Writers of Pro Football Prospectus 2008

01 Oct 2012

Chuck Pagano Has Leukemia

Sad news out of Indianapolis this morning, as Colts head coach Chuck Pagano has been diagnosed with leukemia. He's fortunate enough to have what is reportedly a treatable form of the disease and will be out for some number of weeks getting treatment. Offensive coordinator Bruce Arians will be the interim head coach while Pagano is being treated. Best wishes to Coach Pagano for a quick return to full health.

Posted by: Tom Gower on 01 Oct 2012

15 comments, Last at 03 Oct 2012, 3:45pm by Dean


by Ranccor :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 10:20am

Very sad news. Wishing him a speedy recovery and sending his family good vibes. From a football point of view...the Colts are already a team in transition and this will not help them get comfortable in the new schemes and solidify. I've liked what I've seen from Chuck so far, so hopefully his career is not in permanent jeopardy.

by James-London :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:04am

Awful news. Lost my fiancée to AML almost a year ago. Screw the football, I hope the guy beats the tar out of it.

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

by Will Allen :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:14am

I'm sorry to hear of your loss.

by James-London :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:27am

Thank you.

Phil Simms is a Cretin.

by Will Allen :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:13am

It's a wonderful world in which we live today, that what used to be a near-automatic death sentence, is often times a mere career set-back, albeit a very painful and uncomfortable career set-back.

by dmstorm22 :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 11:48am

Apparently there is a chance he coaches again this season.

Even as a Colts fan, I don't care if he coaches again this season. I just want him to be strong and beat the you-know-what out of the cancer.

Thoughts and prayers with Coach Pagano and his family. Really glad to hear that this isn't as serious as it could've been.

by theslothook :: Mon, 10/01/2012 - 7:41pm

Im not sure how early they caught it, but its kind of a blessing in disguise that his being the head coach may have been the reason they discovered it when they had. I know a few people who didn't realize they had cancer until serious symptoms started to show up.

On a second note and I know will mentioned this too- I know the american medical system gets plenty of criticism- but we really are the pioneers in medical technology and a big reason why this disease isn't a death sentence. Its amazing how far we've come.

by AB (not verified) :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 4:06am

It's not a death sentence (probably) if you're an NFL Head Coach earning millions a year with an A+ medical plan. I bet it's a death sentence if you living in a housing project somewhere in the grimmer parts of Baltimore. That's the criticism of the American medical system; and it's bang on the money.

by the cat in the box is dead (not verified) :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 9:24am

To conclude: Cancer bad, medicine good. Politics: a good way to start an argument.

by AB (not verified) :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 9:43am

It's hardly "politics" to note that poor people have very limited access to medical care in the USA and that is bad.

And therefore the "we" in "how far we've come" is a distinctly limited "we", which includes Chuck Pagano but probably not the families of most of his players (before they made it big).

by TomKelso :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 12:07pm

There's no reason to turn this into a political debate; Will didn't bring it up, you two did. The progress of civilization never used to be a political football -- which is the only kind of football I hate to see on this site.

I'm as political a critter as you can get; but there is something unseemly about using the probable recovery of a man from a frightening disease as a platform for a debate that we are already having and have had for several years now.

by Dean :: Wed, 10/03/2012 - 3:45pm

Not sure why posts 8, 9, 10, 12 and 13 haven't all been deleted for violating rule #1.

by AB (not verified) :: Tue, 10/02/2012 - 1:36pm

Will's proposition was that it's "a wonderful world in which we live" where someone in Pagano's position can expect to recover.

Surely it's completely fair to point out that the "world" he refers to is certainly not Planet Earth, and probably not much of the United States? If he's saying "It's wonderful to be a privileged wealthy American in 2012" then we agree.

by Whatev :: Wed, 10/03/2012 - 7:22am

You seem to be insinuating that only the very wealthy get healthcare. Be fair. Surviving cancer's not just for millionaires; it goes pretty far down the spectrum, even if it doesn't go far enough.

by Will Allen :: Wed, 10/03/2012 - 12:13pm

You haven't the slightest idea of what you are talking about.


Poor people on Medicaid receive effective, and very expensive, leukemia treatment in the United States. You have thus taken a fairly general statement, that health care technology has improved the lives of millions, added a large dollop of your abject ignorance, in an effort to politicize the conversation, while making an implication that is clearly at odds with observable reality.

It really is best to avoid making political arguments in this forum of any kind, period, but especially if you can't be bothered to educate yourself first. There is enough political yelping, untethered from examination of facts, elsewhere on the Intertubes.

(Edit)By the way, here is a more scientific examination......


....of the effect of poverty on leukemia survival. Yes, there are types in which being poor will increase the chance of dying. Of course I never implied anything which is at odds with that fact. It is also true that there are types, including, apparently Pagano's type of the disease, in which being on Medicaid is not statistically associated with a lower chance of survival. Believe it or not, even if you are dirt poor, it is much, much, much, better to be diagnosed with leukemia, and a myriad of other very deadly diseases, today, than it was a couple of decades ago.