Irsay delivers game ball to Pagano following Colts comeback win

 Following the Indianapolis Colts improbable win on Sunday team owner Jim Irsay gave the team an inspiring speech in the locker room. Irsay then delivered the game ball to coach Chuch Pagano who is hospitalized at the Simon Cancer Center in Indianapolis.

“That was the first time I wanted to go to a hospital,” said Irsay.  “I could not wait to get to the hospital and deliver that game ball. He is doing tremendous, he looks great, his spirits are so high and he could not be prouder.”

In an interview with Fox 59, Irsay said Coach Pagano was sad he could not be there with the team, but their actions on the field made him proud.

“Just had an incredible time, talking about the game,” said Irsay.  “His spirits are so high.  Just incredible.”

It is expected that Pagano will miss six to eight weeks as he undergoes treatment for a treatable form of leukemia. The first year coach had a large presence on Sunday as banners and shirts displaying #chuckstrong were displayed throughout Lucas Oil Stadium.

The Colts rallied from an 18 point half time deficit to defeat the Green Bay Packers 30-27.