck, Wayne, Vinatieri shave heads

INDIANAPOLIS - Dozens of Colts players and staff members are going bald to support head coach Chuck Pagano in his battle with leukemia.

A trio of barbers visited the Colts complex Tuesday night to buzz the heads of more than 25 players and several staff members.

Watch: Colts players shave heads for Pagano

"It's all for a good cause," said running back Donald Brown. "It's to show support for our coach and let him know that we are behind him and we are pulling for him. We are always thinking about him."

Pagano, who was diagnosed with leukemia Sept. 26 and has lost his hair to chemotherapy, returned to Lucas Oil Stadium for the first time Sunday for a post-win pep talk.

The head-shaving effort was spearheaded by defensive end Cory Redding, wide receiver Reggie Wayne and placekicker Adam Vinatieri.

While Redding and Wayne didn't have much to cut off, safety Antoine Bethea, offensive tackle Anthony Castonzo, quarterback Andrew Luck and punter Pat McAfee were among the many players who gave up their locks.

"Oh man, I can just feel myself becoming more attractive," McAfee said, laughing, as his trademark hair was buzzed off.

"Even the guys with longer hair, we're excited because it's for Coach," Brown said.

Tatum Parker, a 12-year-old, two-time cancer survivor, said she knows what it's like to be bald from chemotherapy, and she's thanking the Colts for their gesture of support.

 

"It's a great, great thing that you're doing, and you're helping lots of people to realize the struggle," Parker said. "It's a very great and courageous thing to do, so thank you."

Doctors said Pagano's leukemia is in remission. He is expected to start another round of chemotherapy this week.

The Colts have said they hope to have Pagano back on the sidelines before the end of the season.

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